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Detroit TigersTampa Bay Rays
Aug 22, 7:10 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Detroit Tigers vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays battle the visiting Detroit Tigers on Monday in MLB betting action at Tropicana Field.

The match puts starter Justin Verlander for the Tigers on the hill facing Jeff Niemann for the Rays. Verlander brings a 18-5 mark to the game, while Niemann is 8-4 to date on the season.

View Detroit vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Tampa Bay sat as +130 underdogs. The total was set at 7.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 8-rated Rays and the league No. 10-ranked Tigers, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 7 ranked American League offense (4.3 runs per game) against a Tigers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 11 in the American League at 4.5 runs allowed per game. The Rays have been averaging 8.3 hits per game, less than the Tigers have managed so far this season (9.2 hits on average).

Defensively, Detroit features the American League's No. 11-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.6 runs per game. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 in the American League at home, scoring 3.6 runs per game.

Detroit won its last outing, an 8-7 result against the Indians on August 21. Bettors who backed the Tigers at -109 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (15) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Detroit rolled to an 8-7 win against Cleveland on Sunday, as Rick Porcello and the Tigers' bats led the team to victory at Comerica Park.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, an 8-7 result against the Mariners on August 21. Bettors who backed the Rays at -200 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (15) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Rays grabbed a win last time out, defeating Michael Pineda and the Mariners 8-7 on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After playing Cleveland are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 8-2
After playing Seattle are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

A few Tigers at Rays trends to consider:
Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 8 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit

Next up:
Detroit at Tampa Bay, Tuesday, August 23

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