Detroit Tigers vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction MLB Picks 4/22/24

Tampa Bay Rays (12-11) vs Detroit Tigers (12-10)

Game Info: Monday, April 22, 2024 at 6:50 pm (Tropicana Field)

Zack Littell (1-0) (2.14) vs Tarik Skubal (2-0) (2.28)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -105 / Detroit Tigers -115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Tigers vs Rays prediction for this MLB game on Monday, April 22nd at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. To formulate this prediction for game one in this series, we will examine:

  • The Tigers recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Rays recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Detroit
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Tampa Bay
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Detroit and Tampa Bay
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Detroit and Tampa Bay

Tigers Preview

The Detroit Tigers are 12-10 this year and they have lost four of their last seven games. Detroit is coming off of a series win against the Twins, where they won two out of three games. Prior to that series, the Tigers lost three out of four against the Rangers. The Detroit pitching staff has a 2.94 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a .208 opponent batting average. The Tigers offense has scored 85 runs with a .220 batting average and a .298 on base percentage. Kerry Carpenter is batting .318 with three home runs and 12 RBI’s for the Tigers. The projected starting pitcher for Detroit is Tarik Skubal, who is 2-0 with a 2.28 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP over 23.2 innings pitched this year. 

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 12-11 this season and they have alternated wins and losses over their last 10 games. Tampa Bay is coming off of a series loss to the Yankees, where they lost two out of three games. Prior to that series, the Rays split a four game set at home against the Angels. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 4.32 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, and a .248 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 93 runs with a .244 batting average and a .306 on base percentage. Isaac Paredes is batting .263 with five home runs and 14 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Zack Littell, who is 1-0 with a 2.14 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 21.0 innings pitched this season. 

Tampa Bay Rays Team Facts

  • The Rays have won each of their last four games as home underdogs against American League opponents following a loss.
  • The Rays have covered the run line in each of their last eight games as underdogs against AL Central opponents following a road loss.
  • The Rays have led after 7 innings in each of their last five games against the Tigers at Tropicana Field.
  • The Rays have led after 5 innings in each of their last five night games against AL Central opponents that held a winning record.

Detroit Tigers Team Facts

  • The Tigers have lost 17 of their last 18 games against AL East opponents following a win.
  • The Tigers have failed to cover the run line in each of their last six night games against AL East opponents following a win.
  • The Tigers have trailed after 3 innings in four of their last six games as road favorites.
  • The Tigers have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last five games at Tropicana Field.
  • The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Tigers' last three games against AL East opponents.

Tampa Bay Rays Player Prop Facts

  • Isaac Paredes has hit a home run in each of the Rays' last two games as home underdogs against AL opponents.
  • Randy Arozarena has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Rays' last five home games against the Tigers.
  • Randy Arozarena has recorded at least one hit in each of the Rays' last 10 games against AL Central opponents.
  • Amed Rosario has recorded at least one Single in each of his last nine appearances after playing the previous day.
  • Josh Lowe has recorded at least one total base in each of his last eight home appearances against AL Central opponents.
  • Josh Lowe has scored at least one run in seven of his last eight appearances against AL opponents.
  • Jose Caballero ranks 7th in the league in Steals (7) this season.

Detroit Tigers Player Prop Facts

  • Spencer Torkelson has hit at least one home run in each of the Tigers' last three road games against AL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Kerry Carpenter has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Tigers' last six games.
  • Kerry Carpenter has recorded two or more total bases in each of the Tigers' last four road games against AL East opponents that held a winning record.
  • Riley Greene has scored at least one run in each of his last five appearances against opponents that held a winning record.
  • Tarik Skubal has recorded seven or more strikeouts in four of his last five road appearances.
  • Kerry Carpenter has recorded at least one hit in each of the Tigers' last nine night games against AL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Tarik Skubal has recorded a win in each of his last five road appearances against AL opponents.
  • Andy Ibanez has recorded at least one Single in seven of his last eight appearances against AL opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Tampa Bay Rays rank 26th in the league for walks this season (60).
  • The Tampa Bay Rays rank 6th in the league for strikeouts this season (205).
  • The Detroit Tigers rank 2nd in the league for ERA this season (2.94).
  • The Detroit Tigers rank 2nd in the league for hits allowed this season (155).

Tigers vs Rays Prediction

Detroit comes into this series after playing very well on Sunday, where they picked up the series win in Minnesota. The Tigers offense has been an issue in most games this year, but their pitching staff has been very good. Tampa Bay lost two out of three in New York against the Yankees over the weekend and their pitching staff has had some issues. The Rays are starting Zack Littell, who has allowed five earned runs and 23 hits over 21.0 innings in four starts. The Tigers are turning to Tarik Skubal, who has allowed six earned runs and 14 hits over 23.2 innings in four starts. Both of these pitchers have been very solid to start the season, but Skubal has been elite through four starts. Take the Tigers on the road. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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