Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers
The Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers meet on Friday for game one of their series in Arlington. The Rangers. The Rangers are -140 favorites over the Tigers with an over/under run total set at 10.5.
The Texas Rangers have been among the teams with the best record in the Majors all season long and they continue to get it done. The Rangers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 34-21 at home this season, and they have a 5.5 game lead in the AL West. As a team the Rangers are hitting .278 with Adrian Beltre at .304, Elvis Andrus at .299, and Josh Hamilton at .288. As a team the Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.03 with the starters at 4.27 and the bullpen at 3.49. For game one against the Tigers Texas starts Scott Feldman who seems to have found his game winning his last six decisions. For the year Feldman has allowed 84 hits and 39 earned runs while striking out 53 over 77.2 innings of work for a 4.52 ERA.
The Detroit Tigers are in the heat of the race for the AL Central where every game is going to be meaningful going forward. The Tigers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 27-29 on the road this season, and they are a game back in the AL Central. As a team the Tigers are hitting .272 with Miguel Cabrera at .322, Austin Jackson at .317, and Prince Fielder at .314. As a team the Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.05 with the starters at 4.18 and the bullpen at 3.81. For game one at Texas Detroit stars Max Scherzer who has been solid this year though hit hard in his last two. For the season Scherzer has allowed 134 hits and 67 earned runs while striking out 160 over 127.2 innings of work for a 4.72 ERA.
Texas is 6-2 in their last eight games overall, 48-20 in game one of a series, and 5-1 in Feldman’s last six starts. Detroit is 5-2 in their last seven games against a right handed starter, 2-5 in their last seven road games, and 5-2 in Scherzer’s last seven starts. Detroit is 2-6 in their last six meetings with the Rangers.
We have two lineups who can slug it out and they do here as this one goes over.