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Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers - 8/15/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Tigers (53-65) at Texas Rangers (57-60)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

J Verlander (8-7) (3.97) vs. A Griffin (5-3) (5.40)

The Line: Texas Rangers +103 / Detroit Tigers -113 --- Over/Under: 10.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers meet Tuesday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Detroit Tigers could use a win here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Tigers have allowed 23 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in five straight games. The Detroit Tigers have lost eight of their last nine games when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Justin Upton leads the Tigers with 114 hits and 85 RBI while Nicholas Castellanos and Ian Kinsler have combined for 207 hits and 101 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA and 142 strikeouts this season. Verlander is 10-5 with a 2.78 ERA and 108 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers. 

Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers - 8/15/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Rangers look for another victory after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Rangers have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 11 games. The Texas Rangers have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring more than one run. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 137 hits and 60 RBI while Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara have combined for 200 hits and 126 RBI. A.J. Griffin gets the ball, and he is 5-3 with a 5.40 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. Griffin is 1-3 with a 10.88 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.

The Tigers are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 1-7 in Verlanders last 8 road starts and 5-1 in Verlanders last 6 Tuesday starts. The Rangers are 13-5 in their last 18 during game 2 of a series, 6-0 in Griffins last 6 home starts and 10-3 in Griffins last 13 starts. The Tigers are 4-11 in the last 15 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Griffin has allowed four or more earned runs in four of his last five starts, has an ERA over eight at home and is allowing a .306 batting average at home. Verlander has given up a combined two earned runs in his last 21 innings and has produced three straight victories. While the Rangers have something to play for and are the hotter team overall, hard to bet against Verlander when he's back to being Verlander. 

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