Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 25, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Detroit Tigers +120 / Texas Rangers -130
The Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers meet in the opener of a three game set in MLB action from Globe Life Park on Tuesday.
The Texas Rangers will look to keep their momentum going after winning the rubber match of their series with the Chicago White Sox by a final score of 7-4 on Sunday. Danny Santana and Delino DeShields each had two RBIs with Santana belting a homer while DeShields went 3 for 3 at the dish. Tim Fedorowicz had a solo home run while Nomar Mazara had a pair of doubles and an RBI and Ronald Guzman added an RBI as well to cap off Texas’ scoring as a team in the win. Rougned Odor had a double and Elvis Andrus had a pair of hits while Shin-Soo Choo added a base hit as well in the victory. Adrian Sampson got the win to improve to 6-4 on the year after allowing one run on seven hits while striking out four over seven innings of work. Shawn Kelley closed out the 9th for his 10th save of the year. Jesse Chavez will start game one and is 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. In his career, Chavez is 1-4 with a 5.77 ERA and 25 strikeouts against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will look to snap a four game losing streak after being swept by Cleveland, taking an 8-3 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Niko Goodrum went 2 for 4 with two RBIs while JaCoby Jones went 2 for 4 with a solo home run to finish off Detroit’s scoring in the loss. Nick Castellanos had a double while Miguel Cabrera, Harold Castro and Bobby Wilson each had base hits as well in the defeat. Daniel Norris took the loss, falling to 2-6 on the year after allowing six runs on eight hits while striking out eight over seven innings of work. Jordan Zimmermann will start the opener and is 0-4 with a 6.03 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. In his career, Zimmermann is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 13 strikeouts against Texas.
Texas is 7-3 in their last 10 games against the AL Central and 6-13 in their last 19 series opening matchups while the under is 14-6 in their last 20 games following a win. Detroit is 0-5 in Zimmermann’s last 5 starts and 13-44 in their last 57 games against the AL West while the over is 3-1-2 in their last 6 games overall. Texas is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 10-3 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.
Chavez has had his issues in his career against Detroit, and Zimmermann is still getting his feet wet after coming off of the IL, but still hasn’t been that great this season, so this could be a spot where the over hits. However, Texas has easily been playing the better baseball of the two sides as of late, and Zimmermann can pitch well but it won’t matter if the Tigers continue to struggle putting runs on the board for support. I just don’t have much faith in the Tigers period, so it’s either Texas or no play for me in this one.