Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/24/14
Detroit Tigers (40-32) at Texas Rangers (35-40)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Drew Smyly (L) (2-6) (3.879) vs. Colby Lewis (R) (5-4) (5.968)
The Line: Texas Rangers -103 / Detroit Tigers -107 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-DET, FSN-SW, MLB Net
The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers will begin a three-game series on Tuesday night.
The Tigers have won four straight games and trying and put an end to a horrible start to June, and are eight games above a .500 record. The Tigers are back to scoring runs in truckloads, scoring four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Tigers are 34-8 when scoring more than three runs this season. Miguel Cabrera has scored five runs in his last three games and Ian Kinsler has 15 hits in his last nine games. The Tigers have an ERA of 4.12. Drew Smyly gets the nod, and he’s 3-6 with a 3.48 ERA and has 57 strikeouts in 67.1 innings. Smyly is 0-1 with a 3.93 ERA in seven career games against the Rangers.
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The Rangers lost six of their last seven games and are five games below a .500 record. As usual, the Rangers pitching has been horrible by allowing four or more runs in 10 of their last 15 games. Overall, the Rangers have the 29th worst ERA at 4.51. Offensively, Alex Rios has hit safely in seven of his last nine games and Michael Choice has three homers in his last nine games. Colby Lewis takes the hill, and he’s 5-4 with a 5.97 ERA and has 51 strikeouts in 63.1 innings. Lewis is 3-2 with a 6.02 ERA in eight career games against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 1-5 in Smyly's last 6 starts and 2-5 in Smyly's last 7 starts following a team loss in their previous game. The Rangers are 2-5 in Lewis' last 7 home starts and 19-7 in Lewis' last 26 starts after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game. The Tigers are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Texas.
Neither pitcher has been great this season and both offenses are capable of putting runs on the board in a hurry. If forced to pick this matchup, I'm going with the over.