Yu Darvish (2-3, 2.78 ERA) is on the hill for the Texas Rangers (68-48) as they square off against Anibal Sanchez (6-11, 5.88 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (61-53) in the first of a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 12 and can be seen on FSDT and FSSW.
Darvish pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs and striking out eight in a 5-3 win over the Astros. Rougned Odor (.281, 70 Rs, 22 HRs, 60 RBIs, 11 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. Sanchez went 8.0 innings, surrendering one run and striking out 10 in a 3-1 defeat to the Mets in his most recent start. J.D. Martinez (.297, 41 Rs, 14 HRs, 42 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one RBI.
Texas is a -177 favorite against Detroit and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Rangers have recorded an overall money line of +2,528 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 29-17. The Rangers have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the AL in home offense with 5.2 runs per game. The Rangers are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits at home with a phenomenal 9.3 per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Detroit has a 30-40 record and an overall money line of +1,289. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-3 record and a 5-5 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.7 runs per game, which is good for fourth in the AL. The Tigers are tough outs for opponents, ranking fifth in the AL with 9.1 hits per road game. When it comes to issuing walks, the Tigers have the fifth-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.9 walks allowed per game.
The Rangers have the edge in the season series, 3-0. The Rangers have a 51-33 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Sanchez takes the mound. Darvish (RHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 45-36 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
Detroit has won 58% (30-22) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 58% (31-22) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Tigers are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Rangers have a 16-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 46-11. The Rangers have a 44-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total runs this season, Texas ranks seventh with 546 runs and Detroit is eighth with 536.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 302 this season. Detroit ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 338.
The Rangers are 56-33 when they hit at least one home run. The Tigers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 50-29 record.