Rays at Tigers - 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 / Tampa Bay Rays --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit Tigers begin a three-game series Friday night at Comerica Park.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Rays allowed seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.62 and have won eight straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 40 hits, Steven Souza Jr. has 17 RBI and Corey Dickerson has eight home runs. Matt Andriese gets the nod, and he’s 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. Andriese is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and zero strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
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The Detroit Tigers look to build on their solid four-game winning streak. The Tigers have scored 23 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Detroit Tigers offense has been inconsistent this season but they have won 11 of their last 15 games when scoring more than three runs. Ian Kinsler leads Detroit with 53 hits, Nick Castellanos has 30 RBI and J.D. Martinez has eight home runs. Anibal Sanchez takes the hill, and he’s 3-4 with a 5.91 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. Sanchez is 2-3 with a 5.08 ERA and 34 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win and 7-16 in their last 23 games following an off day. The Tigers are 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win and 9-1 in Sanchezs last 10 home starts. The over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in Detroit.
The Tigers seemed to have found their groove lately and Sanchez usually pitches well at home. With the way the Tigers htting the ball the way they are at the moment, they should be able to get the job done here at home.