Tigers, Rangers Sunday Night Baseball
The Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers will close out the MLB betting schedule for the week on Sunday night as the teams meet in the fourth game of their series down at Rangers Ballpark.
And the Tigers are expected to turn to Doug Fister on Sunday night, with the team 6-2 over his first eight starts of the 2013 season. Fister has started seven times against Texas in his career, going 2-4 in those contests with a high 5.61 ERA.
The Rangers, meanwhile, will counter with Derek Holland, who will be looking to improve on his 3-2 mark.
Bettors looking to back visiting Detroit before the first pitch in this match found them as -107-moneyline underdogs earlier today at Bovada. They saw the total of 9.5 earlier at TopBet.
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 7-ranked Rangers and the American League No. 1-rated Tigers in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Texas' American League No. 6-ranked scoring average of 4.7 runs per game, against a Tigers offense rated No. 1 and scoring 5.2 runs per game in the league. The Rangers have averaged 9.2 hits per game to date this season, less than the Tigers hitters have managed (10.1 per nine innings).
Defensively, Detroit features the American League's No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.9 runs per game. Texas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the American League at home, scoring 5.3 runs per game.
Detroit lost its last outing, a 7-2 result against the Rangers on May 18. Bettors who backed the Rangers at +118 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Detroit suffered a 7-2 loss against Texas on Saturday, as Anibal Sanchez wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Rangers Ballpark.
Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Cleveland are 6-4
After playing Texas are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4
Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Oakland are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
A few Tigers at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing on the road against Texas
Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Texas' last 8 games at home
Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
Detroit at Cleveland, Tuesday, May 21
Texas home to Oakland, Monday, May 20