Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers - 8/16/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (53-65) at Texas Rangers (57-60)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
A Sanchez (3-3) (7.17) vs. C Hamels (7-1) (3.31)
The Line: Texas Rangers -181 / Detroit Tigers +171 --- Over/Under: 10.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, FSSW
Down in Arlington at Globe Life Park on Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers will be finishing up their MLB series.
On Monday, the Rangers managed a 6-2 victory. In the Tuesday game, the Rangers scored four in the fourth and four in the eighth en route to a 10-4 win.
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For Wednesday, the Tigers will be going with RHP Anibal Sanchez. In his 75.1 innings and 3-3 record this year, Sanchez has a 7.17 ERA with 67 Ks and 20 BBs.
The Tigers have a few noteworthy bats this year. Justin Upton came into Tuesday with 114 hits, 72 runs, 23 homers and 85 RBI while Nick Castellanos had 111 hits, 57 runs, 16 homers and 67 RBI. Upton had one hit on Tuesday; Castellanos came up empty.
Over on the Rangers’ side, they’re going with LHP Cole Hamels on Wednesday. In his 92.1 innings and 7-1 record this year, Hamels has a 3.31 ERA with 58 Ks and 26 BBs.
Texas has a few notable bats as well. Elvis Andrus came into Tuesday with 137 hits, 71 runs, 15 homers and 60 RBI while Nomar Mazara had 100 hits, 48 runs, 14 homers and 73 RBI. Andrus put up two runs and a hit on Tuesday; Mazara had a hit, a run and an RBI.
The Tigers are 2-6 in their last eight Wednesday games, and 10-21 in Sanchez’s last 31 starts. Detroit is also 5-13 in Sanchez’s last 18 road starts and 1-5 in Sanchez’s last six Wednesday starts.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 5-11 in their last 16 during game three of a series and 3-8 in their last 11 Wednesday games. Texas is also 23-6 in Hamels’ last 29 home starts and 43-16 in Hamels’ last 59 starts.
Sanchez had a bad outing in Baltimore, giving up eight earned in 3.0 innings, then proceeded to cough up five earned in 6.0 innings against the Twins. As for Hamels, he’s given up zero earned over his last two starts, a span of 16.0 innings. I think the Rangers hold all the cards here, and behind Hamels Texas has a good shot at bagging a win.