Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers
The top two teams in the American League face off as the Detroit Tigers host the Texas Rangers in a rematch of last season’s ALCS. The Rangers are -130 favorites over the Tigers with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Detroit Tigers return home after a six game road trip where they have won their last four games in a row. The Tigers are 5-1 at home this season, have a 2.5 game lead in the A.L. Central, and have outscored their opponents 58-40 overall this season. As a team the Tigers are hitting .272 with Price Fielder hitting .356, Austin Jackson hitting .333, Jhonny Peralta hitting .317, and Miguel Cabrera hitting .267. As a team the Tigers’ pitching staff has a 3.09 ERA with the starters at 2.94 and the bullpen at 3.41. For game one against the Rangers Detroit starts Adam Wilk who took a loss in his first outing this year. In his last outing Wilk allowed three hits and two runs while striking out four over five innings of work for a 3.60 ERA but left the game when he was hit by a line drive when he was in the dugout but his health is O.K. for this one.
The Texas Rangers are looking to go to the World Series for the third year in a row but this time they would like to end it with a win. The Rangers have won six games in a row, are undefeated on the road this season, and and have a four game lead in the A.L. West. As a team Texas is hitting .290 led by Josh Hamilton at .440, Michael Young at .356, and Ian Kinsler and Adrian Betre at .292. As a team the Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 2.36 with the starters at 2.94 and the bullpen at 3.41. For game one at Comerica Park Texas starts Yu Darvish who is still looking to make the transition to the US from Japan. For the season Darvish has allowed 17 hits and seven runs while striking out nine over 11.1 innings of work for a 4.76 ERA.
Detroit is 21-6 in their last 27 home games, 44 -18 in their 62 games overall, and 1-6 in their last seven games as a home underdog. Texas is 5-0 in their last five road games, 10-2 in their last 12 games against a left handed starter, and 39-15 in their last 54 games overall. Texas is 5-2 in the last seven games between these two.
We have some of the best hitters in baseball and not really the best pitchers and I see this one going over the total.