Tigers vs. Rangers - 8/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (61-58) at Detroit Tigers (57-61)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
C Lewis (13-5) (4.49) vs. A Simon (10-7) (4.84)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -113 / Texas Rangers +103 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers begin their series Thursday night.
The Texas Rangers look to keep rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Rangers have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight. The Rangers have won 10 straight when scoring more than three runs. Prince Fielder leads Texas with 146 hits and 69 RBI while Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre have combined for 84 RBI. The Texas Rangers have lost four of their last six road games. Martin Perez gets the ball, and he’s 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. Perez is 0-1 with a 12.79 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
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The Detroit Tigers look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Tigers have scored 30 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Tigers have won five of their last six when scoring more than three runs. Ian Kinsler leads Detroit with 145 hits and 56 RBI while J.D. Martinez and Jose Iglesias have combined for 102 RBI. The Detroit Tigers have split their last 10 home games. Alfredo Simon takes the hill, and he’s 10-7 with a 4.84 ERA and 86 strikeouts this season. Simon is 0-0 with a 5.54 ERA and four strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League Central and 4-1 in Perezs last 5 starts. The Tigers are 5-12 in their last 17 vs. American League West and 4-1 in Simons last 5 starts. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Tigers have found their offensive groove as of late and have to be thinking about making a late push with some home games coming up. With a 10-game winner on the hill, I'm siding with Detroit and the small chalk.