Michael Fulmer (9-3, 2.43 ERA) gets the ball for the Detroit Tigers (62-54) as they go up against A.J. Griffin (5-1, 4.38 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (69-49) in the last of a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Tigers won the last game 2-0, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 14 and will air on FSDT and FSSW.
In his last start, Griffin pitched 4.2 innings, allowing five runs, striking out five and walking three in a 7-5 victory over the Rockies. The Tigers were unsuccessful against the Mariners 3-0 the last time Fulmer pitched. He went 7.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking one. Miguel Cabrera (.312, 65 Rs, 26 HRs, 76 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Tigers, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Texas is a slight underdog (+103) and the Over/Under (O/U) is 10 runs. When playing as the underdog, the Rangers have a 39-31 record and overall money line at +2,455. They are 3-1 as the underdog over their last 10 games. The Rangers come into the game with the AL's third-ranked home scoring offense, averaging 5.3 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Rangers are an exceptional hitting team with 9.1 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the AL.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Tigers come into this game with a solid win percentage of .705 when playing as the favorite (31-13) and an overall money line of +1,352. The Tigers rank fifth in the AL in scoring, averaging 4.7 runs per game.
In their previous five games this season, the Rangers have a 4-1 record. The Rangers will take on a right-hander (Fulmer) in this game and have a 52-33 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Griffin will take the mound against the Tigers, who have a 45-37 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
Detroit won its last game in a shutout, its sixth of the season. Texas has been shut out six times this season.
The Rangers didn't score any runs in their last game. The Tigers have a 6-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 10-38. The Rangers have an 18-36 record when opponents outhit them.
Detroit ranks in the top 10 of the league at seventh when it comes to home runs, hitting 150 this season. Texas ranks in the top five with 152.
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.
Ranking 11th, Texas is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.757). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .766.
The Tigers are 32-38 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rangers are 43-41 when they allow at least one homer.