Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (19-19) at Detroit Tigers (19-21)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
M Andriese (2-0) (0.56) vs. A Sanchez (3-4) (5.91)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -109 / Tampa Bay Rays +101 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, FSDT
Friday evening in the MLB, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers will be kicking off their weekend series at Comerica Park.
The Rays just finished up an early-week series in Toronto. Tampa Bay swept the three-game set, winning the first two games by a combined 25-4 score. Wednesday’s matchup was a little more modest at 6-3.
As for the Tigers, they tangled with the Twins this week. Detroit won all three of those games as well by a combined 23-13. The Tigers have won four straight after dropping four in a row.
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On Friday, the Rays will be rolling with right-hander Matt Andriese in the starting role. Over his two starts and 2-0 record this year, Andriese is cruising on a 0.56 ERA and a 0.56 WHIP across 16 innings of work. On Saturday against the Athletics, Andriese baffled the opposition on a complete-game, two-hit shutout.
Tampa Bay boasts a pretty capable batting order. Evan Longoria has 40 hits with seven homers and 19 RBI to his credit. Steven Souza has 35 hits with eight homers and 17 RBI. Chris Dickerson also has eight home runs, but is struggling with his .186 BA so far this season.
Over on the Tigers’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Anibal Sanchez take the hill Friday. Sanchez has been a little rocky this year over his eight starts, with a 5.91 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP over 42.2 innings for a 3-4 record. Sanchez allowed four runs through six innings of work in his last appearance Saturday, a loss to the Orioles.
The Detroit batting order is pretty top-heavy, but a solid bunch overall. Ian Kinsler leads the team with 53 hits, 37 runs, 10 homers and 24 RBI. Nick Castellanos has a team-high 30 RBI on 49 hits with 19 runs and eight homers. Miguel Cabrera is also playing well with 45 hits, 21 runs, six homers and 21 RBI for a .298 batting average.
The Rays are 1-7 in their last eight Friday games, but 5-0 in Andriese’s last five starts against a team with a losing record.
As for the Tigers, they’re 1-4 in their last five game ones of a series, and 1-5 in Sanchez’s last six starts.
Considering how well Andriese is pitching, I’m going with the Rays here. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the under come in, either.
The official line isn't out for this one quite yet, but I'll update once it's available.