The Tampa Bay Rays are a team that must get hot over the next two months. Catching the New York Yankees is a lost cause, but the wildcard is available for the Rays. They’re currently the last team in with a record of 55-49.
The Rays have a one-game lead on the Cleveland Guardians for the final wildcard in the American League. It’s anyone’s with two months remaining in the regular season. Tampa hasn’t done themselves any favors lately.
Tampa split two games against the Jays, with a 3-1 loss and a 3-2 win. In their latest outing, they rode the bullpen to a 1-run win. Ryan Yarbrough pitched 4 strong innings, with 1 hit and 1 run.
New guy drives in the new(er) guy. Ya love to see it pic.twitter.com/pRVP4NsjpR
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 3, 2022
The Rays’ pitching is doing everything that they can do to win games. However, the bats aren’t responding too well. Fortunately, their opponent in this four-game series at Comerica Park doesn’t offer the best offense.
GM Al Avila seems to be on borrowed time, as his Detroit Tigers continue to stumble. He’s currently under review after a disappointing first half, and the Tigers just aren’t picking it up.
The Tigers are entering tonight at 42-64 and 14 games behind the Twins in the AL Central. They were expected to be serviceable this year and show improvement. This isn’t happening.
The Tigers are coming off a seven-game road trip, which saw them lose five of seven attempts. The Blue Jays won three of four and then the Twins two of three games.
Veteran Drew Hutchison has the starting job at home tonight. The Rays are countering with fifth-year pitcher Jeffrey Springs. Head below for our free Rays vs. Tigers prediction on August 4, 2022.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers Live Betting Odds:
|Tampa Bay Rays||-1.5 (-105)||-175||Over 8 (-115)|
|Detroit Tigers||+1.5 (-115)||+144||Under 8 (-105)|
|Team Data||Tampa Bay Rays||Detroit Tigers|
|Batting Average Away/Home||.240||.241|
|Runs Per 9||4.13||3.27|
|Team ERA Away/Home||3.76||3.91|
Rays vs. Tigers Prediction:
Drew Hutchison has been in the major leagues since 2012 and is best known for his time with the Blue Jays. That doesn’t mean he was good with the Jays, though. In four seasons, Hutchison never did better than a 4.48 ERA in 2014.
He’s pretty well been around that mark every season except for an outlier or two. In his first year in the majors since 2018, Hutchison notched an ERA of 2.11 and 1.45 WHIP in 2021. Did you really think that was going to last, though?
This is consistent with his overall body of work since opening in 2012. Across his previous three starts, Hutchison has notched an ERA of 5.65 and a 1.47 WHIP.
The Rays are hitting .219 with just 2.63 runs per 9 innings in their last ten outings. A starter like Hutchison should help the Rays get their swing back at Comerica Park.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers Betting Trends:
- Record (Last 10): 3-7
- 17-8 overall in their previous 25 games on a Thursday
- 2-0 overall in their previous two games versus the Tigers
- 4-11 overall in their previous 15 first game of a series
- UNDER is 6-2 in their previous eight games versus a team with a losing record
- UNDER is 5-1 in their previous six games on a Thursday
- Record (Last 10): 4-6
- 3-13 overall in their previous 16 games versus the AL East
- 1-4 overall in their previous five games versus a team with a winning record
- 4-11 overall in their previous 15 games at home following a road trip 7+ days
- 1-6 overall in their previous seven games in August.
- 1-7 overall in their previous eight games versus the AL East
Jeffrey Springs goes to the mound with an ERA of 2.70 and a 1.12 WHIP in 21 games. He’s appeared in 21 games, with 13 starts in 2022.
Springs has allowed more than 3 earned runs in only one of 21 appearances this season. He gave up 4 earned runs to a tough Orioles team on June 18.
Finishing innings strong is a problem for the Tigers. They’re 30th in the majors with 3.32 runs per 9 innings and a .226 batting average for 27th. The long ball hasn’t been working, either, as the Tigers are 30th with just 0.61 home runs per game.
The Rays need to get going and can’t afford to lose this series against the Tigers. These are winnable games that they can’t pass up at Comerica Park. Look for the Rays to start off with a winning performance.