Joe D'Amico's ESPN GAME OF THE MONTH
Detroit vs. Texas,
06/27/2012 20:05 EDT,
Score: 9 - 13
Money Line: -136 Texas
Today's winner is Texas over Detroit. This is my ESPN Game of the Month.
Texas has won 12 of their L15 due to their #1 offense and their top 10 pitching and defense. The Rangers are averaging 5.27 RPG on the Team BA of .282, an OPS of .802, stealing 58 bases, and smashing 95 HRs. The lineup consists of five sluggers batting over .300. Josh Hamilton took Detroit pitchers over the fence each of the two games in this series to bring his total up to 24 round trippers and tie him for the Major League lead with Jose Bautista. Today, Roy Oswalt takes the mound. The RH is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA. The 34 year old has the experience and knowledge to take down any lineup. Detroit is a middle tier team. The Tigers are in 3rd place in the AL Central at 36-38. They do well against poor teams but lose when facing solid squads. The offense has talent but falls short when it comes to consistency. Prince Fielder's kryptonite is Roy Oswalt. The slugger has just 5 hits and 9 Ks in 36 ABs against Oswalt. Detroit has Doug Fister starting here. The RH is 1-4 with a 2.72 mark on the season, including an 0-3 road record. In his 5 road starts, the team is 0-5 behind him. The Tigers are 1-5 their L6 games played at the Rangers and 1-6 in Fisters L7 overall starts. The Rangers are 36-16 their L52 games played at home and 6-1 their L7 games played vs. RH starters. Take Texas. Thank you.