Sunday, May 8, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Martin Perez vs. Justin Verlander
The Texas Rangers visit Comerica Park on Sunday to play the Detroit Tigers. The probable starters are Martin Perez for the Rangers and Justin Verlander for the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Texas at +145 and Detroit at -155. The over/under was set at 9. The Rangers have a 13-16-1 over/under record and a 16-14-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The Tigers are 15-13-0 against the run line and have a 18-10-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
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The Rangers head into this matchup with a 17-14 record, including 7-9 on the road. Starting pitcher Martin Perez has a 1-2 record with an earned run average of 3.60 and a WHIP of 1.37. He has 18 strikeouts over his 35 innings pitched and he has given up 30 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.88. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.64 and they have given up 102 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .274 against the bullpen while being struck out 80 times and walking 37 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.58 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.83 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.91. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 255 base hits and 116 earned runs. They have allowed 40 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 102 batters and struck out 203. They walk 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 4.78.
As a team, Texas is batting .254, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .237 average away from home. The Rangers hold a .388 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .311 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.47 hits per game. Adrian Beltre comes into this game hitting .268 and his on-base percentage is at .317. He has 30 hits this season along with 12 runs scored and 16 runs batted in. He's struck out 10 times and has walked 9 times. Elvis Andrus is hitting .302 and he has an on-base percentage of .330. He has totaled 29 hits so far while scoring 10 runs and he's driven in 14. He has walked 5 times and has struck out 11 times. The Rangers have 254 hits, including 56 doubles and 24 home runs. They've stolen 14 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 8 times. Texas has walked 76 times this season and they've struck out 213 times as a unit. They've left 185 men on base and have a team OPS of .698. They score 4.17 runs per contest and have scored a total of 125 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this matchup with a 5-8 home record and a 14-15 overall mark. With an earned run average of 6.49, Justin Verlander has a 2-3 record and a 1.44 WHIP. He has 33 strikeouts over the 34.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 37 hits. He has allowed 9.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.92. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.19 and they have given up 93 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .258 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 66 times and walking 25 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.44 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.89 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.08. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 259 base knocks and 112 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 23 home runs this year and they give up 0.8 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 91 hitters and struck out 189. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.42 while their FIP as a staff is 3.91.
As a team, they are batting .258, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .237 average at home. The Tigers hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 8.89 hits per contest. Nick Castellanos comes into this matchup batting .371 and he has an OBP of .379. He has 36 hits this year along with 13 runs scored and 22 RBI. He's struck out 25 times and has walked on 3 occasions. Ian Kinsler is hitting .302 and he has an OBP of .339. He has collected 35 hits so far while he's scored 23 runs and drove in 15. He has earned a walk 6 times and has punched out 20 times. The Tigers as a unit have 249 base hits, including 45 doubles and 32 homers. They have 9 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 3 times. Detroit as a team has walked 72 times this year and they have struck out 248 times. They've had 183 men left on base and have an OPS of .722. They score 4.39 runs per game and have totaled 123 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 13-16-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 16-14-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 18-10-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 15-13-0 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 60-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 Rangers
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