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|DETROIT TIGERS||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|8-6, 1st in American League Central||April 20, 1:10 PM | Turf of Tropicana Field||8-8, 4th in American League East|
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, FSN Detroit
PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers LH Daniel Norris (1-0, 2.19 ERA) vs. Rays RH Erasmo Ramírez (1-0, 3.72)
|Team / Live in game Betting at||Spread||Money Line||Total|
|Detroit Tigers [D. Norris -L]||+1½ -205||+100||Ov 8 -125|
|Tampa Bay Rays [E. Ramirez -R]||-1½ +175||-110||Un 8 +105|
The Detroit Tigers and the Tampa Bay Rays will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Tropicana Field.
Left hander Daniel Norris will take the mound for the Tigers to start this game. Norris is 1-0 this season with a 2.19 ERA.
It’ll be Erasmo Ramirez toeing the rubber for the Rays in this contest. Right hander Ramirez is 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA so far this season.
Despite taking a line drive off the back of his throwing shoulder in his last start, Norris broke into the win column by blanking Cleveland on two hits over six innings. He also tossed 6 1/3 innings of three-run ball in his season debut versus Boston, but the one concern is yielding seven walks in 12 1/3 frames. Norris owns a 2.25 ERA and 11 strikeouts over 12 innings in two career starts versus the Rays.
Ramirez made all but one of his 64 appearances out of the bullpen last year, but he is no stranger to the rotation after making 27 starts and going 11-6 for Tampa Bay in 2015. All five appearances this season have been in relief, including four innings at Boston on Saturday in which he gave up one run on three hits. Miguel Cabrera is 3-for-4 with a homer off Ramirez, who is 0-1 with a 9.35 ERA against Detroit.
Trying to shake out of his early-season slump, Evan Longoria showed up at the ballpark Wednesday with a new look, trimming back most of the beard that opened eyes upon his arrival at spring training. The extra grooming changed both the fortunes of Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays, who go for a three-game sweep of the visiting Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon.
Longoria collected three hits and drove in three runs as the Rays improved to 7-2 at Tropicana Field despite blowing an early four-run lead with a stunning ninth-inning comeback. Logan Morrison hit what appeared to be a game-ending double-play ball, only to see Detroit shortstop José Iglesias trip over the second-base bag and throw wildly past first, allowing the tying and winning runs to score in Tampa Bay’s 8-7 victory. The Tigers wasted some big production from the top of the order, receiving six hits and seven RBIs from their Nos. 2-4 hitters – Nicholas Castellanos, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. Detroit also has a potential injury concern in Iglesias, who took a knee to the face from a sliding Brad Miller and was down on the field for a long time following the bizarre game-ending play.
Team record: 8-6 SU
Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit’s last 6 games
Detroit is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Team record: 8-8 SU
Tampa Bay is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Detroit at Minnesota Friday, April 21
Tampa Bay home to Houston Friday, April 21
1. Tigers LF Justin Upton, who suffered a right wrist contusion in the series opener, is doubtful to play Thursday.
2. Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier is 8-for-17 with seven runs scored during a four-game hitting streak.
3. Castellanos became the first Detroit player with two triples in a game since Austin Jackson on Aug. 5, 2012.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
|Nick Castellanos||3B||15-Day Disabled List|
|Drew VerHagen||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Jordan Zimmerman||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Mike Pelfrey||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Desmond Jennings||OF||15-Day Disabled List|
|Oswaldo Arcia||OF||15-Day Disabled List|
|Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit’s last 6 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit’s last 7 games on the road|
|Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|Detroit is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay|
|Detroit is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay|
|TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Tampa Bay is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games|
|Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home|
|Tampa Bay is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Detroit|
|Tampa Bay is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Detroit|
|Detroit’s Overall Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Overall Defense||4.4||6||4.4||10|
|Detroit’s Away Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Home Defense||4.7||4||3.8||6|
|Detroit’s Road ERA vs Tampa Bay’s Home ERA Allowed||6.9||15||5.2||5|
|Tampa Bay’s Overall Scoring vs Detroit’s Overall Defense||4.5||4||5.4||15|
|Tampa Bay’s Home Scoring vs Detroit’s Road Defense||5.1||5||6.7||15|
|Tampa Bay’s Home ERA vs Detroit’s Road ERA Allowed||3.5||6||4.6||4|
|TOP 3/BOTTOM 3|
|Tigers are the second highest scoring team in the league at 4.9 runs per game.|
|Tigers lead the league in hits with 10.0 per game.|
|Tigers are third best in the league in times striking out with 6.6 per game.|
|Tigers have the second stingiest defence in the league at 3.9 runs per game.|
|Tigers lead the league in K’s with 8.8 per game.|
|Rays lead the league in walks with 3.6 per game.|
|Rays have the best hits allowed in the league, allowing 8.1 per game.|
|Rays are third in the league in striking out opponents with 8.1 per game.|