Matt Boyd (1-3, 7.66 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (59-62) meet Cole Hamels (6-8, 3.86 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (62-59) in the last of a four-game series at Comerica Park. The Rangers won the last game 5-3 and Texas leads the series 2-1. The game gets underway at 1:08 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 23 and will air on FSDT and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Boyd pitched 0.2 inning, giving up one run in a 15-8 loss to the Cubs. Miguel Cabrera (.363, 51 Rs, 16 HRs, 59 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4. The Rangers were unsuccessful the last time Hamels pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out eight and walking four in a 4-3 loss to the Mariners. Prince Fielder (.321, 57 Rs, 17 HRs, 70 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
Detroit, a +113 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Texas. The matchup currently has an eight-run Over/Under (O/U). When playing as the underdog, the Tigers have a 26-35 record and overall money line at -334. The Tigers have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. The Tigers are a superb hitting team with an AL-best 9.6 hits per game.
On the other side, the Rangers have a record of 12-12 when they are favored and are +1,936 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 7-3 SU and have an unblemished 4-0 record when they were the favorite. They sport the fourth-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 4.5 runs per game.
This game will feature Hamels (LHP) on the mound against the Tigers, who have a 17-13 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The left-handed Boyd will take the mound against the Rangers, who have a 21-22 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tex, O/U - Over
Detroit won its last game in a shutout, its ninth of the season. Texas has been shut out seven times this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Tigers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rangers have a 6-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 7-44. The Rangers have a 13-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 13th in home runs, Detroit has hit 122 this season. Texas ranks 10th with 126 home runs.
Ranking first in hits, Detroit has earned 9.55 per game this season. Texas ranks sixth with 8.69 hits.
Ranking 10th, Texas is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.728). Detroit ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .764.
The Rangers are 32-45 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Tigers are 29-48 when they allow at least one homer.