Baseball odds preview - Detroit vs. Tampa Bay
Detroit Tigers vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds
The visiting Tigers hope for a solid performance on Thursday as they look to steal a win at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The match puts starter Doug Fister for the Tigers on the hill facing Jeremy Hellickson for the Rays. Fister brings a 5-13 mark to the game, while Hellickson is 11-8 to date on the season.
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Tampa Bay sat as -150 favorites. The total was set at 8.
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 10-rated Tigers taking on the American League's No. 8-rated Rays in this contest.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Tampa Bay's American League No. 8-ranked scoring average of 4.2 runs per game, against a Tigers offense rated No. 5 and scoring 4.5 runs per game in the league. The Rays have averaged 8.3 hits per game to date this season, less than the Tigers hitters have managed (9.2 per nine innings).
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Tampa Bay has the American League's No. 2-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Tigers own the American League's No. 10 mark in runs allowed.
Last time out for Detroit, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -107 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Detroit lost in extra innings against the Rays on Wednesday as Tampa Bay edged them 3-2 at Tropicana Field.
Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Minnesota are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4
Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 6-4
After a win are 8-2
A few Tigers at Rays trends to consider:
Detroit is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 8 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Detroit is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
Tampa Bay is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games when playing at home against Detroit
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Detroit
Detroit at Minnesota, Friday, August 26
Tampa Bay at Toronto, Friday, August 26