The Detroit Tigers (36-37) and Texas Rangers (45-29) will continue a three-game American League series on Tuesday night at Rangers Ballpark, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 ET
Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers
Detroit opened up this series with an 8-2 win on Monday night, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning and never looking back. “We came out swinging early, put some runs on the board,” stated Tigers manager Jim Leyland. Third baseman Miguel Cabrera led the attack, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, raising his career average against Texas to .378. The Tigers now have the opportunity of reaching .500 for the first time since May 15, while improving their record to 13-10 during the month of June.
Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly (2-2, 3.96 ERA) is searching for his first victory this month, allowing seven runs and 10 hits over nine frames in his two starts in June. The left-hander is 2-0 with a 3.89 ERA in seven road outings, issuing nine walks and striking out 29 batters in 37 combined innings. He didn’t factor into the decision of a 3-2 home loss to the Rangers on April 22, surrendering one run and five hits over six innings.
Texas didn’t adjust to the heat of playing its first game in triple-digit temperatures, failing to score until the seventh inning last night. The Rangers scored their two runs on outfielder Josh Hamilton’s 23rd home run of the year, but just his second in his last 21 games. The club probably wishes it could continue playing NL opponents, posting a major league-best 14-4 mark during interleague play this year. Texas is 5-2 as a home favorite of -175 to -200, while the “under” is 4-3 in those contests.
Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (9-4, 3.45 ERA) has won his last two outings, including a 4-2 road victory over the San Diego Padres in his latest effort, allowing two runs and five hits over eight strong innings. The right-hander is 6-0 with a 3.15 ERA in six home starts, surrendering just four home runs in 40 combined frames. Darvish earned a 10-3 road victory over the Tigers on April 19, giving up one run and two hits over 6.1 innings of work.
Bettors will likely back the Rangers due to their 40-11 record following a loss, while the Tigers are 7-20 after picking up a victory.
Pick: Texas Rangers -188
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