Detroit Tigers vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 9/16/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Tigers vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+190) Tampa Bay (-256)
Tropicana Field is the venue where Dietrich Enns and the Tampa Bay Rays (90-55, 1st in AL East) will take on the Detroit Tigers (69-76, 3rd in AL Central) on Thursday. The Tigers open this contest at +190 while the Rays are priced at -256. The O/U is set at 8. The starting pitchers will be Tyler Alexander and Dietrich Enns.
Detroit has a slugging rate of .402 and have struck out 1,375 times, while drawing a walk on 439 occasions. They have accrued 612 runs batted in as well as 1,165 base knocks over the course of the season, and their team batting average sits at .242. The Tigers have accumulated 210 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 166 balls out of the park. They have a total of 634 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .307. As a squad, the Detroit Tigers are putting up 4.4 runs per game, which ranks them 18th in baseball.
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The Tigers have a team ERA of 4.40 for the year (19th in the league), and they have struck out 1,139 batters. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 2.26 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.37. Tigers pitchers have yielded 184 home runs and 690 runs (20th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 505 opposing players and their FIP sits at 4.61 as a unit over the course of the season.
The Tigers relief pitchers have a save percentage of 63.0% and has stepped onto the mound in 124 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 207 runners on the campaign with 36.7% of those players crossed the plate. Tigers relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 136 times as well as having 150 appearances in high leverage situations. The Tigers have sent 519 relief pitchers to the mound so far this season. The bullpen have tallied 66 holds for the year (18th in the league). They have earned 34 saves over the course of the season and have blown 20 out of their 54 chances to save the game.
The Detroit Tigers have a total of 3,815 putouts this year, in addition to 1,335 assists and 76 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .985 which is 12th in baseball, and they have twisted 1,023 double plays. The Tigers have turned 69.6% of baseballs in play into outs out of 11,445 innings, which ranks them 17th in the majors.
Alexander (5-9 career record) sits with a FIP of 4.55 while going up against 744 opposing hitters in the major leagues. He has surrendered 192 base knocks (10.0 hits per 9 innings) and has had 37 free passes. His ERA is 4.30 (83 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.319. Alexander has thrown 173 frames and has racked up 152 K's during his pro baseball career.
The Tampa Bay Rays hold a team on-base percentage of .318 in addition to a batting average of .241 on the season. They have been rung up on 1,394 occasions (3rd in baseball) and have recorded 1,192 base hits. Tampa Bay is sitting with 201 home runs for the season and 733 RBIs. The Rays hold a team slugging % of .427 and they earn 5.37 runs per contest (1st in baseball). They have 258 two-baggers, while getting a free base 517 times and earning 778 runs.
The Rays have a team WHIP of 1.198 and have a FIP of 3.80 as a staff on the year. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 3.34 (1,339 strikeouts vs 401 free passes). They come in at 14th in MLB as a staff in total hits surrendered with 1,162. They have allowed 166 homers and they concede 4.18 runs per 9 innings (6th in MLB). The Tampa Bay pitching staff have conceded 606 runs so far this season while having a team ERA of 3.78 (548 earned runs relinquished).
Tampa Bay has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 59 save chances and they have earned 39 saves. They rank 7th in MLB with a save percentage of 66.1%, and they have sent 469 relievers onto the field over the course of the season. Their relief pitchers have come in 167 times in high leverage situations in addition to 115 occasions with runners on base. Tampa Bay relievers hold an inherited score rate of 29.1% out of 148 inherited runners. Sitting with 142 save situations, the Rays have recorded 80 holds in addition to 20 blown saves.
In their 11,745 innings played, the Rays hold a defensive efficiency of 69.8% (14th in the majors). The Tampa Bay Rays have turned 120 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .986 (9th in baseball). The Rays have recorded 1,225 assists, 74 errors and have amassed 3,915 putouts on the season.
Enns (1-0 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a 4.05 earned run average while allowing 9.5 hits per 9 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.50 and he has faced 88 hitters during his MLB career. He has surrendered 9 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.350 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.3. So far in his MLB career, Enns has surrendered 21 hits while accumulating 21 K's in 20 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-256)
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