Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays - 5/18/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays - 5/18/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays (22-15) vs Detroit Tigers (13-24)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Drew Rasmussen (3-1) (2.67) vs Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2) (3.72)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -200 / Detroit Tigers +170 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Tigers will play the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3 of their series at Tropicana Field on Wednesday afternoon.

The Detroit Tigers are 13-24 this season and have won four of their last five games. Detroit won Game 1 of this series by a score of 3-2 and lost Game 2 by a score of 8-1. The Detroit pitching staff has a 3.52 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a .225 opponent batting average this season. The Tigers offense has scored 104 runs with a .223 batting average and a .288 on base percentage. Miguel Cabrera is batting .286 with three home runs and 14 RBI’s for the Tigers this season. The projected starter for Detroit is Eduardo Rodriguez, who is 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 38.2 innings pitched this season.

The Tampa Bay Rays are 22-15 this season and have won four of their last six games. Prior to this series, Tampa Bay won two of three against the Blue Jays. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.54 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, and a .219 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 156 runs with a .236 batting average and a .302 on base percentage this year. Wander Franco is batting .271 with four home runs and 16 RBI’s for the Rays this season. The projected starter for Tampa Bay is Drew Rasmussen, who is 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP over 33.2 innings pitched this season.

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Detroit is 4-1 in their last 5 games and 3-11 in their last 14 road games. The under is 20-7-1 in Detroit’s last 28 road games. Tampa Bay is 4-0 in their last 4 Wednesday games and 58-27 in their last 85 home games. The under is 4-1-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 6 games. The under is 27-12-2 in these two teams last 41 head to head meetings in Tampa Bay.

The Tigers surprised the Rays with their Game 1 win, but Tampa Bay got revenge in the blowout win on Tuesday. Both of these starting pitchers have been decent this year, but the Detroit offense has been very inconsistent. I liked the over in Tuesday’s game and like the over here again. The total of 6.5 is way too low in this matchup.

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