Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers - 5/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (17-14) at Detroit Tigers (14-15)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Comerica Park)
M Perez (1-2) (3.60) vs. J Verlander (2-3) (6.49)
The Line: Detroit Tigers +120 / Texas Rangers -141 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, FSDT
Coming up on Sunday in MLB action from Comerica Park, we’ve got the finale of a weekend series between the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers.
This will be the third game of the weekend matchup. The Rangers struck first on Friday, pulling out a 5-1 victory. On Saturday, Texas scored five runs in the sixth inning on the way to a 10-5 win and a 2-0 lead in the series. Detroit had the bases loaded in the ninth, but couldn’t overcome the deficit.
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We’ll be seeing lefty Martin Perez make the start for the Rangers on Sunday. Perez carries just a 1-2 record over six starts this year, but has been pretty solid statistically on his 3.60 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 35 innings. Perez went five scoreless innings in his last appearance Tuesday against the Blue Jays, but had to settle for a no-decision.
Overall, the Texas batting order is pretty darn solid. Rougned Odor has been quite the revelation this year with 35 hits, 20 RBI, six homers and 21 runs. Adrian Beltre is also hitting well on 34 hits and 14 runs. Beltre bagged a pair of home runs and four RBI on Saturday. Prince Fielder has had some major BA problems thus far (.198) but has still tallied 18 RBI. Fielder came up empty 0-for-4 on Saturday.
The Tigers will be giving right-hander Justin Verlander a go in Sunday’s game. Verlander’s enviable personal life aside, he’s had a rough time on the mound this year with a 6.49 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP and a 2-3 record over six starts and 34.2 innings. On Tuesday in his last outing, Verlander was beat up for seven runs in five innings against the Indians in a loss.
The Detroit hitters are pretty well-rounded group with plenty of power capabilities. Nick Castellanos heads the pack on 38 hits, five homers and 24 RBI. Ian Kinsler is also doing well with 24 runs, 37 hits and six homers. Veteran Miguel Cabrera has had a few rough patches, but overall has been decent on 32 hits, four homers and 12 RBI. Cabrera slapped an awesome 4-for-5 line with a run on Saturday.
The Rangers are 0-4 in their last four Sunday games, and 1-8 in Perez’s last nine starts.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 0-5 in Verlander’s last five Sunday starts, and 4-14 in their last 18 Sunday games.
I like Perez in the pitching matchup here, and I feel like the Texas hitters can take care of Verlander. Looks to me like another Rangers victory.