Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers 7/3/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 7/2/2014
Thursday, July 3, 7:08 PM on SUN, FSDT
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Tampa Bay Rays - Bedard, E (4-5) vs. Detroit Tigers - Scherzer, M (9-3)
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Veteran Erik Bedard will be on the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night and he will be going up against reigning AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers.
Erik Bedard pretty pitched well in his start against the Baltimore Orioles on the road on Monday and came away with his fourth win of the year for his efforts. He allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings of work that day while walking no one and striking out seven. Bedard is now 4-5 on the year with a 4.21 ERA and he has struck out 64 batters in 72.2 innings.
Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter has nine hits in 28 at-bats against Bedard in his career with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI. Austin Jackson is hitless against him in eight at-bats with four strikeouts.
Max Scherzer did well enough to beat the Houston Astros on Monday, but he has to settle for the no decision in a game the Tigers ended up winning 4-3. He went seven innings in that start and allowed just two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out a season-high 13 batters. Through 17 starts, Scherzer is 9-3 and he has struck out 10.7 batters per nine innings.
Rays veteran James Loney has five hits in 20 at-bats against Scherzer with a double, a home run and five RBI.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Rays are 41-41-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Tampa Bay Rays is -0.4
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
Detroit Tigers are 41-33-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Detroit Tigers is 0.3
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
07/01/14 SS Yunel Escobar Shoulder 15-day DL (6/25)
06/24/14 LF Jerry Sands Wrist 15-day DL (6/22)
06/19/14 LF David DeJesus Hand 15-day DL (6/19)
06/01/14 RF Wil Myers Wrist 15-day DL (5/31)
04/08/14 P Matt Moore Elbow 60-day DL (4/8), out for season
03/30/14 2B Tim Beckham Knee 60-day DL (3/30)
03/28/14 P Jeremy Hellickson Elbow 15-day DL (3/30)
07/01/14 DH Victor Martinez Side questionable
06/25/14 P Ian Krol Shoulder 15-day DL (6/21)
06/25/14 P Luke Putkonen Elbow 60-day DL (4/19)
05/02/14 P Joel Hanrahan Elbow 15-day DL (5/2)
03/28/14 LF Andy Dirks Back 60-day DL (3/29)
03/28/14 P Bruce Rondon Elbow 60-day DL (3/29), out for season
03/27/14 SS Jose Iglesias Stress Fracture 60-day DL (3/29); out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Detroit
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