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MLB Pick: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays

The Detroit Tigers are in Tampa Bay tonight for the second game of a four game series with the Rays. The Tigers had a huge comeback in yesterdays game scoring 8 runs in the top of the 9th inning for a 10-7 win.

Head to Head Trends

Tigers are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Under is 16-5-2 in the last 23 meetings in Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Rays (-110)

Rays win againThe Tampa Bay Rays are last in the American League East 12 games under .500 and 14 games out of 1st place. The Rays have struggled most of the season but especially of late losing 13 of their last 15 games. The Rays don’t really do anything all that well they are averaging just 4.12 runs per game on offense and allowing 4.60 runs per game on defense.

Starting for the Rays tonight is lefty Drew Smyly who is 2-8 with a 5.32 ERA on the season. Smyly has some good stuff he has 100 strikeouts versus just 20 walks but the long ball has been his major problem this season allowing 19 homeruns in just 89 innings of work.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends

Rays are 2-13 in their last 15 overall.
Rays are 1-4 in Smylys last 5 starts with 4 days of rest.

Detroit Tigers (-110)

The Detroit Tigers are 3rd in the American League Central 7.5 games back of the 1st place Cleveland Indians. The Tigers have a solid offense averaging 4.86 runs per game but their pitching isn’t the greatest allowing 4.86 runs per game. Their usual crappy bullpen has however been pitching much better of late with just a 1.88 ERA over their last 10 games.

On the hill for the Tigers in this one is rookie Michael Fulmer who is 7-2 with a 2.40 ERA in 11 starts this season. Fulmer got off to a bit of a rough start getting hit hard in his first 4 starts but he has been lights out ever since allowing just 3 earned runs over his last 7 starts.

Detroit Tigers Trends

Tigers are 7-3 in their last 10 overall.
Tigers are 8-1 in Fulmers last 9 starts.

Game Pick Summary

I’m going with the Detroit Tigers over the Rays in this one and I’m betting it at BetOnline. I think the Tigers are just the much better team overall here. They have the better offense and they also have the edge in starting pitching. Something that I also like that gets overlooked a lot is the bullpens. The Tigers bullpen has a 1.88 ERA over their last 10 games while the Rays bullpen has a 10.59 ERA over their last 10 games.

Free Pick: Detroit Tigers -110


Dean kicks ass at giving simple easy to read sports picks and includes the recent stats on both teams. He specializes in NHL and MLB, but also does NBA and Golf picks.

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