Date/Time: May 16th, 8:05 PM ET
Television: MLB Network
MLB Betting Odds from BetDSI Sportsbook
Probable Starters: Verlander (Detroit) vs. Darvish (Texas)
Moneyline: Rangers -115
You're not going to find a better pitching matchup than this one on Thursday night in MLB betting action. The Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers are set to go to war with one another, and both teams are going to be throwing their aces on Thursday night.
Detroit has had problems here in Arlington in the past, but it is going to try its best to get over the hump and get at least two of the four games in this one over the course of this weekend. The team is coming off of the biggest upset loss of the season, as the Houston Astros just beat the Tigers as +320 underdogs at Comerica Park, more than erasing the profits from the first two games of that series. On Thursday, it will be RHP Justin Verlander on the mound, and typically, that means lots and lots of wins for the Tigers. Verlander hasn't been remarkable this year, leading his team to just a 4-4 record in eight games, but his splits still suggest that he could be in the Cy Young discussion this year. The righty has a 1.93 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP, and both of those numbers are clearly going to be on the way down as the season goes on.
The Rangers are running away from the rest of the AL West, and we're wondering if this is even remotely going to be a race through the summer. Texas opened up more of a cushion to its lead this week when it took two out of three from the Oakland A's to end a nine-game road trip, and the squad won six of its last seven games on the trip. Verlander is great, but the man that is going to be hurling for Texas might be even better. RHP Yu Darvish is 6-1, and he has led his team to a 7-1 record in his eight games this season. Yes, Darvish has gotten a heck of a lot of help from his teammates, who are giving him an average of 6.9 runs per game this year, but he is doing the job himself as well. Darvish has a whopping 80 strikeouts to his credit this year, and he has gone six straight starts of striking out at least eight men. He fanned 14 in his last start at home against the Boston Red Sox.
It's more or less the square thing to do, but we're going to go with the 'under' on Thursday night. These two offenses are both great, but these starting pitchers are even better. Don't be shocked if this turns out to be one of these duels for the ages when both men on the bump are dealing and mowing through batters left and right. Getting to eight runs seems like far too lofty of a goal.
Detroit Tigers @ Texas Rangers Pick: Under 7.5