Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers
Free Prediction: Texas Rangers (-130 betting odds)
Mon July 27th 2009 8:05p
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The Detroit Tigers played last night and looked asleep at the wheel in a 5-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Now after traveling half way across the country to Texas to play the Rangers in Arlington, I’m betting they stay in a state of slumber.
The Rangers starting pitcher Tommy Hunter (2-1, 2.17 ERA) is currently in top form and is off six strong innings where he allowed one earned run on Tuesday against the Red Sox for his second Major League win. It was his third quality start of the season. He has gone 2-1 with a 1.52 ERA over his last four starts to lower his ERA to 2.16 . The young righty has been his best at home this season where he owns a 2.74 ERA with a 2-1 record . More of the same good work is on tonights agenda vs a Tigers team that is hitting just .241 in this L/7 games and has batted well below the Mendoza line on the road this year.
Meanwhile, his pitching opponent Armondo Galarraga (5-8, 4.82 ERA) has been a fairly consistent cog in his teams pitching rotation, this season, but despite of some recent top notch efforts has still had a hard time securing wins because of his teams lack of run support. Galarraga’s team is just 2-11 in night games this season, where he has been at his worst this season as is evident by a bloated 5.24 ERA, which is not a good omen vs a Texas team that plays their best at home behind a consistent offense that has averaged 5.4 RPG via a .271 BA.
Final notes & Key Trends: Detroit is 2-12 vs. strong base running teams like the Rangers averaging 0.85 or more stolen bases per game over the last few seasons. The Tigers are 5-16 as a road underdog of +100 to +150 this season.Tigers are 0-8 in Galarragas last 8 starts as a road underdog.Rangers are 21-9 in their last 30 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
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