Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers, 5-2-18 – Pick & Preview

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers, 5-2-18 – Pick & Preview

Tampa Bay Rays (12-14) vs Detroit Tigers (11-15)

Date : 05/02/2018
Time : 1:10 PM
Location : Comerica Park

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers return to Comerica Park for a 1:10 first pitch in where they will close out their 3 game home series against Ameican League for in the Tampa Bay Rays. After this series is completed these two teams will not meet again until 7/9 where Detroit will travel to Tampa Bay for a 3 game series.

Tampa Bay Rays's Latest Performance :

The Rays Are Better Than We Thought

The Tampa Bay Rays were able to beat up on the Boston Red Sox in a 3 game series as they took 2 games in convincing fashion which makes them winners of 8 of their last 10 games which has baseball fans wondering: Is this team better than we thought? The Tampa Bay Rays have been led all year by some new faces as C.J. Cron and Denard Span have contributed most of the offense for this ball club. C.J. Cron came over to Tampa Bay this previous offseason to replace Logan Morrison and he hasn’t disappointed as 5th-year 1B leads the Rays in HRs with 6 as well as contributed another 16 RBIs. Another guy who has blossomed with his new team is 11th-year veteran Denard Span who looks as young as he ever has as he leads this Tampa Bay ballclub in RBIs as Span is the lone Ray with over 20 RBIs as he has 21. Another bat that is a new face is Carlos Gomez who has 4 HRs on the season, but other than his HRs has struggled as he is batting .176 and leads the Rays in strikeouts with 39. The Rays also want to sharpen up the pitching end of things especially in closer Alex Colome who has 2 blown saves in the early going as well as an ERA of 6.00 and ace Chris Archer who has over a 6.61 ERA as he has given up 6 HRS.

Detroit Tigers's Latest Performance :

Old Guy Feeling Young

The Detroit Tigers put together a nice stretch of wins at the beginning of last week to find themselves towards the top of the AL Central, but the Tigers have found themselves back to their beginning of the year self where they trade wins with losses and find themselves back below .500. The Tigers are led by their 16-year veteran Miguel Cabrera who has been on an absolute tear over the last 7 games as he has accounted for most of his production. Cabrera leads the team in RBIs as he was the first Tiger to reach 20 on the young season as he currently has 21. Over the last 7 games, Cabrera has gone 11 for 26 (.423) from the plate to go along with 1 HR and 11 RBIs to help him enjoy a nice set of games. Nicholas Castellanos has also enjoyed a nice set of games as he has given the Tigers a lot more production over the last 7 games as he contributed 8 of his 17 RBIs of the season in this stretch. On the pitching end of things, the Tigers are led by 3rd-year starter Michael Fulmer as well as 13th-year starter Francisco Liriano as the duo has combined for an ERA of 3.07 and 43 strikeouts. The Tigers haven’t been as clean in the bullpen though as their bullpen has been a dumpster fire as the majority of the guys who see the bulk end of the innings have over a 4.45 ERA.

How Tampa Bay Rays & Detroit Tigers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Tampa Bay is 12-14, 6-7 on the road.

Detroit is 11-15, 6-7 at home.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Blake Snell (4-1, 2.52 ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Michael Fulmer (1-2, 2.76 ERA) for the Detroit Tigers.

Snell last started on 4/27 against the Red Sox where he went 7.1 innings with 9 strikeouts in a W.

Fulmer last started on 4/26 against the Pirates where he went 6 innings with 9 strikeouts in a ND.

Detroit and Tampa both rank in the bottom 15 in runs scored.

Detroit and Tampa both rank in the bottom 15 in team ERA.


Against The Spread Selection: Tampa Bay Rays

My reason for the pick :

The Tampa Bay Rays are hot as of recent and they have a great opportunity in front of them to continue their hot streak against a below average Detroit Tigers team. Lucky for the Rays they have their best guy on the mound who has been on point this season as Blake Snell looks really good. The Rays were able to beat up on the Red Sox this weekend as the only lost they endured was a 1 run game, and they will enter this game with all the confidence in the world. Tampa Bay wins on the road.

Betting trends for Tampa Bay Rays:

  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 against the AL Central this season.

  • The over is 9-2 as favorites this season.

Betting trends for Detroit Tigers:

  • Detroit is 7-13 with no rest this season.

  • The over is 5-2 as home underdogs this season.


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