Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers Betting Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays will head north to take on the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Fox Sports Sun will be airing this AL showdown. The game is slated to get going at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers Odds

Detroit (+110) is the underdog against Tampa Bay (-120) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this game at nine runs (-120 for the over and +100 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the runline odds standing at +125 for the Rays -1.5 runs and -145 for the Tigers +1.5.

The Tigers are 11-15 SU and 13-12 ATS. They’ve lost 1.8 units for moneyline bettors while earning 0.1 units against the spread (ATS). Detroit has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total went over in five of those seven. On the other hand, the Rays have gone 12-14 SU this year and are 15-10 ATS. In total, the teams lost 0.3 units for gamblers taking the moneyline over the early part of the year, but have gained 5.6 units ATS. Tampa Bay has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in six of those seven.

Detroit games have an over/under record of 12-13 so far in 2018. The Rays have been a decent over bet with a total record of 17-8.

Jake Faria will get the nod for the visiting Rays. The right-handed Faria is 1-1 with a 6.33 ERA and 20 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Tigers this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 1.29 ERA and nine strikeouts over seven innings).

The Tigers are sending righty Jordan Zimmermann (1-0, 7.91 ERA) to the mound. Zimmermann has 22 strikeouts and five walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.71. Zimmermann only made one start against the Rays in 2017 (0-0, 7.50 ERA and four strikeouts across six innings).

Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 5.0 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.58 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 8.95 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.85, along with a WHIP of 1.31 and a K/9 of 8.69.

The Rays offense has slashed .271/.342/.422 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game this season, including 6.8 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 7.2 per game over the teams last five outings (4-1 SU).

Tampa Bay’s hitters have been powered by second baseman Daniel Robertson and second baseman Joey Wendle. Robertson is slashing .355/.500/.597 with 22 hits, eight RBIs and 14 runs scored, while Wendle (.348/.410/.522) is up to 24 hits, nine RBIs and 13 runs scored.

For the home team, Detroit’s pitchers have allowed 4.8 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have an ERA of 4.10, a WHIP of 1.29 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.0. The bullpen has a 4.67 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 8.1 K/9.

The Detroit offense has put up 4.7 runs per outing, including 5.0 per game over its last 10 games and 3.0 per game over its last five. The team has hit .224/.279/.376 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

The Tigers hitters have been led by first baseman Miguel Cabrera and third baseman Jeimer Candelario. Cabrera is slashing .326/.413/.528 with three home runs, 21 RBIs and 13 runs scored, while Candelario’s line sits at .282/.362/.524 with four homers, 12 RBIs and 16 runs scored.

Compared to his overall season slash line of .249/.329/.397, Cabrera performed well at home last season, slashing .288/.340/.489 over 250 plate appearances.

The Rays have lost 1.8 units and are 7-8 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 11 of those games, compared to four that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Tigers have lost 0.1 units and are 12-10 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs cashed in nine of those games, compared to 13 that went under.

Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • Detroit has posted 23.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 18.2 over its last five.
  • The Rays have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.