Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers - 7/27/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (48-50) at Tampa Bay Rays (49-51)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 27, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
A Sanchez (10-7) (4.59) vs. N Karns (5-5) (3.47)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -117 / Detroit Tigers +107 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, SUNSports
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers face off on Monday at Tropicana Field for game one of their MLB series.
The Tampa Bay Rays have lost their last two games as they are watching their post-season hopes fade away. The Rays are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 25-29 at home, and they are 7.5 games behind the Yankees in the American League East. As a team the Rays are hitting .237 with Logan Forsythe hitting .283, Evan Longoria hitting .265, and Kevin Kiermaier hitting .247. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.56 with the starters at 3.40 and the bullpen at 3.81. For game one against the Tigers the Rays start Nathan Karns who has allowed 96 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out 103 over 109 innings for a 5-5 record and a 3.47 ERA.
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The Detroit Tigers are folding in the American League Central race but they are still in the mix for the American League Wildcard. The Tigers are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 23-22 on the road, and they are 12.5 games back in the NL Central. As a team the Tigers are hitting .278 with Jose Iglesias hitting .323, Yoesnis Cespedes hitting .287, and J.D. Martinez is hitting .287. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.30 with the starters at 4.47 and the bullpen at 3.97. For game one against the Rays the Tigers start Anibal Sanchez who has allowed 120 hits and 67 earned runs while striking out 115 over 131.1 innings for a 10-7 record and a 4.59 ERA.
Tampa Bay is 7-17 in their last 24 games, 2-8 as a favorite, and 1-4 in Karns’ last five starts. Detroit is 5-1 in game one of a series, 4-10 in their last 14 games as an underdog, and 8-0 in Sanchez’s last eight starts.
This one is a bit of a coin flip as Sanchez has been red hot but Karns has been a little more consistent and overall neither team instills a lot of confidence but while it is a lean I will take the Tigers.