Tigers vs Rays Prediction - MLB Picks 3/30/23

Tampa Bay Rays (0-0) vs Detroit Tigers (0-0)

Game Info: Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 3:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Shane McClanahan (0-0) (0.00) vs Eduardo Rodriguez (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -240 / Detroit Tigers +190 --- Over/Under: 7 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 on Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Tigers Preview

The Detroit Tigers were 66-96 last season and are not expected to be much better coming into this year. The Tigers finished in fourth place in the AL Central and were 26 games behind first place. Detroit went 14-16 during Spring Training this season, but their hitting did look improved from where it was last season. The Detroit pitching staff did not do well in the Spring, so they will hope for better luck to start the year. The projected starting pitcher for the Tigers is Eduardo Rodriguez, who was 5-5 with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP last year. 

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays went 86-76 last season and finished third in the AL East standings. Tampa Bay did make the playoffs last year, but they were swept 2-0 by Cleveland. The Rays were 15-14 during Spring Training this year and had one of the better pitching staffs in the Spring. Tampa Bay is expected to be competitive once again this season, but they are dealing with a couple of key injuries to start the year. The projected starting pitching for Tampa Bay is Shane McClanahan, who was 12-8 with a 2.54 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP last year. 

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Detroit is 5-1 in their last 6 game one’s of a series and 5-17 in their last 22 games against the AL East. The over is 7-2-3 in Detroit’s last 12 game one’s of a series. Tampa Bay is 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games and 0-4 in their last 4 games against the AL Central. The over is 4-1-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 6 Thursday games. Detroit is 4-12 in these two teams last 16 head to head meetings in Tampa Bay. 


These two teams finished the 2022 season trending in opposite directions, but both will have the opportunity to start the 2023 season on the right foot with a win in this game. Detroit has a good amount of young players, so they may see some improvement, but I expect it to take some time. Tampa Bay is starting McClanahan, who had a very good year last year. Detroit had one of the worst offenses in MLB history last season and I don’t expect them to do much in this game. I like the under here. 

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