Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers Prediction, Preview and Odds - 08/07/2022

by Rod Pearson

Game Time: 1:40 pm ET, Sunday, August 7, 2022
Venue:  Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Where to Watch:  MLB Network

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  Rays -175, Tigers +150; Over/Under:  8 runs
Bet365:  Moneyline odds:  Rays -170, Tigers +150; Over/Under:  8 runs
BetMGM:  Moneyline odds:  Rays -175, Tigers +145; Over/Under:  8 runs
 

Season Record

Tampa Bay Rays:  57-49 (3rd place, AL East)
Detroit Tigers:  42-66 (5th place, AL Central)
 
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Recent Form
Tampa Bay Rays:  5-5 last 10
Detroit Tigers:  3-7 last 10
 
 
 

Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers Preview and Analysis

 
The Rays enter this game on a 3 game winning streak. They split their last series against the Toronto Blue Jays 1-1 in a 2-game series. They enter this game with a 57-49 record overall and have a road record of 24-28. This is the series finale of a 4-game series with the Tigers on Sunday with the 3rd game still to be played on Saturday. Their offense ranks 22nd in the MLB with a .687 OPS. Shane McClanahan is their starting pitcher on Saturday while there is no probable starting pitcher yet making his start in this game on Sunday. 
 
The Tigers enter this game on a 3 game losing streak. They lost their last series against the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in a 3-game series. They enter this game with a 42-66 record overall and have a home record of 25-29. This is the 4th game of a 4-game series with the Rays on Sunday with the 3rd game still to be played on Saturday. Their offense ranks 30th in the MLB with a .616 OPS. Garrett Hill is their starting pitcher on Saturday while Matt Manning is making his start in this game on Sunday. He is 0-0 with a 3.46 ERA this season. His team won 2 of their last 3 games this season with him making an appearance. In his last start, he allowed 3 ER, 1 HR, and 4 BB with 1 K on 5 hits through 5 IP against the Minnesota Twins. 

 

Rays vs Tigers Prediction

The current betting odds have the Rays listed as a favorite in this game. The Rays are starting to play much better in their recent games as they have won 3 straight games now. Their offense has also been playing a lot better in those games, scoring 5 runs in each of their last 2 games. Their pitching has been very good as well as they do not allow many runs in their games recently. The Tigers also have one of the worst offenses in the MLB this season and they have been very bad over the last week or so. They will struggle to score runs on a team like the Rays here with the pitching they have and the Rays offense is starting to score more runs now which could put this game out of reach for a team like the Tigers who do not really explode for runs in a lot of their games. The Rays are starting to get into a groove and they should continue on their streak here with another win. They are also fighting for a Wild Card spot in a very tight race and these are the kinds of series they need to be sweeping. The best way to place a bet here is on the Rays to win this game.
 
Rays Tigers Prediction:  Our MLB Pick for Sunday, August 7, 2022 (1:40 pm ET start time) is Rays 4 Tigers 1.
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MLB Betting Trends

 
Tampa Bay Rays: 209-143 (+32.4 Units) ML in all games. 91-74 (+10.4 Units) ML in road games. 23-17 UNDER in day games.
Detroit Tigers: 42-66 (-10.3 Units) ML in all games. 29-49 (-9.2 Units) ML against right-handed starters. 38-15 UNDER against AL East opponents.
 

Key Injuries

 
Tampa Bay Rays:  K. Kiermaier (CF) out for season - Hip. M. Zunino (C) out for season - Shoulder. W. Franco (SS) Early Sept - Wrist.
Detroit Tigers:  A. Meadows (CF) Mid Aug - Achilles. J. Rogers (C) Late Aug - Elbow. T. Skubal (SP) Late Aug - Forearm.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
"I'm so pleased with how the guys laid off so many close pitches, and it was just as satisfying to see Brandon come through with yet another big hit." - Kevin Cash after his team’s win against the Tigers on Friday.
 
 
"I really don't even know how to describe this one. We had a hard time right from the get-go, and the game isn't going to let you give away that many free at-bats without it catching up to you.” - A.J. Hinch after his team’s loss against the Rays on Friday.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Tampa Bay Rays
Brandon Lowe (L) 2B
Ji-Man Choi (L) 1B
Yandy Diaz (R) 3B
David Peralta (L) DH
Luke Raley (L) LF
Randy Arozarena (R) RF
Francisco Mejia (S) C
Roman Quinn (S) CF
Taylor Walls (S) SS
 
Detroit Tigers
Riley Greene (L) CF
Victor Reyes (S) DH
Javier Baez (R) SS
Harold Castro (L) 1B
Jeimer Candelario (S) 3B
Willi Castro (S) 2B
Daz Cameron (R) RF
Tucker Barnhart (S) C
Akil Baddoo (L) LF
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Tampa Bay Rays
Batting Average:  Jonathan Aranda (.375)
Hits:  Randy Arozarena (101)
Home Runs:  Isaac Paredes (14)
RBI:  Randy Arozarena (49)
Stolen Bases:  Randy Arozarena (21)
Wins:  Shane McClanahan (10)
Saves:  Colin Poche (7)
ERA:  J.P. Feyereisen (0.00)
 
Detroit Tigers
Batting Average:  Dustin Garneau (.300)
Hits:  Miguel Cabrera (87)
Home Runs:  Jeimer Candelario (10)
RBI:  Javier Baez (41)
Stolen Bases:  Willi Castro (6)
Wins:  Tarik Skubal (7)
Saves:  Gregory Soto (20)
ERA:  Jose Cisnero (1.35)
 
Managers:
Tampa Bay Rays: Kevin Cash (8th season)
Detroit Tigers: A. J. Hinch (2nd season)


Rod Pearson

About the Author:

Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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