Corey Seager will be looking to extend his 18-game on-base streak as the Texas Rangers (49-31) host the Detroit Tigers (34-45) at Globe Life Field on Thursday with the visitors eyeing a split of the four-game series.
The Rangers lead the series 2-1 after winning 10-2 on Wednesday, their fourth head-to-head victory in six games this season. Starter Dane Dunning got the win, giving up two runs on four hits over 8.2 innings and striking out 10.
Adolis Garcia went 3 for 5 with a home run and a double in the win. He scored two runs and had three RBIs. Ezequiel Duran added a home run and two RBIs. Kerry Carpenter was 1 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs for the Tigers.
ON THE MOUND
For Texas, RHP Jon Gray (6-3, 2.89 ERA) gets the start. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Tigers. Gray made one start against the Tigers in 2022, throwing seven innings in a 7-0 road win on June 17.
He gave up five hits while striking out six in the win. In his last start on Saturday, Gray took the loss on the road against the Yankees. He threw five innings and gave up one run on three hits, striking out four and walking two in the 1-0 defeat.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Detroit has averaged 3.6 runs a game, a small drop compared to their season average of 3.7. Against righties like Gray this season, the Tigers have a .650 OPS, second lowest in the league.
Riley Greene has the team’s best on-base percentage against right-handers at .370 over 209 at-bats. Texas is averaging only 4.6 runs per game in the last five, down from 6.0 for the season, despite a better slash line (.300/.367/.506).
HOME AND AWAY
Detroit is 16-24 away from Comerica Park in 2023, scoring 3.5 runs per game while allowing 4.5 runs. Texas has gone 26-14 at home this season, averaging 6.4 runs per game while surrendering 4.2. Detroit is 5-4 in nine games between the teams at Globe Life Field with an average scoreline of 6.1-5.9.
The Tigers are third in the AL Central, five games behind the division-leading Guardians. The Rangers lead the AL West by six games over the Astros.
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