Saturday, August 13, 2016
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Boyd vs. Cole Hamels
The Detroit Tigers visit Globe Life Park on Saturday to play the Texas Rangers. The probable starters are Matt Boyd for the Tigers and Cole Hamels for the Rangers. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +170 and Texas at -180. The over/under was set at 9.5. The Tigers have a 58-51-5 over/under record and a 63-51-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 55% of the time. The Rangers are 63-53-0 against the run line and have a 56-53-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
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The Tigers head into this matchup with a 61-53 record, including 28-32 on the road. Starting pitcher Matt Boyd has a 3-2 record with an earned run average of 4.69 and a WHIP of 1.31. He has 50 strikeouts over his 55.2 innings pitched and he has given up 54 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.86. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.23 and they have given up 366 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .263 against the bullpen while being struck out 303 times and walking 117 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.17 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.49 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.27. The Tigers pitchers have collectively given up 1,033 base hits and 481 earned runs. They have allowed 122 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 328 batters and struck out 844. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 4.12.
As a team, Detroit is batting .267, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .256 average away from home. The Tigers hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.21 hits per game. Ian Kinsler comes into this game hitting .293 and his on-base percentage is at .348. He has 134 hits this season along with 90 runs scored and 62 runs batted in. He's struck out 89 times and has walked 32 times. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .308 and he has an on-base percentage of .383. He has totaled 132 hits so far while scoring 65 runs and he's driven in 76. He has walked 52 times and has struck out 84 times. The Tigers have 1,050 hits, including 168 doubles and 148 home runs. They've stolen 49 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 19 times. Detroit has walked 338 times this season and they've struck out 931 times as a unit. They've left 773 men on base and have a team OPS of .762. They score 4.7 runs per contest and have scored a total of 536 runs so far this year.
Texas comes into this matchup with a 35-18 home record and a 68-48 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.89, Cole Hamels has a 12-3 record and a 1.25 WHIP. He has 144 strikeouts over the 146.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 127 hits. He has allowed 7.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.08. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.78 and they have given up 391 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .271 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 287 times and walking 131 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 9.08 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.79 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.37. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,042 base knocks and 502 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 147 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff has walked 381 hitters and struck out 779. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.70.
As a team, they are batting .264, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .282 average at home. The Rangers hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 9.02 hits per contest. Adrian Beltre comes into this matchup batting .280 and he has an OBP of .333. He has 118 hits this year along with 58 runs scored and 72 RBI. He's struck out 49 times and has walked on 30 occasions. Ian Desmond is hitting .291 and he has an OBP of .341. He has collected 133 hits so far while he's scored 81 runs and drove in 70. He has earned a walk 33 times and has punched out 124 times. The Rangers as a unit have 1,046 base hits, including 186 doubles and 148 homers. They have 68 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 26 times. Texas as a team has walked 302 times this year and they have struck out 872 times. They've had 734 men left on base and have an OPS of .754. They score 4.71 runs per game and have totaled 546 runs so far this season.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 58-51-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 63-51-0 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 56-53-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 63-53-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/09/16 CF Cameron Maybin Thumb 15-day DL (8/9)
08/07/16 P Jordan Zimmerman Neck 15-day DL (8/5)
08/07/16 3B Nick Castellanos Hand 15-day DL (8/7)
08/02/16 P Mike Pelfrey Back 15-day DL (8/2)
06/21/16 P Drew VerHagen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/23), out for season
04/04/16 P Jeff Ferrell Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Angel Nesbitt Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
07/20/16 DH Prince Fielder Neck 15-day DL (7/19), out for season
06/26/16 P Colby Lewis Back 60-day DL (6/22)
06/22/16 P Derek Holland Shoulder 60-day DL (6/21)
05/28/16 P Tanner Scheppers Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
05/24/16 CF Drew Stubbs Toe 60-day DL (5/23)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers
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