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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers - 8/16/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays
Date & Time Friday August 16, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Tropicana Field
Tampa Bay, Florida
The Line
The Line: Detroit Tigers +243 / Tampa Bay Rays -294 -- Over/Under: 8
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The Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays meet Friday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.

The Detroit Tigers look for a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Tigers have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. The Detroit Tigers have lost 17 of their last 18 games when scoring three or less runs. Miguel Cabrera leads the Tigers with 110 hits and 48 RBI while Niko Goodrum and Brandon Dixon have combined for 177 hits and 87 RBI. Daniel Norris gets the ball, and he is 3-10 with a 4.94 ERA and 102 strikeouts this season. Norris is 1-2 with a 4.13 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 15 games. The Rays have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won 11 straight games when scoring four or more runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 113 hits and 51 RBI while Avisail Garcia and Austin Meadows have combined for 218 hits and 115 RBI. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he is 13-4 with a 2.90 ERA and 184 strikeouts this season. Morton is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.

The Tigers are 24-49 in their last 73 during game 1 of a series, 14-39 in their last 53 Friday games and 7-27 in Norris' last 34 starts. The Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 games following an off day, 5-1 in their last 6 overall and 6-2 in Morton's last 8 starts. The Tigers are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Rays last 5 overall. The under is 5-2-2 in Tigers last 9 road games.

Norris has allowed 40 hits and 22 earned runs in his last 34.2 innings, and he has a 4.71 ERA and .291 allowed batting average on the road. Morton has allowed 48 hits and 21 earned runs in his last 49 innings, and he has 2.75 ERA and .204 allowed batting average at home. Morton hasn't been as sharp as he was earlier in the year, but he's been consistent at home and the Rays have still won six of his last eight starts. The Rays are rested, are playing for a chance to host the wild card game, and the Tigers remain the worst team in baseball in terms of money burned this season. I'm taking the Rays and the RL, as I have no use in backing the Tigers. 

Tampa Bay Rays -1.5

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