Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers – MLB July 21

Rangers (35-60, 13-35 road) at Tigers (45-51, 26-22 home)

  • Time: 4:10 PST, 6:10 CST, 7:10 EST
  • Place: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
  • TV: BSSW, BSDET, MLB Extra Innings

Opening Pitch:

The Tigers and Rangers meet for the third time in four days after the Tigers set the tone for the the series on Monday night with a 14-0 win.

  • The Tigers are showing plenty of progress this season as Detroit has won five in a row after last night’s 4-1 win over the Rangers. The Tigers are 9-6 in July and have moved solidly into third in the AL Central, but are still 13.5 games behind the division-leading Chicago White Sox.
  • Texas is buried in the bottom of the AL West as the Rangers are 22.5 games behind the Astors. The Rangers have lost eight out of their last nine games and are 4-11 in July.

The Rangers have lost seven in a row and have been outscored 43-3 since the all-star break. The seven-game losing streak is currently the longest in the majors as Texas is the only winless team since the All-Star break.

Last Time Out:

The Tigers got home runs from Robbie Grossman and Eric Hasse as they won their second straight over Detroit, 4-1. Jonathan Scoop and Harold Castro had RBI-singles for the Tigers while Tarik Skubal gave up four hits in six innings for his sixth win.

Detroit used three relievers who quieted the Rangers in the late innings as Gregory Soto picked up the save in striking out the side in the ninth inning.

Trends:

Rangers (43-52, ATS)

  • Texas is 1-4 SU in it’s last 5 games vs. the Tigers
  • The UNDER has been the call in 5 of Texas’ last 6 games in Detroit
  • The Rangers are 0-6 SU in their last 6 road games

Tigers (53-43, ATS)

  • The OVER has been the call in four of the last six games between Detroit and Texas
  • Detroit is 7-0 SU in it’s last 7 home games
  • The OVER has been the play in 4 of the last 6 games when the Tigers have been favored

Team Stats Sketch:

Texas is batting .229 this season as that is near the bottom at 27th in MLB and the Rangers have 108 home runs (19th/MLB).

Scoring struggles have been a nightmare as the Rangers’ run in the fifth inning last night broke a 27-inning scoreless streak which was the second longest drought in team history. The Rangers bats have no walks and 20 strikeouts in the first two games of this series.

Rightfielder Joey Gallo and centerfielder Aldois Garcia are the top two run producers on the Rangers as Gallo has 24 home runs and 52 RBI while Garcia has netted 22 homers with 62 RBI.

Detroit’s bullpen has been it’s undoing so many times this season as the Tigers have a 5.17 ERA (27th/MLB) with a 19-16 mark and 21 saves in 34 chances. Gregory Soto has taken over as the closer with a 4-1 mark and a 2.84 ERA as he has nine stops.

The Tigers are batting .240 (15th/MLB) and .272 in July (7th/MLB) as Detroit has started to swing upward and compete night. They have 106 home runs, which is 21st in the majors as the Tigers have hit 20 in July.

Miguel Cabrera was 0x4 last night, but had been one of the hottest Tigers in the line up as he had batted .278 (10×36) in the ten games prior in driving in eight runs. Cabrera drove in five runs on Monday night with a three-run double as this was his second 5-RBI game of the season.

Jonathan Scoop has added to his numbers as he went 2×4 on Tuesday in going 16×43 in his last 11 games and swimming at a .372 clip.

The Rangers’ 4.56 ERA is 20th in the majors with a 16-21 mark out of the bullpen. Texas only has 17 saves as Ian Kennedy owns 15 of those.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Texas Rangers +1½ (-190) +104 O 9½ (-105)
Detroit Tigers -1½ (+160) -114 U 9½ (-115)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

On the Mound:

Jordan Lyles (5-6, 5.20 ERA) vs. Matt Manning (1-3, 6.95 ERA) –
Texas Rangers LogoLyles is 4-4 with a 4.28 ERA over his last 12 games as opponents have hit .277 over that stretch. He makes his first start this season at Comerica Park and has faced the Tigers twice with a 0-0 record and a 2.57 ERA. One of those was in a starter’s role while he came out of the bullpen in the other. Lyles is 2-1 in July as he gave up six runs on seven hits in four innings in a loss to the Blue Jays last Friday.


Detroit Tigers LogoManning has two starts in July as he is 0-1 this month in losing his last trip to the mound on July 9 as he surrendered two runs on two hits in five innings. The was preceded by a melt down on July 4 where the White Sox tagged him for a pair of runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings as the Tigers rallied for a 6-5 win over Chicago.

The Bets
Detroit Tigers -1½
+160
Detroit Tigers
-114
OVER 9.5
-105
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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