A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.32 ERA) takes the mound for the Texas Rangers (16-14) as they meet Mike Pelfrey (0-4, 5.68 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (14-14) in the second of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The Rangers won the last game 5-1, and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 7 and will air on FS1.
In his most recent outing, Pelfrey pitched 4.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out three and walking three in a 6-5 victory over the Twins. The Rangers were victorious over the Blue Jays 2-1 the last time Griffin pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out nine and walking two. Rougned Odor (.287, 19 Rs, 5 HRs, 19 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rangers, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds are Rangers -125 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 9 at the moment.
The only other game between the two teams went Texas's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
Detroit has won 50% (5-5) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 54% (7-6) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Tigers have a 6-11 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 11-2. The Rangers have an 11-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top half of the league based on total runs this season, Detroit ranks 14th with 123 runs and Texas is 11th with 125.
Detroit and Texas both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Detroit sits at 26th with 72 this season and Texas ranks 24th with 76.
When the Tigers hit at least one home run, they are 13-6. When the Rangers hit at least one homer, they have an 11-9 record.