Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/3/14
Tampa Bay Rays (37-49) at Detroit Tigers (46-34)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Erik Bedard (L) (4-5) (4.457) vs. Max Scherzer (R) (9-3) (3.638)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -172 / Tampa Bay Rays +162 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, FSN-DET
The Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit Tigers begin a four-game series on Thursday night.
Don’t look now, but the Rays have won seven of their last eight games and are looking to finish the first half of the season even stronger. The Rays pitching has allowed three or less runs in five of their last eight games, while the offense produced 12 runs in a three-game sweep over the New York Yankees. The Rays have the 16th best ERA at 3.84, while James Loney has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Matt Joyce has five RBI in his last three games. Erik Bedard gets the nod, and he’s 4-5 with a 4.21 ERA and has 64 strikeouts in 72.2 innings. Bedard is 2-3 with a 4.07 ERA in eight career games against the Tigers.
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The Tigers have won 11 of their last 13 games and are 13 games above .500. The Tigers have scored four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games and have won nine of their last 10 games when that’s the case. Miguel Cabrera has 10 hits in as many games and Ian Kinsler has 18 hits in his last 10 games. Pitching wise, the Tigers have the 22nd best ERA at 4.00. Max Scherzer takes the hill, and he’s 9-3 with a 3.64 ERA and has 132 strikeouts in 111.1 innings. Scherzer is 3-2 with a 2.87 ERA in six career starts against the Rays.
The Rays are 4-1 in Bedards last 5 starts and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League Central. The Tigers are 40-11 in Scherzers last 51 home starts and 10-4 in Scherzers last 14 starts vs. American League East. The Rays are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Detroit.
There's no value in taking the Tigers in this spot, but the Rays are playing solid ball lately. Sure, Detroit should win this game, but I have no problem putting a few dollars on Tampa with the way they've been playing over the last week. It's worth a shot given the value.