Friday, May 6, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Cole Hamels vs. Jordan Zimmermann
The Texas Rangers visit Comerica Park on Friday to play the Detroit Tigers. The probable starters are Cole Hamels for the Rangers and Jordan Zimmermann for the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Texas at +120 and Detroit at -130. The over/under was set at 8. The Rangers have a 12-15-1 over/under record and a 15-13-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The Tigers are 15-11-0 against the run line and have a 17-9-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 58% of the time.
The Rangers head into this matchup with a 15-13 record, including 5-8 on the road. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels has a 3-0 record with an earned run average of 3.30 and a WHIP of 1.40. He has 27 strikeouts over his 30 innings pitched and he has given up 27 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.9. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.98 and they have given up 90 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .278 against the bullpen while being struck out 71 times and walking 29 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.56 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.9 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.70. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 238 base hits and 103 earned runs. They have allowed 39 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 94 batters and struck out 192. They walk 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.33 and their FIP as a unit is 4.83.
As a team, Texas is batting .253, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .233 average away from home. The Rangers hold a .389 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 11th in baseball with 8.39 hits per game. Adrian Beltre comes into this game hitting .286 and his on-base percentage is at .336. He has 30 hits this season along with 11 runs scored and 16 runs batted in. He's struck out 10 times and has walked 9 times. Elvis Andrus is hitting .293 and he has an on-base percentage of .323. He has totaled 27 hits so far while scoring 9 runs and he's driven in 13. He has walked 5 times and has struck out 11 times. The Rangers have 235 hits, including 51 doubles and 23 home runs. They've stolen 14 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 8 times. Texas has walked 74 times this season and they've struck out 204 times as a unit. They've left 172 men on base and have a team OPS of .701. They score 4.21 runs per contest and have scored a total of 118 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this matchup with a 5-6 home record and a 14-12 overall mark. With an earned run average of 0.55, Jordan Zimmermann has a 5-0 record and a 1.06 WHIP. He has 23 strikeouts over the 33 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 28 hits. He has allowed 7.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.71. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.56 and they have given up 81 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 64 times and walking 23 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.12 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.04 batters per nine. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 3.91. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 233 base knocks and 100 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 20 home runs this year and they give up 0.8 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 87 hitters and struck out 180. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 3.82.
As a team, they are batting .268, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .251 average at home. The Tigers hold a .424 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.31 hits per contest. Miguel Cabrera comes into this matchup batting .275 and he has an OBP of .339. He has 28 hits this year along with 14 runs scored and 12 RBI. He's struck out 21 times and has walked on 10 occasions. Ian Kinsler is hitting .306 and he has an OBP of .345. He has collected 33 hits so far while he's scored 22 runs and drove in 15. He has earned a walk 6 times and has punched out 20 times. The Tigers as a unit have 242 base hits, including 42 doubles and 31 homers. They have 8 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 3 times. Detroit as a team has walked 68 times this year and they have struck out 229 times. They've had 176 men left on base and have an OPS of .746. They score 4.54 runs per game and have totaled 118 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 12-15-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 15-13-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 17-9-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 15-11-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/21/16 P Keone Kela Elbow 15-day DL (4/20)
04/11/16 C Robinson Chirinos Forearm 60-day DL (4/9)
04/10/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Calf 15-day DL (4/9)
04/10/16 P Tanner Schepper Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Luke Jackson Back 15-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 P Yu Darvish Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
04/28/16 P Shane Greene Finger 15-day DL (4/25)
04/04/16 CF Cameron Maybin Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Daniel Norris Back 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jeff Ferrell Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Angel Nesbitt Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers
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