Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/19/14
Detroit Tigers (66-56) at Tampa Bay Rays (61-63)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Max Scherzer (R) (14-4) (2.982) vs. Chris Archer (R) (8-6) (3.235)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +115 / Detroit Tigers -125 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, SunSports
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers face off on Tuesday at Tropicana Field for game one of their series.
The Tampa Bay Rays appear to be out of the post-season race barring a miracle but they have proved to be a team that never actually packs it in. The Rays are 28-34 at home, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and have lost their last two. As a team the Rays are hitting .252 with James Loney hitting .285, Matt Joyce hitting .281, and Ben Zobrist hitting .279. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.47 with both the starters and bullpen having identical ERA’s of 3.47. For game one against the Tigers the Rays start Chris Archer who has won four of his last five decisions. For the season Archer has allowed 131 hits and 52 earned runs while striking out 135 over 144.2 innings for an 8-6 record and a 3.24 ERA.
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The Detroit Tigers are fighting for a spot in the post-season as they have let their lead in the AL Central slip away. The Tigers are 33-27 on the road, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a loss on Sunday. As a team Detroit is hitting .273 with Victor Martinez hitting .326, Miguel Cabrera hitting .309, and Ian Kinselr hitting .282. As a team the Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.97 with the starters at 3.79 and the bullpen at 4.37. For game one at Tampa Bay the Tigers start max Scherzer who has looked a lt like the CY Young Award winner he was a year ago. For the season Scherzer has allowed 146 hits and 56 earned runs while striking out 196 over 169 innings for a 14-4 record and a 2.98 ERA.
Tampa Bay is 4-1 following an off day, 2-5 in their last seven home games, and 7-3 in Archer’s last 10 home starts against a team with a winning record. Detroit is 4-1 against a team with a losing record, 0-4 in their last four road games, and 42-16 in Scherzer’s last 58 starts. Detroit is 1-5 in their last six games against Tampa Bay.
The Rays have owned the Tigers and Archer has pitched well of late but Scherzer is better.
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