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MLB betting: Tigers vs. Rangers

Josh Hamilton leads the hard-hitting Texas Rangers into the finale of the three-game series with the Detroit Tigers today.

The Tigers will send Max Scherzer (2-0, 5.73) to the mound today, while the Rangers are expected to give David Bush his first start of the season. Scherzer picked up a win over Kansas City last time out after allowing one run on seven hits over six innings.

View Texas vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Tigers in this one will find them as -140 favorites on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 9.5 at its open earlier today.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 7-rated American League offense, averaging 4.4 runs per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 1 in the American League at 2.8 in runs allowed per game. The Tigers have averaged 8.6 hits per game so far, less than Rangers batters have averaged on the year (8.7 hits per game).

Detroit owns the American League's No. 13 defense, allowing 5.5 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Texas' American League No. 1-rated defense.

In their last action, Texas was a 5-4 loser on the road against the Tigers. Bettors on Detroit at +128 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Rangers endured a 5-4 loss at the hands of the Tigers on Tuesday, with C.J. Wilson throwing 6 2/3 innings of 7-hit ball at Comerica Park.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing NY Yankees are 8-2
After playing Detroit are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Oakland are 5-5
After playing Texas are 6-4
After a win are 5-5


A few Rangers at Tigers trends to consider:
Texas is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas' last 8 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Texas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Detroit
Texas is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Detroit is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 8 games when playing at home against Texas
Detroit is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Texas at NY Yankees, Friday, April 15
Detroit at Oakland, Thursday, April 14

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