Money Line: -109.00 Detroit (Home)
The Tigers entered the All-Star break off a three-game sweep of the Twins. Detroit stretched its win streak to four by stomping the hapless Rangers, 14-0, on Monday. The score could have been 16-0, but two Tigers were thrown out at the plate. Still, this was a season high in runs for Detroit.
It's rare for the Tigers to hold a confidence boost against any team. But this game should be a clear exception. Texas has been outscored by 44 runs during its six-game losing skid. The Rangers are one of the worst road teams in the majors having dropped 53 of their past 69 away contests.
The pitching matchup is Dane Dunning, 3-6 with a 4.22 ERA, versus Tarik Skubal, who is 5-8 with a 4.36 ERA. Skubal is a high strikeout pitcher with 105 K's in 88 2/3 innings. Detroit is 6-2 in Skubal's last eight starts. This is an action play for me, though, as I want to fade the Rangers at this low price.