Cole Hamels (11-8, 3.56 ERA) is on the hill for the Texas Rangers (84-72) as they square off against Daniel Norris (2-2, 3.88 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (73-83) in the second of a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Tigers won the last game 7-4 and Detroit leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 29 and can be seen on FSDT and FSSW.
Hamels pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs (one unearned), striking out two and walking three in an 8-1 win over the Athletics. Mitch Moreland (.281, 51 Rs, 23 HRs, 84 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Norris went 5.0 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out four in a 2-1 defeat to the White Sox in his last outing. Yoenis Cespedes (.293, 100 Rs, 35 HRs, 105 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
This one isn't expected to be close when Texas, a big -208 favorite, takes on Detroit. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently eight runs. The Rangers have recorded an overall money line of +2,944 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 25-16. The Rangers have no trouble scoring as they rank fourth in the AL in offense with 4.6 runs per game. The Rangers are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with an impressive 8.8 per game. Texas is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.1 per game.
As for their opponent, Detroit is coming in with an overall money line of -869 and a disappointing record of 35-53 as the underdog. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is third in the AL. The Tigers capitalize on their at-bats at a high percentage, leading the league with a .271 team batting average.
The Rangers lead the season series, 3-2. The Rangers have a 31-29 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Norris takes the mound. Hamels (LHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 20-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tex, O/U - Over
Texas has won 49% (34-36) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Detroit has won 49% (36-38) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Tigers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rangers who are heading in with a 36-20 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 61-20. The Rangers have a 63-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th in runs, Detroit has earned 671 this season. Texas ranks fourth with 713 runs.
Ranking 18th, Detroit is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 440 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 478.
The Rangers are 62-30 when they hit at least one home run. The Tigers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 53-35 record.