Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays - 5/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays - 5/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays (21-14) vs Detroit Tigers (12-23)

Game Info: Monday, May 16, 2022 at 6:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Corey Kluber (1-2) (4.55) vs Alex Faedo (0-1) (3.60)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -210 / Detroit Tigers +170 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Tigers will play the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of their series at Tropicana Field on Monday night.

The Detroit Tigers are 12-23 this season and have won three games in a row after sweeping the Orioles in their last series. The Detroit pitching staff has a 3.42 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and a .221 opponent batting average this season. The Tigers offense has scored 100 runs with a .225 batting average and a .292 on base percentage. Miguel Cabrera is batting .297 with three home runs and 14 RBI’s for the Tigers this season. The projected starter of Detroit is Alex Faedo, who is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP over 10 innings pitched this season.

The Tampa Bay Rays are 21-14 this season and have won three of their last four games. Prior to this series, Tampa Bay won two out of three games against the Blue Jays. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.63 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a .221 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 146 runs with a .234 batting average and a .301 on base percentage this year. Wander Franco is batting .285 with four home runs and 15 RBI’s for the Rays this season. The projected starter for Tampa Bay is Corey Kluber, who is 1-2 with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 29.2 innings pitched this season.

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Detroit is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the AL East and 18-39 in their last 57 Monday games. The under is 19-6-1 in Detroit’s last 26 road games. Tampa Bay is 4-1 in their last 5 game 1’s of a series and 43-19 in their last 62 Monday games. The over is 5-1-2 in Tampa Bay’s last 8 Monday games. The under is 13-6-2 in these two teams last 21 head to head meetings.

The Tigers are coming off of their best series in a long time, but will go up against a very good Rays team in this matchup. Kluber is coming off of an outing where he gave up 8 runs over 3 innings pitched and will be looking to bounce back. I think the Tigers have some value here as they have the momentum and Faedo has looked decent in his first two starts this season.

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