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Rays open road series against Tigers

The Tampa Bay Rays will send undefeated Matt Moore to the mound on Tuesday night as they open up a three-game MLB betting set on the road against Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers.

Moore is 8-0 with a 2.18 ERA on the season, and the Rays have only lost one of the lefthander's 11 starts so far in 2013. Tampa Bay is just 3-7 over its 10 most recent games against Detroit, with the OVER/UNDER going 0-8-2 in those 10 contests.

For the Tigers, Anibal Sanchez gets the ball, charged with keeping the Rays hitters off the base paths.

View Tampa Bay vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers, including 5Dimes, opened the Tigers as -139 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 7.5 at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 1-ranked Tigers and the American League No. 4-rated Rays in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 1-rated American League offense, averaging 5.2 runs per game, against a Rays defense that ranks No. 9 in the American League at 4.5 in runs allowed per game. The Tigers have averaged 10.1 hits per game so far, more than Rays batters have averaged on the year (8.8 hits per game).

Detroit owns the American League's No. 4 defense, allowing 4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Tampa Bay's American League No. 9-rated defense.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 11-3 result against the Indians on June 2. Bettors who backed the Rays at -104 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (14) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Tampa Bay looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Indians, a 11-3 final on Sunday in support of Jeremy Hellickson at Progressive Field.

Last time out for Detroit, they were a 4-2 loser as they battled the Orioles on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Orioles at +104 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Detroit looks to rebound from a loss to the Orioles, who beat them 4-2 on Sunday behind a start from Kevin Gausman at Camden Yards.

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

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Baltimore are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Rays at Tigers trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 10 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games on the road
Detroit is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games at home
Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Detroit's last 10 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Detroit, Wednesday, June 5