Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers 7/6/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 7/5/2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014, 8:05 PM on ESPN
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Tampa Bay Rays - Price, D (7-7) vs. Detroit Tigers - Porcello, R (11-4)
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Sunday night, the Tampa Bay Rays will give the ball to David Price as they face the Detroit Tigers and Rick Porcello. Price will make his 19th start as Porcello makes his 17th.
David Price added his 2nd straight win in his last outing and that evened his record at 7 - 7 with a 3.50 ERA. In the win, Price allowed a run on 4 hits in 7 innings of work. He walked 3 while striking out 9. It was the 2nd straight start that Price held the opposition to just 1 run. He is well on track to post better numbers this season than last season, when he was 10 - 8 with a 3.33 ERA in 27 starts.
In 2013, Price didn't face the Tigers but he has experience against their lineup. Fortunately for Price, he might not have to face Detroit's Victor Martinez. Martinez is batting .471 with 3 homers and 5 RBIs when facing Price.
Rick Porcello boosted his record to 11- 4 with a 3.12 ERA after picking up his 2nd straight victory the last time out. In the victory, Porcello went the distance for a complete game shutout as he allowed just 4 hits. It was Porcello's 2nd straight complete game shutout and the 3rd straight game that he hadn't allowed a run. He should easily surpass last season's record of 13 - 8 and last season's ERA of 4.32 in 29 starts and 3 relief appearances.
In 2013, Porcello lost his only start against the Rays after allowing 3 runs and 8 hits in 6 innings. Overall, he has held the Rays to a .238 average with 20 hits and 7 RBIs in 84 at-bats.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Rays are 42-42-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Tampa Bay Rays is -0.4
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
Detroit Tigers are 43-34-5 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)
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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