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Two American League Contenders Meet As Tigers Visit Rangers For Four Games

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 5/15/2013 7:13:55 PM

It’s showdown time in the American League. The last two pennant winners clash in Arlington, Tex., this weekend, as 2012 A.L. champion Detroit faces the 2010 and 2011 winner, Texas.

Series Preview: Detroit Tigers @ Texas Rangers
Game 1: – Thursday, May 16

Betting lines should favor the Tigers in the first installment of this four-game series. Texas is throwing one of its better starting pitchers, Yu Darvish, at the Tigers, but Detroit is countering with its ace, Justin Verlander, one of the premier pitchers in the sport. Verlander actually had a bad outing on Saturday against Cleveland, failing to get out of the sixth inning, which is an extremely rare event for him. On a rainy and cool evening, Verlander did not feel comfortable. He said after the game that he could not establish any kind of command with his fastball, obviously a pitch he needs every time he takes the hill. Expect Verlander to regain control of his fastball and use it well against the Rangers. Detroit won’t score a lot, but Verlander should be primed for a big-time outing on Thursday.

MLB Betting Pick: Detroit

Game 2: – Friday, May 17

When the horse betting aficionados of America take a break on Friday night in advance of the Preakness Stakes, they might check out this baseball game in the Lone Star State. Rick Porcello is the starting pitcher for Detroit, and he carries a hefty 6.68 ERA to the bump. His counterpart, Texas starter Nick Tepesch, has not been brilliant this season, but his ERA of just over four runs looks a lot better by comparison. Texas will relish facing Porcello one day after having to deal with Verlander. The Rangers should grab a victory in this particular spot.

MLB Betting Pick: Texas

Game 3: – Saturday, May 18

In the MMA betting community, it is known that power matters a great deal, and in this game, Detroit will have the better power pitcher. Anibal Sanchez, who struck out 17 Atlanta Braves in an outing earlier this season, can overwhelm opposing hitters. Sanchez has matured into a superb big-league starter, using 2012 as his launching pad and 2013 as his true coming-out party. Sanchez will be opposed by Justin Grimm, a very competent pitcher whose ERA entering the second full week of May stood at 3.45. However, Sanchez should be able to outduel Grimm and get Detroit a second win on the road in Texas.

MLB Betting Pick: Detroit

Game 4: – Sunday, May 19

Detroit puts starter Doug Fister on the hill in this game, and Fister has been very solid to this point in the season. However, Texas will be able to respond by going with Derek Holland, who has been even better than Fister after a month and a half. Holland is more likely to win this duel, but if the game is close and goes to the late innings, Detroit’s shaky bullpen should give a bettor even more reasons to choose the Rangers.

MLB Betting Pick: Texas

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