The Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers face each other for game one of their series tonight in Tampa. All odds for MLB games can be found at Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The Rays will welcome to return home after a tough road trip where they were recently swept in Kansas City. The Rays are 6.5 games behind the Yankees in the division and need to right the ship before they get too far behind. Tonight they will send James Shields to the mound who although is a solid pitcher has struggled a bit as of late. This season he struck out 93 batters in 97 innings of work.
The Tigers continue to mesmerize a lot of people and are moving again in the wrong direction in the standings. Their 19-21 on the road this season as inconsistent hitting and pitching has gotten them in the hole they are in. Max Scherzer will take the mound tonight and although he has pitched well lately he has no wins to show for it. Scherzer has a 5.12 ERA in 84 innings of work this season.
Tampa Bay is 2-7 in their last nine games overall, 1-5 in their alst six games following a loss, and 7-0 in Shields’ last seven home starts against a team losing record. Detroit is 2-6 in their last eight games against the A.L. East, 2-7 in their last nine game one of a series, and 2-6 in Scherzer’s last eight starts against a team with a winning record. Detroit is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings of these two.
This is a tough game to pick and we are going to hope that both pitchers have solid outings. Give us the under in total runs scored but check sports odds.