The Detroit Tigers rebuild is progressing nicely.
No, the Tigers haven't had the success that the Texas Rangers have this season, but the team's at a different phase of its team life cycle with a significantly smaller payroll. However, the Tigers can approach a nice milestone of reaching .500 on Monday, over 50 games into the season.
Detroit will send out Matthew Boyd to try and keep down one of the best offenses in baseball with the team's best pitcher this season Nathan Eovaldi on the bump.
It appears to be a pitching mismatch, but is there a way to bet on this one? Let's check out the odds:
Rangers vs. Tigers odds, run line and total
Rangers vs. Tigers prediction and pick
This is a tough matchup for Boyd, who is facing a Rangers team that is third in OPS against left handed pitching this season. The veteran southpaw has struggled to go deep into games with his inability to limit walks. Boyd is walking nearly four batters per nine innings and has pitched six or more innings just once this season.
Detroit's bullpen rates out right around MLB average but it may be a heavy workload for the unit with Boyd's inability to get through the lineup at least three times.
However, can the Tigers put some pressure on Eovaldi, who is putting up Cy Young like numbers? He is on a tear at the moment, but maybe its time to sell high after he has pitched at least seven innings in his last five outings. The Rangers bullpen is bottom five in terms of unit ERA, so the Tigers can plate some runs late in this one.
It's tough to trust Boyd in this matchup, but I believe it's the Tigers offense that can get across enough runs to push this total over.
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