Monday, July 27, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Anibal Sanchez (10-7) vs. Nathan Karns (5-5)
The Tampa Bay Rays host the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field on Monday. The Tigers send Anibal Sanchez to the mound to face Nathan Karns of the Rays. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +107 and Tampa Bay at -117. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Tigers, with a 46-51 run line record, cover the spread 47% of the time. They also have a 54-41 over/under record. The Rays have a 40-52 over/under record and a 53-46 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 53% of the time.
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The Tigers head into this matchup with a 48-49 record, including 23-22 on the road. Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez holds a 10-7 record with an earned run average of 4.59 and a WHIP of 1.23. He's pitched 131.1 innings thus far while surrendering 120 hits over that time and when he starts, the Tigers are 11-9. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 13-6. The team is averaging 5.5 runs when he starts. The bullpen has given up 300 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 3.97. Opposing teams are hitting .265 against the Tigers bullpen while walking 109 times and striking out 235 times. Detroit is averaging 6.99 strikeouts per game while getting 9.21 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 26th in baseball in team earned run average at 4.30.
Detroit is batting .278 as a team, which is good for 1st in the league and hitting .267 away from home. The Tigers on-base percentage sits at .336, which puts them at 1st in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .432. Ian Kinsler leads the team in hits with 110 while the team ranks 1st in baseball with 9.71 hits per game.
With a 24-26 home record, Tampa Bay will hope to improve on their 49-50 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.47, Nathan Karns will come into this game holding a 5-5 record and a 1.25 WHIP. He's pitched 109 innings thus far while surrendering 96 hits over that time in which the Rays are 8-11. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 9-10. The team is averaging 3.2 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has given up 294 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.76. Opposing teams are hitting .232 against the Rays bullpen while walking 128 times and striking out 306 times. Tampa Bay is averaging 8.15 strikeouts per game while getting 7.87 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.56.
They are batting .237 as a team, which is good for 27th in the league and hitting .236 at home. The Rays on-base percentage sits at .301, which puts them at 25th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .374. Logan Forsythe leads the team in hits with 93 while the team ranks 30th in baseball with 7.84 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Tigers have a fielding percentage of .987 with 49 total errors, 966 assists and 2,630 put outs. The Rays have committed 56 errors on the season with 881 assists and 2,658 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .984 on the year.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 54-41 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 46-51 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 40-52 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 53-46 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/04/15 1B Miguel Cabrera Calf Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/3)
05/24/15 P Kyle Lobstein Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/23)
05/08/15 P Joe Nathan Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/7), out for season
Tampa Bay Rays
07/12/15 SS Asdrubal Cabrera Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/12)
05/10/15 P Drew Smyly Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/6), out for season
05/09/15 P Alex Cobb Forearm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27), out for season
05/03/15 CF Desmond Jennings Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/26)
04/29/15 P Kirby Yates Pectoral Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/29)
04/18/15 P Jeff Beliveau Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/22), out for season
Guy's Pick: Take the Rays
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