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Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/23/14

Texas Rangers (22-24) at Detroit Tigers (27-15)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)

Scott Baker (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Anibal Sanchez (R) (1-2) (2.893)

The Line: Detroit Tigers -168 / Texas Rangers +158 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: MLB N, TXA-21, FSN-DET

The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers will play game two of four on Friday night at Comerica Park.

The Rangers have won three of their last four games and are one win away from becoming a .500 team again. The Rangers offense has carried the way during these last four games, scoring a combined 21 runs, including nine in their Thursday win over the Tigers. However, the Rangers may experience a major blow soon as Prince Fielder is considering having season-ending neck surgery. Alex Rios has at least one RBI in four straight games and Shin-Soo Choo has homered in back-to-back games. Taking the mound Friday is Scott Baker, who is 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA and has two strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Baker is 7-5 with a 4.71 ERA in 23 career starts against the Tigers.

Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/23/14

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After looking like the best team in baseball, the Tigers have lost four straight games and are simply getting hammered. During this four-game losing stretch, the Tigers have allowed a combined 31 runs and drop to 10-11 when allowing three or more runs. The Tigers lineup is still pretty impressive, as Miguel Cabrera has 12 RBI in his last 10 games and Ian Kinsler is riding an eight-game hitting streak. Getting the nod will be Anibal Sanchez, who is 1-2 with a 2.89 ERA and has 27 strikeouts in 28 innings. Sanchez is 0-3 with a 9.49 ERA in three career starts against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 1-6 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 1-7 in their last 8 games as an underdog. The Tigers are 2-7 in Sanchez's last 9 starts as a favorite and 1-5 in Sanchez's last 6 home starts. The Rangers are 9-21 in the last 30 meetings in Detroit.

Sanchez has allowed seven eanred runs in just 15.1 innings this season at home and hasn't won a home start in forever. The Tigers are also in a bit of a slump overall since sweeping the Boston Red Sox. While I don't love the Rangers, this seems like a good spot to try and take advantage of the plus money. 

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Texas Rangers +158

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