Mike Lundin‘s Tigers vs. Rangers Free Pick
Start Time: August 15, 2017, 8:05 PM
The Detroit Tigers are 2-8 in their last 10 following a 6-2 loss here at Arlington in the opener of a three-game series Monday night. This looks like a good spot to back the Tigers to bounce back though as they hand the ball to Justin Verlander.
Verlander (8-7, 3.97 ERA) is 10-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 18 career starts against Texas. That includes a 4-1 record with a 3.19 ERA and 42 Ks in six starts here at Arlington. Verlander is coming off his best start of the season as he held the Pirates scoreless through eight innings his last time out.
The Rangers turn to A.J. Griffin (5-3, 5.40 ERA) who was knocked around for four runs on four hits and three walks with three homers in five innings of a 5-4 loss to the Mets his last start. The 29 year old right-hander lasted only 3 1/3 innings while surrendering nine runs on nine hits in a 9-3 loss to the Tigers on May 20 to fall to 1-3 with a 10.88 ERA in five career starts against Detroit.
We can also note that the Tigers are 8-1 in their last nine games with John Tumpane calling the balls and strikes.
My free pick is on the Detroit Tigers ML.
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