On Thursday, the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers will face off at Comerica Park in an MLB matchup. Both of these squads have had a rocky start to the season.
The Rangers have a 29-33 overall record and are coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Astros. The pitching struggled on Wednesday, allowing nine runs. Overall, the Rangers are allowing 4.34 runs per game, which ranks them 19th in the league. Adolis Garcia has been the team’s leading hitter, with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs.
The Tigers, who have a 24-38 overall record and are coming off another dismal loss on Wednesday, are on the other side of this battle. The pitching staff allowed the Chicago White Sox to score 13 runs. On Wednesday, the pitching wasn’t outstanding, but the offense has been a problem all season. The offense ranks 30th in baseball, averaging 2.71 runs per game.
Martin Perez, who has a 4-2 record and a 2.18 ERA, takes the mound for the Rangers. Perez has had a good season, but he struggled in his most recent start, going five innings and allowing 12 hits and seven earned runs.
Beau Brieske, who has a 1-5 record and a 4.34 ERA, takes the mound for the Tigers. He pitched 5.2 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing only seven hits and zero runs.
The Tigers have lost all four of their home games this season. In the Rangers’ last five Thursday games, the under is 5-0. In the Tigers’ last four Thursday games, the under is 2-0-2. In the Rangers’ previous nine road games, the over is 7-1-1.
Perez is coming off a poor start, but facing the Tigers will provide him with the confidence boost he requires. The Tigers offense has struggled all season, averaging 2.71 runs per game, and they will suffer even more in this matchup.
Free Pick: Detroit Tigers