Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/24/14
Texas Rangers (23-24) at Detroit Tigers (27-16)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 4:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Nick Martinez (R) (0-0) (3.375) vs. Rick Porcello (R) (7-1) (2.905)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -169 / Texas Rangers +159 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers play game three of four when they meet Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.
The Rangers lost Friday, 7-2, and have now lost eight of their last 12 games overall. The Rangers simply aren’t living up to expectations, as their pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in five of their last nine games. Of course, without Prince Fielder, the Rangers batting lineup isn’t do any better, scoring three or less runs in seven of their last 12 games. Alex Rios has two hits in each of his last three games. Getting the nod Saturday is Nick Martinez, who is 0-1 with a 2.28 ERA and has 16 strikeouts in 27.2 innings. This will be Martinez’s first career game against the Tigers.
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The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak with a win on Friday and are now 23-4 when scoring more than three runs. The Tigers pitching rotation has also been shaky during this stretch, but they did strike the Rangers out eight times and held them to seven hits in yesterday’s win. Miguel Cabrera has an RBI in three straight games and Victor Martinez has gotten on base at least once in 13 straight games. Getting the nod Saturday is Rick Porcello, who is 7-1 with a 2.91 ERA and has 33 strikeouts in 52.2 innings. Porcello is 3-3 with a 6.59 ERA in six career starts against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 1-5 in their last 6 road games vs. a right-handed starter and 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series. The Tigers are 6-0 in Porcello's last 6 home starts and 20-7 in Porcello's last 27 starts overall. The Rangers are 10-22 in the last 32 meetings in Detroit.
The chalk in this game is insane, which is why I'm siding with the under in this matchup. The total is just too high for two pitchers who have done a solid job this season.