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Tigers open up series in Tampa Bay

The Detroit Tigers will send 11-0 Max Scherzer to the mound on Friday night at Tropicana Field as they open up a three-game MLB betting series on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Scherzer is 11-0 with a 3.05 ERA through his 15 starts so far this season, with Detroit going 12-3 over those contests on the MLB odds at the sportsbooks. The Tigers and Rays met in Detroit for three games at the start of June, with Detroit going 2-1.

Alex Colome will get the ball for the Rays; Colome is 1-0 to date on the season.

View Detroit vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Rays in this matchup found them as +125 underdogs on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 8 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings:
The Rays sit at No. 5 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Tigers sit at an American League No. 1 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Tigers rank No. 1 in the American League at 10 hits per game. That compares with Tampa Bay’s No. 7 ranking in that category.

Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 9 defense, allowing 4.4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Detroit's American League No. 5-rated defense.

In their last action, Detroit was a 3-1 loser at home against the Angels. Bettors on Los Angeles at +142 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Detroit lost in extra innings against the Angels on Thursday as Los Angeles edged them 3-1 at Comerica Park.

Tampa Bay was a 3-0 loser in its last match at home against the Blue Jays. They lost as -114 favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors. Tampa Bay didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by R.A. Dickey in a losing cause, 3-0, against Toronto on Wednesday.

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing LA Angels are 2-8
After a loss are 7-3

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Tigers at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games
Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Tampa Bay's last 13 games when playing Detroit
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit

Next up:
Detroit at Tampa Bay, Saturday, June 29