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Rangers at Tigers 5/19/17 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Posted on 18 May 2017 by Jim
Tigers 51817

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Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers

MLB: 7:10 PM EST

May. 19, 2017

Latest Odds : DET -135 Total 9

Texas comes rolling into Detroit, with three series won in a row. The Rangers got off to a rough start to the season, but have surged into the second spot in the American League West. They're young and ready to contend for a spot in the playoffs once again.

On Friday, Nick Martinez (0-2, 5.04 ERA) will get the ball for Texas. He's made three quality start in five outings, but is still looking for his first win of the season. Martinez has been sharp in his three starts at home. On the road, however, he's posted an ERA of 7.94.

Joey Gallo is a conundrum for the Rangers. On the one hand, he may be a player who hits right around .200 for his career. On the other, he leads Texas with 12 home runs and has 27 RBI. When he puts the first pitch in play this season, Gallo is 7 for 19. On 2-2 counts, he's 2 for 24 with 19 strikeouts.

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The Tigers are right in the middle of a wide-open American League Central. Cleveland figures to pile up the wins down the stretch, but it's a good time for the rest of the division to establish a foothold near the top.

Detroit will pitch Daniel Norris (2-2, 4.34 ERA) on Friday. He's been hot and cold this season, and is frequently working into deep counts.

The Tigers are happy to have the bat of J.D. Martinez in the lineup again. In his first 12 at-bats, he hit four home runs.

Recent Betting Trends:

Rangers are 5-0 in their last 5 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.

Tigers are 4-1 in their last 5 home games vs. a right-handed starter.

Under is 5-0 in Rangers last 5 Friday games.

Under is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 home games vs. a right-handed starter.

Free Betting Pick: Texas Rangers +125

Looks like two struggling starters that will get hammered tonight, toss up on the mound leads us to take the hotter offense of Texas. Take the underdog Rangers and the over in this one. Final Score Prediction, Texas Rangers win 7-5.

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