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Jeremy Hellickson out to silence Tigers bats in MLB contest

Detroit TigersTampa Bay Rays
June 30, 1:40 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Detroit Tigers vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Detroit Tigers invade Tropicana Field on Sunday.

Rick Porcello gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Tigers on this day; he's 4-5 on the season. The Rays, meanwhile, will counter with Jeremy Hellickson, who will be looking to improve on his 6-3 mark.

View Detroit vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Tigers were listed as 100 favorites on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 8.5 before betting started earlier on Monday over at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Rays, most recently No. 5 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Tigers, who rate an American League No. 1 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tampa Bay has the American League's No. 7-rated offensive output, at 8.7 hits per game. The Tigers average 10 hits per game, good for No. 1 on the American League list.

Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 8 defense, allowing 4.4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Detroit's American League No. 5-rated defense.

Detroit lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Rays on June 29. Bettors who backed the Rays at +131 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Detroit lost a tight one on Saturday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 4-3 score against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Houston are 7-3
After playing Detroit are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

A few Tigers at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Detroit's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Detroit's last 9 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 8 games
Detroit is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Tampa Bay's last 15 games when playing Detroit

Next up:
Detroit at Toronto, Monday, July 1
Tampa Bay at Houston, Monday, July 1