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The Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Rangers Ballpark.

Justin Verlander will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers on this day. Righthander Verlander is 4-3 this season with a 1.93 ERA.

Starting this game for the Rangers will be Yu Darvish. The righthander has a 2.73 ERA to go along with a 6-1 record this season.

Last time out for Detroit, they were a 7-5 loser as they battled the Astros at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Astros at +325 were rewarded, while the 12 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Texas was a 6-2 winner on the road against the Athletics. Bettors on Texas at +105 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Current streak:
Texas has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Detroit: 22-16 SU
Texas: 26-14 SU

Detroit most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Texas are 5-5
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

Texas most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Detroit are 7-3
After playing Oakland are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Detroit's last 17 games when playing on the road against Texas
Detroit is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games
Detroit is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas's last 5 games at home
Texas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit

Next up:
Texas home to Detroit, Friday, May 17