The Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers conclude a four-game AL series Thursday afternoon from Comerica Park. The Rangers give the start to the struggling Mike Foltynewicz who is looking for a rebound after a disastrous outing. The Tigers counter with Tyler Alexander. Detroit leads the season series by a 5-1 count including a 4-2 triumph on Wednesday night.
Foltynewicz Shelled for 10 Runs, Rangers Slump Continues
Mike Foltynewicz will start the series finale for the struggling Rangers. Foltynewicz was demolished in his previous start, allowing a whopping 10 runs including four home runs in 1.2 innings against the Blue Jays in an ugly 10-0 defeat. The veteran right-hander has come through with a few good outings however overall has been shelled as seen in his 5.91 ERA along with a 1.34 WHIP and a 2-9 record in 102 innings of work. Folty squandered five runs in five innings in his lone career meeting against the Tigers.
It was going to be a rough season for this rebuilding squad, however many did not expect this team to be this bad. They have lost seven in a row entering Wednesday night and all seven of those defeats came by three or more runs. Texas has dropped six consecutive road games.
ON THE BOARD, Y'ALL! pic.twitter.com/gVYtd9fwjC— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) July 21, 2021
Isiah Kiner Falefa is one of many hitters slumping at the plate, recording a .151 average along with only two RBI’s on the month. The 26-year old shortstop has 30 RBI’s and a subpar .651 OPS on the season. He has struggled against the Tigers pitching, going only 2 for 19 with two RBI’s.
The Rangers are averaging 3.92 runs on the year, pegging them 27th overall. The pitching staff enters with a 4.73 team ERA, positioning them down at 23rd in the Majors.
Alexander Starts Finale, Tigers Eye .500 Mark
The Tigers will have Tyler Alexander on the hill for the 28th time of the season. Alexander was subpar in his latest appearance, allowing two runs in 3.1 innings against the Twins and finished with the no-decision in a tilt the Tigers won. The young left-hander has been used primarily as a reliever, but the Tigers are dealing with several injuries to the starting pitching staff. Alexander enters with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP accompanied by a 1-1 record in 43 innings of work. He has limited Texas to only one run in seven career innings.
Detroit is a team that is finally being rewarded after years of stockpiling prospects and rebuilding. They are inching closer to the .500 mark and feature some of the best young starting pitchers in the game. The Tigers have won five in a row entering Wednesday.
He Haase left the yard again. pic.twitter.com/SsWbhMGVlx— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 21, 2021
The great Miguel Cabrera is swinging a hot bat, accumulating seven RBI’s in his last four clashes entering Wednesday night. The 38-year old future Hall of Famer ranks 38th on the all-time Major League hits list with 2931. Miggy has 39 RBI’s on the season and is 5 for 16 with six RBI’s against Texas this season.
The Tigers have climbed to 19th in the big leagues with 4.26 runs on the season. The pitching staff has registered a 4.53 team ERA, placing them 21st overall.
The Texas Rangers are:
- 0-4 in their last 4 games in the fourth game of a series.
- 17-42 in their last 59 games overall.
- 1-5 in their last 6 games against the Tigers
The Detroit Tigers are:
- 7-0 in their last 7 home games.
- 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning % below .400.
- 5-0 in their last 5 games overall.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
As soon as I see Rangers' Mike Foltynewicz listed as the starter I immediately opt for the opponent. Folty surrendered 10 runs in 1.2 innings against the Blue Jays in his previous start. The right-hander posted an awful 7.40 ERA in June and has a 10.20 ERA in his three July starts.
Furthermore, the Tigers' offense is one of the hottest in the big leagues right now and have averaged a dazzling 6.8 runs in their last five clashes overall. It’s been a disastrous week for Texas who has lost eight in a row. Detroit has been dominant, outscoring their opposition 29-3 in their last five games.
Full-Game Total Pick
This one should feature a barrage of offense. The over has been the common trend with Foltynewicz on the hill which comes as no surprise, cashing in six out of his last eight starts. The Rangers pitching staff as a whole has been terrible, serving up five or more runs in four out of their last six games. The over is also 4-1 in Foltynewicz’s last five road starts.
In addition, the Tigers will likely give up some runs in this one. Tyler Alexander is the starter but he does not pitch deep into games considering he is primarily a reliever. Alexander is decent but the bullpen relies heavily on guys such as Soto and Cisnero, but are rather thin after them. The over is also 4-1-2 in the last seven meetings between these foes.