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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers Prediction and Betting Odds

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers Prediction and Betting Odds. The 67-69 Tampa Bay Rays are set to take on the 62-74 Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan today September 7, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 1:08 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Rays -130 / Tigers +110
O/U: 8.5 runs

Pitching Match Up
Tampa Bay: Drew Smyly (2-2, 3.11 ERA)
Detroit: Randy Wolf (0-3, 6.11 ERA

In their last games: The Rays lost to the New York Yankees 6-4 and the Tigers lost to the Cleveland Indians 4-0.

The Rays head into Detroit for the first game of a 3 game series. The 2-2 Drew Smyly goes for the Rays and the 0-3 Randy Wolf goes for the Tigers. The Rays open at -130 as the road favorite with a line sitting at 8.5 runs. Tampa Bay is 5-5 in their last 10 games and while they are, pretty much, out of the AL East race they are still in the Wild Card race 4.5 games out of the 2nd spot. Their pitching has been solid on the season ranking 8th in team ERA, but they only rank 8th in runs scored. The Tigers have lost 4 of their last 5 games and their playoff chances are slim and none 9.5 games out of the 2nd Wild Card spot. They are the opposite of the Rays, as they rank a solid 9th in runs scored, but 28th in team ERA.


Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams the Under record is 3-1-1.

The Rays have won 2 of 3 games facing the Tigers this season.

This season the Tigers are 31-37 at home and the Rays are 34-34 on the road.


Tampa Bay Rays: 67-69 SU / O/U 62-85 / Run Line W/L 74-62
Detroit Tigers: 62-74 SU / O/U 73-58 / Run Line W/L 62-74

Tampa Bay at Detroit Key Betting Trends

• TB is 1-4 in their last 5 games as a road favorite.
• TB is 9-4 in their last 13 vs. a team with a losing record.
• TB has an Over record of 6-2 in their last 8 games.
• DET is 2-7 in their last 9 home games.
• DET is 3-13 in their last 16 overall.
• DET has an Over record of 6-2 in their last 8 games.

Key Player Injuries

[P] 05/09/2015 – Alex Cobb 60-day DL (3/27), out for season ( Forearm )
[P] 04/29/2015 – Kirby Yates 15-day DL (4/29) ( Pectoral )
[P] 04/18/2015 – Jeff Beliveau 60-day DL (4/22), out for season ( Shoulder )
[C] 08/26/2015 – Curt Casali 15-day DL (8/25) ( Hamstring )
[CF] 08/27/2015 – Desmond Jennings 15-day DL (8/26) ( Knee )
[P] 08/21/2015 – Jake McGee 15-day DL (8/19) ( Knee )
[RF] 08/01/2015 – Steven Souza 15-day DL (8/2) ( Hand )

[P] 05/08/2015 – Joe Nathan 60-day DL (4/7), out for season ( Elbow )
[P] 08/20/2015 – Anibal Sanchez 15-day DL (8/20) ( Rotator Cuff )
[SS] 09/04/2015 – Jose Iglesias out indefinitely ( Finger )
[P] 08/20/2015 – Daniel Norris 15-day DL (8/20) ( Oblique )

Free MLB Prediction

Drew Smyly played for Detroit for the first 2 seasons of his career before being traded to the Rays last season. He missed 3 months this season with an injury and in his last start he did not give up any earned runs in 7 innings of work in a 11-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Tampa Bay has won 3 straight games when he has gotten the starting call. Since being called up from the minors last month Randy Wolf has made 3 starts and in those starts he has gotten 0 runs of support. In his last outing he was tagged up for 8 earned runs in only 3 innings of work in a 12-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

Drew Smyly is coming off a great start while Randy Wolf was less than stellar in his last outing, which is why I am taking the Rays in this one.


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