Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers
|Date & Time||Saturday August 3, 2019, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
Globe Life Park
Texas Rangers -115 / Detroit Tigers +105 O/U: 10.5
The Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers will match up on the MLB diamond to continue their series Saturday.
In the Friday opener of this set, Texas peppered in five runs during the first seven innings and held on for a 5-4 victory.
For the Saturday game, the Tigers will send out Matthew Boyd for the start. Across his 132.1 innings and 6-8 mark this year, Boyd has a 3.94 ERA with 178 Ks and 29 BBs.
The Tigers put up nine hits in the Friday loss, and scored three runs in the last two innings. Niko Goodrum finished with three hits, an RBI and a run there.
Over on the Rangers’ side, they’re going with Adrian Sampson on Saturday. Over 108.1 innings and a 6-8 record so far, Sampson has a 5.32 ERA with 86 Ks and 24 BBs.
Texas posted 12 hits in the victory Friday. Five Rangers hitters logged two hits apiece, and Hunter Pence put up a homer and two RBI.
The Tigers are 12-40 in their last 52 in game two of a series and 9-24 in Boyd’s last 33 road starts. Detroit is 2-12 in Boyd’s last 14 starts and 0-4 in his last four versus the AL West.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 0-5 in their last five Saturday games and 0-4 in Sampson’s last four starts. Texas is 1-5 in Sampson’s last six starts on grass and the under is 4-1 in his last five Saturday starts.
After a pretty ugly run in late June and July, Boyd is sitting on consecutive quality starts. In those, he gave up just three earned on eight hits in 12.1 innings—still didn’t get a win, though.
As for Sampson, he’s coughed up 16 earned over his last 12.2 innings and I can’t trust him for much of anything right now. I have to go Tigers as the lesser of two evils here.