Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays
The Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays avoided being swept in the first weekend interleague play with wins on Sunday and they look to get back to winning as they get back to American League play. The Tigers are -120 favorites over the Rays with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Detroit Tigers are in second place in the American League Central but they are seven games back, the furthest back of any second place team in baseball. The Tigers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 11-8 at home this season, and have been outscored by their opponents by one run this year. As a team Detroit is hitting .252 led by Miguel Cabrera at .313, Jhonny Peralta at .295, and Alex Avila at .290. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.11 with the starters at 3.42 and the bullpen at 5.97. For Monday’s game Detroit starts Phil Coke who has had three no decisions and three losses in his last six starts. For the season Coke has allowed 46 hits and 21 earned runs while striking out 29 in 48.2 innings of work.
The Tampa Bay Rays are tied for first place in the American League East but there are just four games separating first and last place in the tightly packed division. The Rays are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 15-8 on the road, they have outscored their opponents by 25 runs overall. As a team Tampa bay is hitting .242 with Matt Joyce .355, Johnny Damon is hitting .265, Ben Zobrist at .260, and B.J. Upton at .252. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.47 with the starters at 3.56 and the bullpen at 3.24. For game one against the Tigers Tampa Bay starts Jeremy Hellickson who has won his last four starts. For the season Hellickson has allowed 42 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 36 in 51 innings of work.
Detroit is 5-1 in their last six home games, 5-2 in their last seven against a team with a winning record, and 1-5 in Coke’s last six starts. Tampa Bay is 4-1 in their last five games against a left handed starter, 13-4 in their last 17 road games, and 4-1 in Hellickson’s last five road starts. Tampa Bay has won six of the last seven meetings of these two.
Both of these teams can hit and with the total set relatively low we should see enough offense to sail past the eight runs we need to catch the over. Take the over 8 in today’s ballgame.