Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Erasmo Ramirez (10-5) vs. Matt Boyd (1-5)
The Detroit Tigers host the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park on Tuesday. The probable starters are Erasmo Ramirez for the Rays and Matt Boyd for the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at -122 and Detroit at +112. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Rays, with a 74-62 run line record, cover the spread 54% of the time. They also have a 62-65 over/under record. The Tigers have a 73-58 over/under record and a 62-74 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 46% of the time.
The Rays head into this matchup with a 67-69 record, including 35-36 on the road. Starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez holds a 10-5 record with an earned run average of 3.84 and a WHIP of 1.16. In his starts, the Rays are 14-8 over his 131.1 innings pitched this season while giving up 115 hits during those innings. The Rays are also 9-11 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 4.3 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 390 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 3.79. Teams are hitting .229 against the bullpen while being struck out 434 times and walking 162 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.48 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.69.
Tampa Bay ranks 23rd in the league in team batting average at .249 while hitting .252 on the road. The Rays on-base percentage sits at .313, which puts them at 18th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .398. They rank 24th in baseball with 8.37 hits per game and Logan Forsythe leads the team with 137.
With a 31-37 home record, Detroit will hope to improve on their 62-74 overall mark. With an earned run average of 8.36, Matt Boyd will come into this game holding a 1-5 record and a 1.83 WHIP. In his starts, the Tigers are 1-7 and he has allowed 57 hits over 37.2 innings pitched this season. The Tigers are also 3-5 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 3.1 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 440 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 4.73. Teams are hitting .275 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 336 times and walking 162 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.43 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.94 batters per nine. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 4.72.
They rank 2nd in the league in team batting average with a .270 average while hitting .276 at home. The Tigers on-base percentage sits at .327, which puts them at 3rd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .426. They rank 1st in baseball with 9.38 hits per game and Ian Kinsler leads the team with 163.
In terms of team defense, the Rays have a fielding percentage of .983 with 81 total errors, 1,171 assists and 3,648 put outs. For the home team, they hold a .986 team fielding percentage while committing 69 errors, accumulating 1,336 assists and compiling 3,646 put outs.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 62-65 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 74-62 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 73-58 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 62-74 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
08/27/15 CF Desmond Jennings Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/26)
08/26/15 C Curt Casali Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/25)
08/21/15 P Jake McGee Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/19)
08/01/15 RF Steven Souza Hand Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/2)
05/09/15 P Alex Cobb Forearm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27), out for season
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
09/07/15 DH Victor Martinez Illness is not expected to be in the starting lineup Monday vs. Tampa Bay Rays
09/04/15 SS Jose Iglesias Finger out indefinitely
08/20/15 P Anibal Sanchez Rotator Cuff Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/20)
08/20/15 P Daniel Norris Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/20)
05/08/15 P Joe Nathan Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/7), out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Rays
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