Rays vs. Tigers Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Saturday, April 1, 2023

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Rays vs. Tigers Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, April 1, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Tampa Bay Rays (1-0) are favorites (-180) on the moneyline when they take on the Detroit Tigers (0-1) Saturday at 4:10 PM ET, live on BSSUN.

Tampa Bay’s Zach Eflin gets the start, and he’ll go against Detroit’s Spencer Turnbull.

Rays vs. Tigers Odds

  • Rays odds to win: -180
  • Tigers odds to win: +154
  • Spread: Rays -1.5
  • Total: 7 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Saturday, April 1, 2023
  • Time: 4:10 PM ET

Who Will Win Rays vs. Tigers?

Rays and Tigers Betting Trends (2022)

The Rays went 63-43 in games they were favored on the moneyline last season (winning 59.4% of those games).

When it played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -180 or shorter last year, Tampa Bay had a record of 24-9 (72.7%).

The Tigers were underdogs in 136 games last season and won 53 (39%) of those contests.

Detroit had a record of 19-37, a 33.9% win rate, when it was set as the underdog by +154 or more by sportsbooks last season.

The Rays combined with their opponents to hit the over on the total 73 times last season for a 73-82-9 record against the over/under.

Games involving the Tigers went over the total set by oddsmakers in 61 of 162 chances last season.

Rays Stats & Insights (2022)

Last season the Rays scored the 21st-most runs in baseball (666 total, 4.1 per game).

Tampa Bay ranked 25th in MLB with 139 total home runs last season.

The Rays’ .239 batting average ranked 17th in the majors.

The team struck out 8.6 times per game, the No. 19 average in MLB.

The Rays pitching staff was 12th in the majors last season with a collective 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

Tampa Bay had the fourth-ranked team ERA among all MLB pitching staffs (3.41).

Tigers Stats & Insights (2022)

The Tigers scored the fewest runs in the league last season with just 556 (3.4 per game).

Detroit hit just 110 homers last season, which ranked last in the league.

The Tigers’ .231 batting average ranked 25th in the majors last season.

Detroit had the 21st-ranked strikeouts per game rate (8.7) among MLB offenses.

The Tigers struck out 7.6 batters per nine innings as a pitching staff, 25th in MLB.

Detroit had the 21st-ranked ERA (4.06) in the majors last season.

Rays Key Players to Watch (2022)

Eflin will take the mound to start for the Rays, his first this season.

Yandy Diaz hit .296 last season with nine home runs and 57 RBI.

Randy Arozarena slugged 20 homers and finished with 89 RBI.

Harold Ramirez finished last season with six home runs, 59 RBI and a batting average of .300.

Isaac Paredes slugged 20 long balls while driving in 45 runs.

Tigers Key Players to Watch (2022)

The Tigers will send out Turnbull for his first start of the season.

Javier Baez hit 17 home runs and had 67 runs batted in last season, while racking up a batting average of .238.

Jonathan Schoop hit .202 with 23 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs and 20 walks.

Eric Haase hit .254 last season with 17 doubles, a triple, 14 home runs and 25 walks.

Matt Vierling hit .246 with 12 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 23 walks.

Rays and Tigers Injuries

Rays: Shawn Armstrong: 15 Day IL (Neck), Tyler Glasnow: 15 Day IL (Oblique), Shane Baz: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Andrew Kittredge: 60 Day IL (Elbow)

Tigers: Tyler Nevin: 10 Day IL (Oblique), Michael Lorenzen: 15 Day IL (Groin), Beau Brieske: 15 Day IL (Arm), Casey Mize: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Tarik Skubal: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Freddy Pacheco: 60 Day IL (Elbow)

Rays vs. Tigers Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Rays 5, Tigers -1
  • Total Prediction: Under 7 runs
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