Detroit Tigers (15-20) at Texas Rangers (14-24)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 9, 2018, 2:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers -120 / Detroit Tigers +110 --- Over/Under: 9.5
The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers meet Wednesday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Detroit Tigers could use a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The Tigers have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Detroit Tigers have lost six of their last seven games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with 45 hits and 23 RBI while Jeimer Candelario and Leonys Martin have combined for 76 hits and 30 RBI. Francisco Liriano gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. Liriano is 5-3 with a 4.03 ERA and 57 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers also need a victory here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Rangers have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 12 straight games. The Texas Rangers have lost seven of their last 10 games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Nomar Mazara leads the Rangers with 40 hits and 24 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Gallo have combined for 67 hits and 42 RBI. Bartolo Colon gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.29 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. Colon is 9-10 with a 5.25 ERA and 143 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 6-14 in their last 20 Wednesday games, 8-21 in their last 29 road games and 6-21 in their last 27 vs. American League West. The Rangers are 3-8 in their last 11 during game 3 of a series, 8-23 in their last 31 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 Wednesday games. The Tigers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Texas and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.
Colon is back to showing signs of his age, as he's allowed 11 runs in his last 19.2 innings and has given up a combined six homers in his last two starts. Liriano has actually been pretty decent this season, allowing no more than three runs in each of his six starts and is allowing a batting average of just .187. The fact we're getting plus money with this pitching advantage, you have to like the Tigers on the road. Colon is washed up and is hit hard more times than not.