Martin Perez (1-2, 5.29 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (61-58) are in Detroit to meet Alfredo Simon (10-7, 4.84 ERA) and the Tigers (58-61) in a game that could be high scoring. This is the first of a four-game series at Comerica Park. The game gets underway at 7:08 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 20 and will air on FSDT and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Simon pitched 5.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out two and walking four in a 5-1 loss to the Astros. Miguel Cabrera (.354, 49 Rs, 16 HRs, 58 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs and one RBI. The Rangers were unsuccessful to the Rays 5-3 the last time Perez pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking one. Mitch Moreland (.294, 41 Rs, 18 HRs, 64 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Rangers, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
Detroit is a small -113 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. When playing as the favorite, the Tigers have a 32-26 record and overall money line at -476. The Tigers lead the AL in hits with 9.4 per game.
Across the field, the Rangers have a record of 49-46 when they are the underdog and are +1,922 overall with the money line. The Rangers rank fourth in the AL in scoring, averaging 4.5 runs per game. Texas is one of the top hitting teams in the AL with an average of 8.8 hits per contest.
This game will feature Perez (LHP) on the mound against the Tigers, who have a 15-13 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Simon will take the mound against the Rangers, who have a 40-36 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tex, O/U - Over
Detroit recorded at least two errors for the 10th time this season.
The Tigers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rangers who are coming in with a 24-13 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 7-44. The Rangers have a 12-45 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 11th in home runs, Detroit has hit 122 this season. Texas ranks 10th with 126 home runs.
Detroit ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.41 per game this season. Texas ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.76.
Ranking ninth, Texas is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.734). Detroit ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .765.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 32-45. When the Tigers allow one or more homers, they have a 29-48 record.