Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers
|Date & Time||Thursday June 27, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
Detroit Tigers -105 / Texas Rangers -115
The Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers meet in the finale of their three game set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Thursday.
The Texas Rangers will look to complete the sweep after taking the first two games of the series, following a 4-1 win in game two on Wednesday. Danny Santana, Willie Calhoun and Jeff Mathis each had a solo home run with Calhoun going 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles as well. Ronald Guzman added an RBI of his own to finish off Texas’ scoring as a team in the win, while Elvis Andrus went 2 for 4 at the dish and Delino DeShields added a base knock of his own to finish off Texas’ offense as a team in the victory. Mike Minor got the win to improve to 8-4 on the year after tossing a complete game, giving up just one run on five hits while striking out seven. Ariel Jurado will start game three and is 4-3 with a 4.44 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. This will be Jurado’s first career start against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Wednesday, adding to their losing streak which currently sits at six games. Brandon Dixon’s solo home run was all the scoring that Detroit would do in the loss, while Jeimer Candelario went 2 for 3 with a double. Ronny Rodriguez and Nick Castellanos each had a base hit as well to finish off Detroit’s scoring as a team in the losing effort. Matt Boyd took the loss, falling to 5-6 on the year after allowing four runs on five hits while striking out 11 over seven innings of work. Spencer Turnbull will start game three and is 3-7 with a 3.29 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. This will be Turnbull’s first career start against Texas.
Texas is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 road games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against the AL Central. Detroit is 0-4 in Turnbull’s last 4 starts and 11-41 in their last 52 games against the AL West while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 home games. Texas is 21-7 in the 28 meetings between these two teams and 13-3 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.
Turnbull has been one of Detroit’s better starters despite his record, but the issue is that Turnbull simply can’t catch a break as the Tigers have lost seven of his last eight starts. In his last three losses, Turnbull has literally had zero runs of support. Jurado has been roughed up for 11 runs in nine innings of work in his last two starts, but the Rangers are simply playing the much better baseball of the two right now and once again, getting a cheap price to fade a Tigers team that simply can’t win games is too good to pass up, so I’ll take Texas here.