Tigers vs. Rays Prediction
The Detroit Tigers registered a rare win as they shut out the host Tampa Bay Rays last night. Can Tampa Bay rebound as big favorites tonight?
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Tropicana Field at 6:10PM ET
TV: Fox Sports Sun
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Rays are a -300 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Tigers are a +270 underdog, while the total is set at 8.5 runs. As of Saturday morning, 85 percent of public bets are pouring in on host Tampa Bay. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Three Tigers pitchers combine on shutout
Detroit picked up a 2-0 road victory Friday night at Tampa Bay to improve to 37-82 overall and 20-39 on the road. Drew VerHagen picked up the win in relief as he threw five shutout innings with three hits allowed, three strikeouts and one walk. Joe Jimenez picked up the save as he gave up one hit with two strikeouts and one walk in one scoreless frame. Travis Demeritte helped lead the Tigers offense as he went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Jordy Mercer was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Victor Reyes, Niko Goodrum and Brandon Dixon were all 1-for-4 with a double. Jordan Zimmermann draws the start today as he enters with a 1-8 record, 7.13 ERA and 1.60 WHIP with 52 strikeouts over 72 innings pitched.
Rays held to five hits
Tampa Bay lost by a count of 2-0 at home Friday night against Detroit to drop to 71-52 overall and 31-29 at home. Matt Duffy helped lead the Rays offense as he finished 3-for-4. Eric Sogard went 1-for-3 off the bench with a double. Travis d'Arnaud ended the game 1-for-4. Charlie Morton was the tough-luck losing pitcher as he gave up one unearned run on three hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks over seven innings. Ryan Yarbrough will get the start this evening as he comes in with an 11-3 record, 3.56 ERA and 0.90 WHIP with 78 strikeouts over 98 2/3 innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The Tigers are 7-21 in their last 28 Saturday games. Detroit is 8-21 in the last 29 Zimmermann starts.
The Rays are 12-4 in their last 16 games overall. Tampa Bay is 7-3 in the last 10 Yarbrough starts.
Tampa Bay had a poor night last night against hittable pitchers, but I highly doubt it happens again as the Tigers send Zimmermann to the mound today. He has been awful in basically every category again this season and Yarbrough plus the bullpen should get plenty of run support. I'm looking at the runline bet here.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: TAMPA BAY RAYS RL -150