Tigers vs Rays Prediction - MLB Picks 4/1/23

Tampa Bay Rays (1-0) vs Detroit Tigers (0-1)

Game Info: Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 4:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Zach Eflin (0-0) (0.00) vs Spencer Turnbull (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -182 / Detroit Tigers +140 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays face off on Saturday in an MLB showdown at Tropicana Field. On Thursday it was the Rays that were able to secure the 4-0 victory. 

Tigers Betting Preview

There aren’t a whole lot of expectations surrounding this Tigers team, and the first game didn’t give off a whole lot of hope. There are a lot of concerns surrounding the offense and in the first game they couldn’t find any offense. The Tigers managed six hits, the same amount as the Rays, but they couldn’t bunch hits together, and that led to them being a shootout. Austin Meadows was the only bright spot finishing with three hits. Getting the start for the Tigers will be Spencer Turnbull and this will be his first appearance in the majors since 2021. He had to work his way back from Tommy John surgery. 

Rays Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is the Rays who used good pitching to their advantage in the first game of the season. Wander Franco finished with two hits hit and one run. Starting pitcher Shane McClanahan had a strong game on the mound finishing with six innings giving up only four hits. Getting the start for the Rays will be Zach Eflin who will be making his first start with his new ballclub. 

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Tigers vs Rays Trends

The Rays are 5-1 in their last six games following an off day. The over is 6-0-1 in the Tigers last seven games against a team with a winning record. The under is 4-0 in the Rays last four games on Saturday. The under is 4-0 in the Rays last four games during game 2 of a series. 

Shane’s Free Pick

There were only four runs scored in the first game of this series, and this game is also going to be lower scoring. The Tigers have major issues with the offense and it’s not going to get any easier against Eflin. Turnbull has looked good during the spring, and the Rays offense is also going to have some issues getting going here. Back the under to cash. 

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