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The American League West takes their turn against AL Central on Monday night as the Texas Rangers enter Comerica Park to face the Detroit Tigers for a four-game series. The Rangers come from a series loss to the Blue Jays, while the Tigers won their series against the Twins. For Monday night’s competition, Texas will have the right hand Kyle Gibson starts while Detroit gives the ball to the right hand Casey Mize to start.
Can they win?
You will not find a more inconsistent team than Texas this season as they have swung so wildly in both directions that it is really impossible to tell how they will play from series to series. After beating Oakland on July 1, the Rangers had won six of their next eight games before losing seven of their next 10. They are now 4-7 in July, including a current losing streak of five games. Kl. 35-58, Texas has the second worst record in the AL and is 20.5 games out of first.
The only thing the Rangers have for them is Kyle Gibson, who has been a true ace to them throughout the season. Overall, Gibson is 6-1 with an impressive 2.27 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over 17 starts. He leads Rangers’ pitching staff in the ERA, innings pitched (102), and strikeouts (88) and is second in wins. In his eight starts at home, Gibson has set a 2.93 ERA, and in his two starts in July, he has struggled a bit with a 4.50 ERA over 12 innings.
Return of favor
Just before the All-Star Break, Detroit was swept by Minnesota at Target Field in a four-game series, where they created their three-game series in Detroit last weekend. The Tigers returned the favor by sweeping the twins, including a double-headed sweep on Saturday. For more perspective, Detroit Minnesota held only four runs over three games over the weekend, an impressive feat considering the Twins are fourth in the Majors in home races this year (130).
Mize has had a solid season this year, though he has not thrown more than four innings in his last two outings. In fact, in early July two, Mize has thrown seven innings combined, but has allowed four runs, giving him a 5.14 ERA so far this month. On the season, Mize has an ERA of 3.58 across 17 starts, but in his only start against the Twins this season, he only gave up a run through four innings on opening day. He has been good in night fights, going 4-3 and having a 3.31 ERA over 10 starts this season.
The Tigers are 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The Tigers are 5-1 in their last 6 games with the overall set between 7.0-8.5.
Rangers are 0-5 in their last five games. Rangers are 2-12 in their last 14 games as road favorites.