Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (20-20) at Detroit Tigers (20-22)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Comerica Park)
C Archer (3-4) (4.38) vs. J Zimmermann (6-2) (2.45)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -105 / Tampa Bay Rays -105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, SunSports
The Tampa Bay Rays look to close out their visit with the Detroit Tigers on a winning note.
If the Tampa Bay Rays are going to challenge in the American League East their offense will have to produce consistently. The Rays had won four in a row before the Tigers put an end to the run win a 5-4 decision on Saturday. Rays starter Drew Smyly gave up three runs on seven hits including two homers over 6.1 frames to fall to 2-5 with Steven Geltz allowing two more runs in 2/3 of an inning. TB totaled six his and walked three times with Evan Longoria going solo while Brad Miller going 2-4 with a homer and a pair of RBI’s. Chris Archer looks for consecutive victories when he toes the rubber at Detroit on Sunday. Archer comes off of a 12-2 win at Toronto with both runs allowed on four hits and four BB over six innings.
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The Detroit Tigers are trying to keep themselves in the American League Central race which means avoiding losing streaks. The Tigers stayed hot with Saturday’s win being their 5th in six contests behind solid starting pitching and a few long balls. Tigers starter Michael Fulmer served up a solo homer over seven innings and struck out eleven to improve to 3-1 before Justin Wilson gave up three runs to make things interesting. JD Martinez smacked a two run homer with James McCann going deep and driving in two while Cameron Maybin went solo and scored twice. The Tigers are scheduled to send Jordan Zimmermann to the mound to oppose Tampa Bay. Zimmermann is coming off his worse start since last season with eight runs allowed on eleven hits in seven frames of a 10-8 loss to Minnesota.
The over is 7-2 in Archer’s last 9 road starts and is 10-3 in Archer’s last 13 starts on grass while Tampa Bay are 2-6 in Archer’s last 8 road starts. Detroit are 5-15 in their last 20 Sunday games and the over is 19-7 in Detroit’s last 26 Sunday games while the over is 18-7-1 in their last 26 overall. This might be better to watch then bet but…