Texas Rangers vs Detroit Tigers MLB Pick – June 17

The MLB is set up with another strong slate of action throughout Friday night. Sixteen games are up on the board throughout June 17. One of these games will be between the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers. These two teams have been struggling throughout this season and will look for a big win. This game will start at around 7:10 PM Eastern time.

Texas has earned a record of 30-33 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the AL West. The Rangers are coming off a win in their last game and have won four of their last six. Texas is four games back on a wild card spot and will look to close that gap with a win. The Rangers will look for a quick start on the road in this one.

The Tigers have put up a record of 24-39 so far on the season, which has them in fourth place of the AL Central. Detroit has lost five games in a row entering this one and will look to turn it around. The Tigers have fallen ten games out of a wild card spot on the season. Detroit will look to start fast at home to earn the win.

These two teams are sitting outside of the playoff picture, but will look for a big win in this one. The Rangers have been solid throughout their recent stretch and will look to keep it going. Detroit has dropped their last five games and will try to get back in the win column. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win on Friday night.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Texas Rangers +1 ½ (-210) +100 Over 8 (-105)
Detroit Tigers -1 ½ (+175) -120 Under 8 (-115)


Team Data Texas Rangers Detroit Tigers
Overall Record 30-33 24-39
Away/ Home Record 16-15 16-21
Batting Average .233 .220
Batting Average Away/ Home .236 .231
ERA 3.90 3.95
ERA Away/ Home 3.70 4.00

Betting Trends

Texas Rangers

  • 6-9 in June games
  • 3-6 when playing on Friday
  • 22-20 in night games
  • 13-10 against left handers
  • 15-13 after a win
  • 16-13 when playing team with a losing record

Detroit Tigers

  • 5-9 in June
  • 3-5 when playing on Friday
  • 10-19 in night games
  • 18-28 against right handed starters
  • 12-26 after a loss
  • 5-9 after three or more straight losses
  • 13-14 against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up once this season on June 16 in Detroit. Robbie Grossman had the lone RBI for the Tigers in the losing effort. Ezequiel Duran had a three RBI triple in the top of the ninth to lead Texas. Martin Perez pitched seven innings, giving up eight hits and only one run as the Rangers earned a 3-1 win on the road.


The Rangers have struggled a bit hitting the ball this season. Texas has a .233 batting average, which is 23rd in the MLB. The Rangers have an OBP of .293, which is 27th in the league. Texas has a .677 OPS, which is 24th in the MLB. The Rangers have also hit a BA of .242 against left handers on the season.

Detroit has struggled even more at the plate throughout the season. The Tigers have a batting average of .220, which is 28th in the league. Detroit has a .275 on base percentage, which is 29th in the MLB. The Tigers have an OPS of .590, which is 30th in the league. Detroit has hit .209 against righties this season.

Texas has struggled at the plate, but has the edge in this one. The Tigers have been very inconsistent at the plate this season and will need to do much better if they want to earn the win. Detroit only scored one run in the first game of this series. If either team can get the bats going early in this one, it could be enough to lead them to the win in this one.

Pitching Preview

I expect Jon Gray to get the start at pitcher for Texas on Friday night. Gray has started in 10 games this season, going 1-3 in those matchups. He has put up a 4.85 ERA and a WHIP of 1.269 in those outings. Gray’s last start was against the Chicago White Sox. He gave up three hits and one run through six innings in the no decision.

Tarik Skubal will likely get the nod on the mound for the Tigers in this one. Skubal has earned a record of 5-3 throughout his 12 starts this season. He has posted an ERA of 2.71 and a 1.019 WHIP in his starts. Skubal gave up seven hits and four runs through four innings in his last start against the Toronto Blue Jays, which led to the loss.

These two pitchers have been solid on the season, with Detroit having a slight edge with their ace on the mound. The Tigers also have the edge with the bullpen. Detroit’s relievers have a 3.20 ERA, which is 6th in the MLB. The Rangers bullpen has a combined ERA of 3.49, which is 10th in the league. Both teams will look for their pitching to lead them in this one.

Pick Overview

Detroit will look to end this extended losing streak with a win on Friday night. The Tigers had a great chance to grab the win against Texas on Thursday, but blew a lead in the ninth inning en route to the loss. I think Detroit will switch things up and come out faster in this one. If the Tigers can get the early lead, I think they can hang on for the win.

Bovada has Detroit listed as a -120 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Tigers will win this game around 54.6 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate with Detroit at home and having their ace on the mound. The Tigers are due for a win and I think they can pull it off in this one. As slight favorites, I like the value on Detroit in this one.

The Bet
Detroit Tigers
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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