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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers - 8/17/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays
Date & Time Saturday August 17, 2019, 6:10 PM (EDT)
Tropicana Field
Tampa Bay, Florida
The Line
Tampa Bay Rays -280 / Detroit Tigers +255 O/U: 8.5
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The Detroit Tigers and the Tampa Bay Rays will meet up on the MLB diamond Saturday to continue their series.

In the Friday opener, the Tigers scratched out a 2-0 victory, scoring a run in the fourth and eighth innings.

For Saturday’s game, the Tigers will roll out Jordan Zimmerman off the IL. This year Zimmerman is 1-8 with a 7.18 ERA and 52 Ks.

The Tigers mustered up six hits on Friday. Travis Demeritte logged two knocks and a run there.

Over on the Rays’ side, they’re going with Ryan Yarbrough on Saturday to start. Over 98.2 innings and an 11-3 mark this year, Yarbrough has a 3.56 ERA with 78 Ks and 13 BBs.

Tampa’s only hitter with more than one knock Friday was Matt Duffy. He went 3-for-4 on the night.

The Tigers are 14-42 in their last 56 in game two of a series and 7-21 in their last 28 Saturday games. The under is 6-0-1 in Detroit’s last seven in game two of a series and the over is 4-1-1 in their last six versus a left-handed starter.

Meanwhile, the Rays are 7-3 in Yarbrough’s last 10 starts and 2-5 in his last seven home starts. Tampa is 2-5 in Yarbrough’s last seven on turf and 5-0 in their last five in game two of a series.

In his first start back out of the pen, Yarbrough did a really good job in Seattle. He went 8.2 innings with zero earned and just three hits. Probably would have let him finish if the score hadn’t been 1-0, I assume. In any case, it was another win for Yarbrough.

Looking at Yarbrough’s recent numbers he had one bad outing in Boston (but still won) and aside from that he’s been solid. I’m going Rays here.

Tampa Bay Rays -280

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