Sunday, August 14, 2016
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Michael Fulmer vs. A.J. Griffin
The Detroit Tigers head to Globe Life Park on Sunday to take on the Texas Rangers. The probable pitchers are Michael Fulmer for the Tigers and A.J. Griffin for the Rangers. The opening line for this game has Detroit at -113 and Texas at +103. The over/under is 10. The Tigers have a 59-51-5 over/under mark and a 63-52-0 run line record, meaning they cover 55% of the time. The Rangers are 64-53-0 against the run line and have a 57-53-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
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The Tigers head into this game with a 61-54 record, and they are 28-33 on the road. Starting pitcher Michael Fulmer has a 9-3 record with an ERA of 2.43 and a WHIP of 1.06. He has 94 strikeouts during his 111 innings pitched and he has given up 86 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.64. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.18 and they have allowed 371 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .263 against the pen while they've been struck out 306 times and walked 117 times this year. As a unit, Detroit has given up 9.21 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.5 hitters per nine. They are 20th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.31. The Tigers pitchers have collectively given up 1,046 base hits and 489 earned runs. They have allowed 126 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 330 batters and struck out 851. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.16.
As a team, Detroit is hitting .266, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .255 average on the road. The Tigers have a .435 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .327 which is good for 9th in the league. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.19 hits per contest. Ian Kinsler comes into this game hitting .292 and his on-base percentage is at .349. He has 135 hits this season along with 91 runs scored and 62 runs batted in. He's struck out 89 times and has walked 32 times. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .310 and he has an on-base percentage of .384. He has totaled 134 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 1,057 hits, including 171 doubles and 150 home runs. They've stolen 49 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 19 times. Detroit has walked 340 times this season and they've struck out 937 times as a unit. They've left 779 men on base and have a team OPS of .762. They score 4.7 runs per contest and have scored a total of 541 runs so far this year.
Texas comes into this game with a 36-18 home mark and a 69-48 overall record. With an ERA of 4.38, A.J. Griffin has a 5-1 record and a 1.28 WHIP. He has 65 strikeouts over the 78 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 69 hits. He has allowed 8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.15. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.78 and they have given up 393 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .270 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 288 times and walking 132 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 9.06 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.78 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.35. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,049 base knocks and 504 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 149 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff has walked 383 hitters and struck out 785. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 4.71.
As a team, they are batting .265, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .284 average at home. The Rangers hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 9.05 hits per contest. Adrian Beltre comes into this matchup batting .284 and he has an OBP of .336. He has 121 hits this year along with 59 runs scored and 73 RBI. He's struck out 49 times and has walked on 30 occasions. Ian Desmond is hitting .292 and he has an OBP of .341. He has collected 135 hits so far while he's scored 82 runs and drove in 70. He has earned a walk 33 times and has punched out 126 times. The Rangers as a unit have 1,059 base hits, including 187 doubles and 152 homers. They have 68 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 26 times. Texas as a team has walked 304 times this year and they have struck out 879 times. They've had 741 men left on base and have an OPS of .757. They score 4.74 runs per game and have totaled 554 runs so far this season.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 59-51-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 63-52-0 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 57-53-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 64-53-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/13/16 SS Jose Iglesias Hamstring 15-day DL (8/11)
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Rangers
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