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Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays Free Preview 07/11/18

The streaking Tampa Bay Rays will go for their fifth consecutive victory when they play host to the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Sun will be airing this AL matchup.

Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds

The Tigers have gone 40-54 SU this year and are 50-43 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 0.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline, despite having lost 1.1 units ATS. Detroit is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Rays, on the other hand, are 47-44 SU and 52-38 ATS. The team has gained 8.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 13.7 units ATS. Tampa Bay has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

Rays games have an over/under record of 37-50-3 so far in 2018. Tigers games have gone under 53 times, gone over 37 times and pushed on three instances.

Jordan Zimmermann will get the nod for the visiting Tigers. The right-handed Zimmermann is 4-0 with a 3.51 ERA and 56 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with five strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Tampa Bay this year.

The Rays will put the ball in the right hand of Hunter Wood (0-0, 2.00 ERA), who has five strikeouts and three walks as well as a 0.89 WHIP. Wood is 0-0 with two strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Detroit this year.

As a unit, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 3.8 runs per game overall this year. The team’s starters have a 3.63 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.48 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 8.0 K/9.

The Tampa Bay offense has put up 4.0 runs per contest, including 4.7 per game over its last 10 games and 5.6 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .263/.365/.463 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Rays’ batters have been led by third baseman Matt Duffy and catcher Wilson Ramos. Duffy is hitting .307/.362/.409 with four home runs, 25 RBIs and 29 runs scored, and Ramos is batting .291 with 14 homers, 51 RBIs and 29 runs scored.

For the visiting squad, Detroit’s pitching staff allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.33 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 7.37 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.51, along with a K/9 of 7.99.

Tigers hitters have slashed .248/.308/.388 on their way to 4.0 runs scored per game this season, including 4.3 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Right fielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias continue to lead Detroit’s offense. Castellanos is hitting .306/.359/.523 with 15 home runs, 56 RBIs and 53 runs scored. Iglesias (.272/.311/.380) has produced two homers, 34 RBIs, 29 runs and 12 stolen bases.

The Tigers have lost 9.8 units and are 34-35 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 25 of those games, compared to 42 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Rays have netted 0.7 units and are 33-27 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 27 of those games, as opposed to 31 which went under the total.

Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Rays, ATS Winner – Tigers, O/U – OVER

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Betting Notes

Detroit has recorded 11 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Tampa Bay has 21 XBH over its last five.

Both teams have launched eight home runs over their last 10 outings.

Tampa Bay has posted 23.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 24.0 over its last five.


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