Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers - 8/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (61-58) at Detroit Tigers (58-61)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
C Lewis (13-5) (4.49) vs. J Verlander (1-5) (4.11)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -120 / Texas Rangers +110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, FS-Southwest
The Texas Rangers take the field at Comerica Park against the Detroit Tigers in Friday action.
The Texas Rangers are hoping to keep their postseason drive on track with a solid series in Detroit. The Rangers had won six of seven before a 4-0 defeat at Detroit in the series opener Thursday. Starter Martin Perez fell to 1-3 with three runs scored on six hits and a trio of bases on balls over five innings. The bats were held to just a double off the bat of Rougned Odor and a pair of free passes. The Rangers are slated to send Colby Lewis to the bump to oppose the Tigers for the first time in 2015. Lewis comes off of a 12-4 rout of Tampa Bay with a lone run allowed on five hits in six frames.
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The Detroit Tigers are not looking like playoff material this season but they have been playing well as of late. The Tigers have now won four of five following Thursday’s victory. Starter Alfredo Simon tossed the best game of his career with a complete game one hitter that upped his record to 11-7. The offense did not waste the effort with a seven hit, five walk attack that saw Nick Castellanos drive in a pair of runs while Miguel Cabrera drove in a run and scored. Veteran Justin Verlander looks to continue his latest surge when he faces the Rangers for the second time this year. Verlander has been outstanding the past two times out with no earned runs allowed on seven hits in 13 innings.
The over is 6-2 in the Rangers last 8 road games while Texas are 9-4 in their last 13 games as an underdog and are 9-4 in their last 13 Friday games. The over is 12-4-1 in Detroit’s last 17 games as a favorite and is 6-2-1 in their last 9 Friday games while going 18-7-1 in their last 26 home games. Verlander isn’t the same guy who won the Cy Young but he has been throwing like it lately although it won’t last forever…