The Detroit Tigers (61-52) and Texas Rangers (65-46) will continue an important three-game American League series on Saturday night at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 ET
Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers
Detroit is certainly playing its best baseball of the 2012 campaign and offseason acquisition Prince Fielder is starting to pay major dividends, hitting his 20th home run of the year in a 6-2 series-opening victory over Texas on Friday night. “We just played good baseball,” commented Fielder after the game. He is batting .455 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in the month of August, which has provided plenty of protection in the lineup for third baseman Miguel Cabrera. Detroit is 5-11 as a road favorite of -125 to -150 this season, with the “under” going 10-6 in those contests.
Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (12-7, 2.51 ERA) snapped a personal two-game losing streak in picking up a 7-2 home victory over the New York Yankees, allowing two runs (zero earned) and nine hits over eight innings. The right-hander is 6-5 with a 3.36 ERA in 13 road outings, surrendering 10 home runs in 91 frames. In 10 career starts versus the Rangers, Verlander has compiled a 7-2 record and 2.10 ERA, including a perfect 3-0 mark and 1.29 ERA in three efforts at this venue.
Texas took an early two-run lead in last night’s contest, but was unable to plate a run in the final six innings. The Rangers out-hit the Tigers by a 10-9 margin, but were unable to breakthrough with runners in scoring position. “All we had to do was put the ball in play, we just didn’t,” commented Rangers manager Ron Washington. The club still owns a 14-12 lead in this series since 2010, while going 12-8 inside this ballpark since Aug. 20, 2008. Texas is 2-4 as a home underdog of +125 to +150 over the last two-plus seasons.
Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland (7-6, 5.18 ERA) has struggled to keep the ball in the yard over his last four outings, serving up nine home runs in 27 innings over that span. The left-hander is 3-4 with a 6.19 ERA in 10 home games (nine starts), with opposing hitters batting .258 against him. Holland has no record and a 2.25 ERA in one career start against the Tigers.
Sports bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 20-8 mark in his last 28 efforts as a road favorite, while the Rangers are 1-5 in Holland’s last six starts as a home underdog of +110 to +150
Pick: Detroit Tigers -137
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