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2021 MLB Handicapping
(70-76) Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays (90-56)
Date: Thursday, September 16th, 2021
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Projected Pitchers: Tyler Alexander (DET) vs. Louis Head (TB)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Tigers +190 | Rays -210
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Rays -1.5 (-160)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 8
The Tampa Bay Rays hope to strike even in their second series run-in with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
It won’t be easy considering the run the Tigers have been on as of late. After upsetting the Rays, they swept the Milwaukee Brewers in a two-game meeting at Comerica Park. Meanwhile, the Rays dropped their second straight series to the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Detroit Tigers are only 7 games below .500 mid-way into the month of September after finishing with a .397 winning percentage in 2020 and .292 in 2019. The team has continued to fight throughout the season even with playoff hopes non-existent which is a good sign for the rebuilding franchise.
The Tigers have improved at the plate as Detroit is 12th in team batting average at .242, 20th in slugging percentage at .402 and have produced the 18th most runs with 634.
On the mound, Detroit is 19th in team ERA at 4.43, 22nd in WHIP at 1.37 and opposing hitters are averaging .253 at the plate against Tigers pitching which is good for 23rd best in baseball.
2B Jonathan Scoop has been an offensive catalyst for the Tigers and leads the team with 77 RBIs, 157 hits and a batting average of .280.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays have 17 games remaining in the regular season and with their victory over Toronto on Tuesday extended their lead at the top of American League East to 9 games.
Tampa Bay has been carried by its pitching staff this season. The Rays have a team ERA of 3.78 which is seventh best in baseball, a 1.20 WHIP which is fourth-best and opposing hitters are averaging only .237 at the plate against Rays pitching which is 11th best.
Austin Meadows has 99 RBIs to lead Tampa Bay but close behind is Brandon Lowe with 85 RBIs and a team-best 34 home runs.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Tigers are 70-76 overall
- Tigers are 31-40 on the road
- Rays are 90-56 overall
- Rays are 45-26 at home
Free Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction:
Tyler Alexander will be coming into this game looking for a little déjà vu after lending a helping hand to the Tigers in a series-opening victory over the Rays last weekend.
The Rays have clearly taken their foot off the gas with the team being comfortably ahead in the AL East divisional rankings. Not only did they just lose a weekend series to the Tigers, but they’re also coming off a series loss to the Toronto Blue Jays as well.
Tampa Bay is clearly one of the best teams in the American League, but they’re only averaging 5.33 hits and 3.33 runs in their last 3 games.
No, it hasn’t all been perfect on the mound for Detroit, but it won’t have to be because the bats will come through for the Tigers in this game.
I’m taking the Tigers to pull the road upset on Thursday.
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