Tuesday's MLB Pick: Tigers vs. Rangers Odds

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 12:07 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 12:07 PM UTC

The Detroit Tigers have failed to deliver with Drew Smyly on the mound as a favorite, which provides the Texas Rangers value in a series-opening contest Tuesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League matchup at Globe Life Park in Arlington, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET on the MLB Network.

All eyes on Cabrera
Detroit has scored 23 runs during its current four-game win streak, which includes a 10-4 road victory over the Cleveland Indians Sunday, while going OVER the betting total in six of its last 10 affairs.

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is the main player to watch for MLB handicappers, as he’s hit .434 with 26 RBIs in his last 21 games played at this venue.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the club is a disappointing 27-37 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125.

Glad to be home
Texas returns home after a 3-6 road trip, which has led to a 11.5-game deficit behind the Oakland Athletics in the AL West division standings.

The Rangers are hitting just .202 with runners in scoring position over their last 11 affairs, while they’ve dropped seven of eight opportunities as home underdogs of +100 to +125 during the 2014 campaign.

Sports bettors will be interested in knowing that the franchise is 25-9 in its last 34 home games following a trip of seven or more days.

Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly (3-6, 3.48 ERA) has dropped four of his last five trips to the mound, including a 2-1 setback at home to the Kansas City Royals last Wednesday—giving up two runs and seven hits over seven innings of work.

The left-hander is 1-2 with a 3.90 ERA in six road games (five starts), with opposing hitters batting .254 against him (.246 at home). In seven lifetime appearances versus the Tigers, Smyly has compiled a 0-1 record and 3.93 ERA.

Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (5-4, 5.97 ERA) has watched the team alternate wins and losses over his last nine outings, as he come off a 14-8 road victory over the Oakland Athletics on June 16.

The right-hander is 1-3 with a 7.42 ERA in six home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .368 against him. In seven career starts versus the Tigers, Lewis has registered a 3-2 record and 6.02 ERA.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rangers as one of their MLB Picks, as the Tigers have gone 3-8 in Smyly’s last 11 starts as a favorite.
Pick:  Texas Rangers

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