Justin Verlander (1-5, 4.11 ERA) and Colby Lewis (13-5, 4.49 ERA) take the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Detroit Tigers (59-61) and the Texas Rangers (61-59) at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 4-0 and Detroit leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:08 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 21 and can be seen on FSDT and FSSW.
Verlander pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 4-2 defeat to the Astros. Miguel Cabrera (.358, 51 Rs, 16 HRs, 59 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 2 with two runs and one RBI. Lewis went 6.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking two in a 12-4 win over the Rays in his last outing.
Detroit is a -125 favorite against Texas and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers have an overall money line of -308 and a record as the favorite of 32-26. The Tigers have no trouble scoring as they rank fifth in the AL in offense with 4.5 runs per game. The Tigers lead the AL in hits with an impressive 9.6 per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Texas has a 49-46 record and an overall money line of +1,922. Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is good for fourth in the AL. The Rangers are tough outs for opponents, ranking fifth in the AL with 8.8 hits per game.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Tigers have a 42-48 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Lewis takes the mound. Verlander (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 40-36 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Det, O/U - Over
Detroit earned its ninth shutout of the season in its last game. Texas has been shut out seven times this season.
Texas has won 43% (23-30) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Detroit has won 51% (28-27) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Rangers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 49-13. The Rangers have a 47-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth in runs, Texas has earned 537 this season. Detroit ranks fifth with 539 runs.
Detroit and Texas both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Detroit sits at 15th with 341 this season and Texas ranks 13th with 347.
When the Tigers hit at least one home run, they are 43-29. When the Rangers hit at least one homer, they have a 47-24 record.