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Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers - 6/26/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers
Date & Time Wednesday June 26, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Comerica Park
Detroit, MI
The Line
Detroit Tigers -105 / Texas Rangers -115
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, FS-Southwest
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The Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers meet in game two of a three game set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Wednesday.

The Texas Rangers will look to build some steam after opening the series with a 5-3 victory for their third straight win. Ronald Guzman had a home run and two RBIs while Joey Gallo and Logan Forsythe each had a double and an RBI. Nomar Mazara added an RBI of his own to finish off Texas’ scoring as a team in the win. Elvis Andrus went 2 for 5 at the plate while Jeff Mathis, Rougned Odor, Willie Calhoun and Shin-Soo Choo each had a base knock as all nine Texas batters had at least one hit in the victory. Jesse Chavez got the win to improve to 3-2 on the year after allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven over 6.1 innings of work. Mike Minor will start game two and is 7-4 with a 2.52 ERA and 103 strikeouts this season. In his career, Minor is 0-2 with a 6.63 ERA and 16 strikeouts against Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers will look to rebound after dropping the series opener on Tuesday. Ronny Rodriguez had a home run and two RBIs while JaCoby Jones and Nick Castellanos each had two hits with Jones adding a triple. Miguel Cabrera added a base hit as well to finish off the Tigers’ offense as a team in the losing effort. Jordan Zimmermann took the loss, falling to 0-5 on the season after allowing three runs on nine hits over five innings of work. Matthew Boyd will start game two and is 5-5 with a 3.61 ERA and 118 strikeouts this season. In his career, Boyd is 1-5 with a 6.54 ERA and 21 strikeouts against Texas.

Texas is 4-0 in Minor’s last 4 starts and 7-3 in their last 10 games against the AL Central while the under is 5-0 in Minor’s last 5 road starts. Detroit is 0-4 in Boyd’s last 4 starts and 13-44 in their last 57 games against the AL West while the over is 3-0-2 in Boyd’s last 5 starts against a team with a winning record. Detroit is 1-4 in Boyd’s last 5 starts against Texas.

Boyd has been a better pitcher at home, with his ERA being a full run lower at Comerica Park compared to his ERA away from home this season. However, we are getting a very good price to fade a Detroit team that has trouble finding the win column, and that doesn’t change with Boyd on the mound as the Tigers have dropped seven of his last eight starts. In those seven losses, six have seen Boyd allow three runs or more, while the other saw the Tigers lose despite Boyd tossing six shutout innings. Minor has been arguably Texas’ best (or at-worst second best) starting pitcher this season, and hasn’t allowed more than three runs inn any of his starts over the last two months. I’ll gladly take the Rangers and the low line here.

Pick:
Texas Rangers -115

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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