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Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers - 5/19/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (22-20) at Detroit Tigers (20-19)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)

N Martinez (0-2) (5.04) vs. D Norris (2-2) (4.34)

The Line: Detroit Tigers -143 / Texas Rangers +133 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW, FSDT

Over at Comerica Park on Friday, the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers will be kicking off their weekend series. 

The Rangers are coming off an early-week set with the Phillies. Texas won the first two games 5-1 and 9-3, then on Thursday the Rangers made it a sweep with an 8-4 win. 

Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers - 5/19/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For Friday’s game, the Rangers will be bringing out RHP Nick Martinez for the start. Over his 5.04 ERA and 0-2 record this year, Martinez has 15 Ks in 30.1 innings. 

Texas has a few notable hitters on their roster. Coming into Thursday, Elvis Andrus led the way on 45 hits, 20 runs and 18 RBI, while Nomar Mazara had logged 37 hits, 20 runs and 27 RBI in that time. Mazara and Andrus combined for three hits, three RBI and two runs on Thursday. 

Over on the Tigers’ side, they’re coming off a set against the Orioles this week. The two teams split the first two games, then on Thursday Detroit eked out a 6-5 win. 

For Friday’s matchup, the Tigers will be rolling with lefty Daniel Norris. In his 37.1 innings and 2-2 record this year, Norris has a 4.34 ERA with 31 Ks to his name. 

Detroit has some big hitters as well. Coming into Thursday, Victor Martinez brought 36 hits, 11 runs and 21 RBI, while Nick Castellanos had 34 hits, 19 runs and 22 RBI. Martinez popped a homer with three RBI and two runs on Thursday, while Castellanos logged a hit and a run. 

The Rangers are 9-3 in their last 12 Friday games, and 1-4 in their last five road games versus a left-handed starter. Texas is also 2-7 in Martinez’s last nine starts, and 1-10 in Martinez’s last 11 road starts. 

Meanwhile, the Tigers are 35-16 in their last 51 during game one of a series, and 4-0 in Norris’ last four starts during game one of a series. Detroit is also 9-4 in Norris’ last 13 starts on grass, and the over is 7-1-1 in the Tigers’ last nine Friday games. 

After starting out the year on a rather promising note, Martinez has slipped a bit, allowing 13 earned in his last three starts combined. As for Norris, he did give up four earned in Oakland but otherwise has allowed just three earned in 11.2 innings in two starts. I don’t necessarily want to rely on either guy here, but comparatively speaking I’ll take Norris. Give me the Tigers.

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