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Rangers at Tigers – Free Pick for April 19th

 

Texas Rangers -125 @ Detroit Tigers +115 (Total: 9)

Yu Darvish (1-0, 4.76 ERA) vs.  Adam Wilk (0-1, 3.60 ERA)

You know Yu has to take the mound feeling pretty confident tonight (I promise, only “Yu” pun of the season from me… probably…).  Who wouldn’t feel pretty loose and confident with the Ranger lineup supporting them?  The Rangers are a major league-best 10-2, and have been scoring runs by the bundle.  Last night they roughed up the Boston Red Sox, again, tallying 14 runs in their easy 14-6 victory.  Boston now has three starting pitchers with an ERA over 7.00 – a large part of that is courtesy of the Texas Ranger offensive juggernaut. 

 

Josh Hamilton is on pace for a 64 home run and 225 RBI season through 11 games.  That is unlikely to hold up (obviously), but he is also hitting .414… and isn’t the clear-cut standout on the team.  Everyone with few exceptions is hitting and producing.  That makes for a big challenge for 24-year old Adam Wilk.  Less than a year and a half ago, Wilk was pitching for Long Beach State in the college world series.  Tonight, he faces the two-time reigning AL representative from THE World Series.  Welcome to the bigs kid!

Texas has won six straight ball games and nine of ten overall and is already a full six games ahead of the Angels in the American League West.  It’s way, way too early to start talking runaway division crown… but a few more weeks like this and the race might be over before it ever got started. 

Anyhow – all this offense and run production should make for a nice comfortable third outing for Yu Darvish to finally get comfortable on the mound here in the United States.  His stuff is absolutely electric, and he has the talent to dominate.  He will have his hands full with the Tiger lineup, which hasn’t kept up with the Herculean pace of the Rangers, but is also one of the best in all of baseball. 

The Tigers won six of nine against Texas last season, and went 4-2 against them at home.  However, this season, I like the Ranger offense and ridiculous momentum to steamroll into Detroit, perhaps only slowing (or even stopping) when the Tigers can get the ball into the hands of Justin Verlander.  However, no Verlander tonight – and no win for the Tigers

Free Pick:  Texas Rangers -125