Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers 7/5/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 7/4/2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014, 4:08 PM on SUN, FSDT
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Tampa Bay Rays - Archer, C (4-5) vs. Detroit Tigers - Sanchez, A (5-2)
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Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer will be making the start on Saturday afternoon and will have to go up against Detroit Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who hasn't lost a game since April.
On Monday, Chris Archer pitched seven strong innings against the New York Yankees on the road, but all he got out of that start was a no decision. He gave up just two runs in those seven innings of work while striking out four batters and walking two. Archer only has a 4-5 record on the year for the Rays, but he also has a solid 3.24 ERA and he has only given up three home runs in 100 innings.
Second baseman Ian Kinsler has gone up against Archer more than any of the other Tigers, but he is hitless against the right-hander in six at-bats and he has been struck out four times.
Veteran Anibal Sanchez pitched well against the Oakland Athletics on Monday, but he also had to settle for the no decision. He went seven innings in that start and allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits while striking out two and walking zero. Sanchez has a 5-2 record through 14 starts with a very good 2.63 ERA.
Rays outfielder Matthew Joyce has gotten four hits off of Sanchez through 12 plate appearances with a double, two triples and a home run.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Rays are 41-42-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Tampa Bay Rays is -0.4
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
Detroit Tigers are 42-34-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Detroit Tigers is 0.4
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)
07/02/14 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
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay
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