The Texas Rangers are just coming off of a series win against the Oakland Athletics and will continue to face some tough competition in the Detroit Tigers for a four-game series. This series, starting on Thursday, is in Texas, so it will be nice for the Rangers to be at home, but they are facing some very tough starters.
In game 1, it’s a battle of aces between Yu Darvish and Justin Verlander. Darvish is proving that he is an ace this season with a six-and-one record and just a 2.73 ERA. Verlander, on the other hand, doesn’t need to prove he is an ace anymore. He has pitched to just a 1.93 ERA but is just four and three on the season. This will be a great pitching matchup and I have to give the Tigers the win in game 1. I can never bet against Verlander.
Game 2 will be a matchup of Rick Porcello and Nick Tepesch. Tepesch has slowed down this season and is now just three-and-three with a 4.03 ERA but he has looked very good at times. Porcello has good stuff but he has been really beat up in a couple starts. He is just one-and-two but has a 6.68 ERA on the season. I think the Rangers will take game 2 of this series with the bullpens doing more work than the starters.
Game 3 will see Anibal Sanchez and Justin Grimm. I mentioned that Tepesch has slowed down, well Grimm has slowed down even more so. Grimm started incredible. But now, he has just a two-and-three record and a 4.28 ERA. However, Sanchez hasn’t slowed at all this year. He has been incredible for the Tigers, he is only four and three but his 2.05 ERA is a little more telling of how good he has been. I believe the Tigers will take game three in another great start by Sanchez.
The final game of this series will be between Doug Fister and Derek Holland. Fister has been good enough to win six games already and his 3.06 ERA is pretty good. Holland has been very good for the Rangers this season pitching to just a 2.93 ERA. He is only three-and-two but he has been one of the most consistent starters on the team. I like Fister and it’s tough for me to vote against him but I think the Rangers come out of this final game with a win.
Overall, I predict a series tie, which at this point, I think both teams would be fine with. This will be a very tough series for both teams and will feature a lot of good pitching.