In the last of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (14-15) and the Texas Rangers (17-14) at Comerica Park, Justin Verlander (2-3, 6.49 ERA) and Martin Perez (1-2, 3.60 ERA) get the ball. The Tigers lost the last game 10-5, extending a five-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 8 and will air on FSDT and FSSW.
In his last start, Verlander pitched 5.0 innings, allowing seven runs, striking out two and walking three in a 7-3 loss to the Indians. Nick Castellanos (.376, 13 Rs, 5 HRs, 24 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two RBIs. The Rangers were also unsuccessful the last time Perez pitched. He pitched well, going 5.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out four and walking three in a 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays. Rougned Odor (.292, 21 Rs, 6 HRs, 20 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Rangers, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are Tigers -140 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 9.
So far this season, the Rangers are 2-0 against the Tigers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
Detroit has won 45% (5-6) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 57% (8-6) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rangers are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 10 runs. The Tigers have a 0-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 3-10. The Rangers have a 5-11 record when opponents outhit them.
Texas ranks in the bottom half of the league at 18th when it comes to home runs, hitting 29 this season. Detroit ranks in the top half with 33.
Ranking 11th, Texas is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.52 per game. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.97.
Ranking 19th, Texas is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.715). Detroit ranks in the top half with an OPS of .731.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 11-12. When the Tigers allow one or more homers, they have a 7-11 record.