Detroit (Fulmer) at Texas (Moore) -110 O/U 9.5
Short card tonight in MLB but not short in opportunities including this one. Tigers begin a three game set in Arlington fresh off an unproductive four game series in Kansas City where they lost three and also developed a widespread case of clubhouse flu symptoms. Already down hot hitting offensive leader Miguel Cabrera, Detroit’s second best threat Nick Castellanos was relegated to pinch-hitting duties because of the flu yesterday. Along with that, third baseman and #2 hitter Jeimer Candelario was out due to a jammed thumb and today it’s being reported by the Dallas Morning News that SS Jose Iglesias could miss tonight’s game due to an ankle injury. All added up, that’s Detroit’s 2-4 hitters plus their best defensive player who could all be out tonight. One look at yesterday’s lineup shows how shaky the Tigers are on offense right now. They only scored seven runs in the three games after Cabrera went down this weekend and over their last 12 games they’ve been held to three or less 10 times. That should bode well for Texas' Matt Moore tonight but Moore has been a complete train wreck this season posting a 1-4 mark with a 7.94 ERA as a starter along with a 1.94 WHIP. He has faced some tough lineups but in five of his six starts he’s lasted five innings or less while averaging 20.35 pitches per inning. Money has come in on Moore tonight but would rather lean toward the “under” on the premise that Michael Fulmer can keep the Rangers lineup quiet tonight. Fulmer has now thrown three consecutive quality starts and his current form combined with the Tigers injury plagued lineup figures to be recipe for a low scoring game. Detroit is 2-9 O/U in its last 11 games and Fulmer is 1-5 O/U in his six starts.