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Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers - 7/5/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (38-49) at Detroit Tigers (38-50)
Date & Time Thursday July 5, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Detroit Tigers -105 / Texas Rangers -105 --- Over/Under: 10
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, FS-Southwest
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MLB | Texas Rangers (38-49) at Detroit Tigers (38-50)
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The Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers square off in game one of a four game set from Comerica Park in MLB action on Thursday.

The Texas Rangers will be looking to bounce back and snap a three game losing streak after being swept by Houston in a two game series, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the finale on Wednesday. Shin-Soo Choo went 2 for 4 with a solo home run while Rougned Odor and Robinson Chirinos each had a double and an RBI. Jurickson Profar went 2 for 4 with an RBI to round out Texas’ scoring in the loss, while Ronald Guzman and Elvis Andrus each had two hits. Delino DeShields added a base knock as well to cap off the Rangers offense in the losing effort. Mike Minor gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking three and striking out four, not factoring in the decision after six innings of work. Chris Martin ended up with the loss to fall to 1-2 this season. Yovani Gallardo will start game one and is 2-0 with a 9.00 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gallardo is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 17 strikeouts against Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers will be out to rebound as well after being swept in a two game interleague set with the Cubs, dropping the finale on Wednesday by a final score of 5-2. Nick Castellanos and John Hicks each had a solo home run to make up Detroit’s scoring in the loss, while Jose Iglesias went 3 for 4 and Niko Goodrum went 2 for 4 with each adding a double. JaCoby Jones added a two-bagger of his own while Victory Martinez added a pinch hit to round out the Tigers’ offense in the defeat. Francisco Liriano took the loss, falling to 3-5 this season after giving up three runs on five hits while walking and whiffing five apiece over six innings of work. Matt Boyd will start the opener and is 4-6 with a 4.18 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season. In his career, Boyd is 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA and 18 strikeouts against Texas.

Texas is 6-0 in Gallardo’s last 6 road starts and 11-4 in their last 15 games overall while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 road games. Detroit is 6-0 in Boyd’s last 6 home starts and 3-13 in their last 16 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. Texas is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams and 8-1 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.

Both teams have had success with their respective starters in the current situation, with Gallardo on the road and Boyd at home. And both have allowed double digit runs in their last three starts. The difference? Texas has won all three of Gallardo’s starts this year, while Detroit have dropped each of Boyd’s last three. Gallardo has had success against Detroit in his career, while we can’t necessarily say the same about Boyd against Texas. All in all, we are still getting a low line with the team in much better form so I’ll lay the juice on the road with Texas here.

Texas -105

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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