Elvis Andrus RangersDetroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers Friday Free MLB Pick: The Texas Rangers dropped a whopping 10 runs on Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night. Now, the two teams are going to be back in action once again on Friday in this crucial series in a game that will be televised regionally on the MLB Network. The Rangers are once again relatively short favorites in a game that features another very comparable pitching matchup.

Tigers vs. Rangers Game Time: 8:05 p.m. ET
Tigers vs. Rangers Live TV Coverage: MLB Network
MLB Odds: Tigers +115 / Rangers -125 (Total: 10.5)

It’s amazing to think that the ‘total’ in this game came up from 7.5 to 10.5 in a span of just one day, but that’s the difference that starting pitchers have in games. It was easy to trust Justin Verlander and Yu Darvish. It’s tough to trust Rick Porcello and Nicholas Tepesch. Poor Tepesch knows that it is only a matter of time until he gets sent back to the minors, and this might be the last chance that he has to prove himself worthy of a spot in the rotation, or at least the bullpen for the team. He has a 4.03 ERA, and he has been relatively effective in his seven starts this season, but he’ll have to do better in this one. What we don’t understand is what the lack of love is for Rick Porcello. Sure, the righty is only 1-2 on the season, and the team is only 2-4 in his six starts, but this is a man that has a much more respectable 3.72 ERA in his last three starts as compared to the man that has a 6.68 ERA for the season. Remember that Porcello has a 1.36 WHIP for the season, and men that have WHIPs that low don’t have ERAs up near a touchdown for very long. We think that Detroit is probably the right side in this game, but the ‘under’ is the far more appealing play to us.

Tigers vs. Rangers Free Pick for May 17th: Take the Under 10.5

 

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