Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers - 5/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (15-13) at Detroit Tigers (14-12)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
C Hamels (3-0) (3.30) vs. J Zimmermann (5-0) (0.55)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -130 / Texas Rangers +120 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, FSSW
On Friday evening , the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers will be opening up their weekend set in MLB action at Comerica Park.
The Rangers are coming straight off an extended four-game series in Toronto this week. Texas won the first game and dropped the middle pair. In Thursday’s finale, the Rangers were destroyed by Toronto 12-2.
As for the Tigers, they tangled with the Indians this week. Detroit lost the first two games by a combined 11-3, and then on Thursday the Tigers were only able to muster five hits in a 9-4 loss.
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Making the start in Friday’s series opener for the Rangers, we’ve got left-hander Cole Hamels. In his last appearance on Sunday, Hamels returned from a groin injury to post his worst start of the season with four earned in five innings against the Angels--but still bagged a no-decision. That gives Hamels a 3.30 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP and a 3-0 record across five starts and 30 innings.
Offering up run support, we’ve got a pretty well-rounded crew of Texas hitters. Adrian Beltre leads the way with 30 hits and 16 RBI. Rougned Odor is also playing well with 30 hits, 18 runs and 16 RBI. Ian Desmond has plated a team-high 21 runs with 23 hits and 12 RBI for his part. On Thursday, Beltre, Odor and Desmond combined to go just 1-for-11.
Over on the Tigers’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Jordan Zimmermann making the start in Friday’s game. Zimmermann has been downright lethal on the mound this season, posting a 5-0 record with a shiny 0.55 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over 33 innings. On Saturday against the Twins, Zimmermann allowed just one run to the Twins across seven innings.
The Detroit batting order has been pretty efficient this year as well. Nick Castellanos is hitting .383 with 36 hits and 22 RBI. Castellanos was the only Tiger to get multiple hits in Thursday’s game. Ian Kinsler has posted a team-high 22 runs with 33 hits, five homers and 15 RBI. Victor Martinez has also been awesome on 30 hits, 10 doubles and 18 RBI. Martinez and Kinsler combined to go 1-for-8 on Thursday.
The Rangers are 5-0 in Hamels’ last five start during game one of a series, and 15-2 in Hamels’ last 17 starts overall.
As for the Tigers, they’re just 4-10 in their last 14 Friday games and 5-0 in Zimmermann’s last five starts.
I can envision this matchup turning into a pitchers’ battle, as both Hamels and Zimmermann seem like money right now. I’ll give a slight edge to the Tigers since Texas will likely come into this one fatigued, but I’m most comfortable on the under here.