Cole Hamels (12-3, 2.89 ERA) and Matt Boyd (3-2, 4.69 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (69-48) and the Detroit Tigers (61-54) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Tigers lost the last game 8-5, continuing a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 13 and can be seen on FSDT and FSSW.
Hamels pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 4-3 win over the Rockies. Carlos Beltran (.306, 54 Rs, 24 HRs, 69 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with three runs, one home run, and one RBI. Boyd went 1.0 inning, surrendering zero runs, striking out one and walking one in a 6-5 defeat to the Mariners in his most recent start. Miguel Cabrera (.310, 65 Rs, 26 HRs, 76 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Tigers, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
This one isn't expected to be close when Texas, a substantial -180 favorite, takes on Detroit. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 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 5.3 runs per game. The Rangers are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with an impressive 9.1 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 fifth in the AL.
The Rangers have the edge in the season series, 4-0. The Rangers have a 17-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Boyd takes the mound. Hamels (LHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 16-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
Detroit is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Detroit's last 15 games on the road.
Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing Texas.
Detroit is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Texas.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 8 games when playing on the road against Texas.
Detroit is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games when playing on the road against Texas.
For the 15th time this season, the Rangers registered at least two errors in a game.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Tigers have a 21-32 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 10-38. The Rangers have an 18-35 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking sixth in home runs, Detroit has hit 150 this season. Texas ranks fifth with 152 home runs.
Texas and Detroit both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Texas sits at fourth with 9.05 hits per game and Detroit ranks second with 9.20.
Texas and Detroit both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Texas sits at eighth with an OPS of .760, and Detroit ranks seventh with an OPS of .764.
When the Tigers allow at least one home run, they are 32-38. When the Rangers allow one or more homers, they have a 43-41 record.