Texas Rangers (39-51) at Detroit Tigers (40-51)
|Date & Time||Sunday July 8, 2018, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Tigers -115 / Texas Rangers +105 --- Over/Under: 9
The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers meet Sunday in MLB action at Comerica Park.
The Texas Rangers could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Rangers have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Texas Rangers have lost 10 of their last 15 games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 97 hits and 42 RBI while Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar have combined for 162 hits and 101 RBI. Austin Bibens-Dirkx gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 4.40 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. This will be Bibens-Dirkx’s second career game against the Tigers.
The Detroit Tigers look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Tigers have scored 15 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The Detroit Tigers have won four of their last six games when scoring at least three runs. Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with 107 hits and 55 RBI while Jose Iglesias and Leonys Martin have combined for 154 hits and 61 RBI. Michael Fulmer gets the ball, and he is 3-7 with a 4.22 ERA and 85 strikeouts this season. Fulmer is 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 16-35 in their last 51 Sunday games, 2-12 in their last 14 during game 4 of a series and 2-5 in Bibens-Dirkxs last 7 starts. The Tigers are 6-14 in their last 20 Sunday games, 5-17 in their last 22 during game 4 of a series and 6-18 in Fulmers last 24 starts. The Rangers are 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Detroit, 7-2 in the last 9 meetings and the over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.
When I find two teams that can't string together wins and two pitchers who can't keep runs off the board, I look at the over right away. Bot hthe Rangers and Tigers have been awful for much of the season, and both of these pitchers have ERAs over four. Bibens-Dirkx has allowed 16 runs in 28.2 innings and has an allowed batting average of .292, while Fulmer has allowed three or more runs in seven of his last 10 starts and has given up double-digit fly balls in each of his last four starts. Give me the over.