This game could be low scoring as Jordan Zimmermann (5-0, 0.55 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (14-13) go up against Cole Hamels (3-0, 3.30 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (15-14) in the first of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 6 and will air on FSDT and FSSW.
In his last start, Zimmermann pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out seven in a 4-1 victory over the Twins. Nick Castellanos (.383, 13 Rs, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. The Rangers were unsuccessful against the Angels 9-6 the last time Hamels pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out four and walking four. Nomar Mazara (.333, 12 Rs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
The odds are Detroit -140 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
When leading after seven innings, Texas is 7-6, while Detroit is 5-5.
The Rangers managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are heading in with a 2-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 11-2. The Rangers have a 10-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Detroit and Texas both rank in the top half of the league in runs. Detroit sits at 12th with 122 runs this season and Texas ranks 15th with 120.
Detroit and Texas both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Detroit sits at 26th with 70 this season and Texas ranks 24th with 75.
When the Tigers hit at least one home run, they are 13-6. When the Rangers hit at least one homer, they have a 10-9 record.