Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/20/14
Detroit Tigers (67-56) at Tampa Bay Rays (61-64)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Rick Porcello (R) (13-7) (3.324) vs. Jake Odorizzi (R) (9-9) (3.818)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -128 / Detroit Tigers +118 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-DET, Sun Sports
The Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays play game two of their three-game series Wednesday night.
The Detroit Tigers have split their last eight games and remain 11 games above .500. While the win total has been up and down lately, the Tigers have produced four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Tigers have won nine of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs, Victor Martinez has 13 hits in his last 10 games and Miguel Cabrera has 13 hits in his last nine games. The Detroit Tigers have an ERA of 3.97, which is 22nd in the majors. Rick Porcello takes the hill, and he’s 13-8 with a 3.28 ERA and has 96 strikeouts in 156.1 innings. Porcello is 2-3 with a 3.96 ERA in six career starts against the Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays have split their last six games and are three games below .500. While the Rays continue to struggle turning the corner, their pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in 12 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.46, which is eighth in the majors, and they’ve won seven of their last 10 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria has an eight-game hitting streak and James Loney has homered twice in his last four games. Starting is Jake Odorizzi, who is 9-9 with a 3.28 ERA and has 146 strikeouts in 129.2 innings. This is Odorizzi’s first career game against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 9-2 in Porcellos last 11 starts during game 2 of a series and 1-4 in Porcellos last 5 starts overall. The Rays are 2-6 in Odorizzis last 8 starts during game 2 of a series and 5-1 in Odorizzis last 6 starts overall.
Odorizzi has been in a different zone in his last several starts. It's hard to bet against the Rays in this spot. Look for Tampa to bounce back at home.