The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers take the spotlight this week on Sunday Night Baseball.
Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers (-115, 9)
FISTING FOR VICTORIES
Doug Fister has been stellar for the Tigers, going 5-1 with a 3.06 ERA on the year. He'll face a Texas team that hit him up for nine runs over 4 1/3 innings in their only meeting last year. The righty has made four road starts this season and he's 1-1 in those games. He got shelled in Washington in the shortest start of his career giving up five runs and eight hits in three innings. Fister has benefited from seeing Houston in two of his last three starts, snagging a victory at home and a no-decision on the road.
HOLLAND TUNNEL IN TEXAS
Derek Holland is 3-2 with a 2.93 ERA this season. He has pitched well in May going 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA. The southpaw hasn't had many problems pitching at home this year, going 1-1 with a 1.57 ERA in three starts there. Holland has shown incredible control walking just three batters in his last four starts. Last year he picked up a no-decision against the Tigers after giving up one run and three hits while striking out nine in a 2-1 Rangers victory.
The Tigers are almost completely healthy as a team. They are without Austin Jackson, who is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring and Octavio Dotel, who is dealing with right elbow inflammation. The list is a bit longer for the Rangers. Their lineup is relatively intact as AJ Pierzynski is dealing with a strained right oblique muscle. He will return hopefully on Tuesday for their game against the Athletics. The Texas pitching staff is a different story. Matt Harrison, Alexi Ogando, Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz are all out of the rotation while Joakim Soria has not pitched yet out of the team's bullpen. Those pitchers are expected to be back at varying times between May and August.
Tigers are 50-22 in their last 72 Sunday games
Tigers are 6-2 in Fister's last eight starts
Rangers are 37-18 in their last 55 Sunday games
Rangers are 35-16 in Holland’s last 51 home starts
HITTERS TO WATCH
Torii Hunter 10-for-34 vs. Holland
Miguel Cabrera 0-for-5 vs. Holland
Elvis Andrus 4-for-22 vs. Fister
Nelson Cruz 7-for-16 vs. Fister