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Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (20-19) at Detroit Tigers (19-22)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 4:10 pm (Comerica Park)

D Smyly (2-4) (3.44) vs. Michael Fulmer (2-1) (6.52)

The Line: Detroit Tigers +108 / Tampa Bay Rays -118 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, FSDT

At Comerica Park on Saturday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers will be picking up their weekend series.

This will be the second game of the set. In Friday’s opener, the Rays scored three runs in both the first and sixth innings on the way to a 7-5 victory. Detroit out-hit Tampa 11-8 on Friday.

Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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In Saturday’s game, the Rays will be going with left-hander Drew Smyly. In eight starts this season across a 2-4 record, Smyly has put up a 3.44 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP in 49.2 innings. On Monday in a big win over the Blue Jays, Smyly logged five innings of one-run ball on four walks and six strikeouts.

Tampa Bay has a deep lineup of great hitters at their disposal. Evan Longoria heads things up with 41 hits, seven homers and 23 runs. Steven Souza is also having a nice year on 37 hits, nine homers and 19 runs. Souza slapped a solo homer on Friday. Chris Dickerson has eight homers and 18 RBI, but is hitting just .188 on the season so far. That said, Dickerson managed an RBI and a run in Friday’s opener.

Over on the Tigers’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Michael Fulmer in the starting role. In his four starts and 2-1 record thus far, Fulmer has logged a 6.52 ERA with a 1.97 WHIP over 19.1 total innings. On Sunday against the Orioles in his most recent appearance, Fulmer took a no-decision on five runs (four earned) over 4.1 innings.

Detroit’s batting order is pretty top-heavy. Ian Kinsler leads the team on 54 hits with 38 runs, 10 homers and 24 RBI. Nick Castellanos isn’t too far back with his 49 hits, eight homers and 30 RBI. Miguel Cabrera is also looking good right now on 48 hits, 23 runs and 24 RBI. Cabrera was awesome on Friday with a 3-for-5 line that included a two-run homer and three RBI.

The Rays are 5-1 in their last six Saturday games, and 4-1 in Smyly’s last five road starts.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 2-6 in their last eight Saturday games, and 0-5 in their last five home games against a left-handed starter.

I’m not putting much faith in Fulmer these days, so I’ll give the edge here to the Rays. Smyly should be able to hold things down on the other side for a Tampa Bay victory.

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Tampa Bay Rays -118

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