Visit 888.com Today! As a new full week of Major League Baseball action begins, one of the top games for Monday April 11th, 2011 is the Detroit Tigers hosting the Texas Rangers. The Tigers are out of the American League Central, and currently are 3-5; which is tied for last place in the division. The Rangers, after winning the American League title last season, only to lose to the Giants in the World Series, have started the season winning seven of their first eight. The Rangers are currently in first place in the American League West.
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Detroit boasts one of the top offensive players in the game. Miguel Cabrera, fresh off his monster year last season has started the season with 3 homeruns and 7 runs batted in. The Tigers as a team are batting .264, with 38 runs scored. The Tigers will send right hander Justin Verlander to the mound. Verlander has pitched 14 innings thus far in 2011, allowing 7 hits and 6 runs, picking up a 1-0 record. In his career, Verlander holds a 84-52 record, and a 3.81 earned run average. Verlander was a key for the Tigers when they won the 2006 American League title.
The Texas Rangers start Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles with a 7-1 record. Texas is batting .281, and has scored 55 runs, which is third in all of Major League Baseball. The top hitter for the Rangers so far has been Nelson Cruz, who is not only batting .360, but has hit 5 homeruns and drove in 10 runs. Texas is currently leading the Los Angeles Angels by three games in the American League West. Texas will send youngster Alexi Ogando to the mound. Ogando is 27 years old and a right handed pitcher. The youngster pitched six innings against the Mariners on April 5th, allowing just two hits and no runs in the win. Ogando holds a 5-1 career record as a major league baseball pitcher.
Baseball betting is a difficult thing to do. Each day is different, and games like this where a veteran pitcher like Verlander goes against an unproven rookie would lead bettors to believe the Tigers should win this game. Offenses can go silent quick, or break out for a ton of runs. The Tigers are the favorites in this game, due to their veteran pitcher going against a youngster. We look for this game to stay relatively low scoring, despite the offenses that both teams boast. We like the Detroit Tigers to win this game. We are betting Detroit -140.
Our pick: Detroit Tigers -140