Rays vs. Tigers Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Sunday, April 2, 2023

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Rays vs. Tigers Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Sunday, April 2, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Detroit Tigers (0-2 look to avoid the sweep when they visit the Tampa Bay Rays (2-0) in the final game of a three-game set. Bookmakers have listed the Rays as -231 favorites, while the Tigers are +192 underdogs to pick up a win.

Jeffrey Springs starts for Tampa Bay while Joey Wentz is Detroit’s starter for the contest.

Rays vs. Tigers Odds

  • Rays odds to win: -231
  • Tigers odds to win: +192
  • Spread: Rays -1.5
  • Total: 7.5 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Sunday, April 2, 2023
  • Time: 1:10 PM ET

Who Will Win Rays vs. Tigers?

Rays and Tigers Betting Trends (2022)

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

Tampa Bay had a record of 4-2 in games it played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -231 or shorter last year (66.7%).

Last season, the Tigers won 53 out of the 136 games, or 39%, in which they were the underdog.

Last season, Detroit won seven of its 19 games, or 36.8%, when it was the underdog by at least +192 on the moneyline.

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.

The Tigers and their opponents hit the over in 61 of their 162 games with a total last season.

Rays Stats & Insights (2022)

Last season the Rays were the 21st-highest scoring team in baseball averaging 4.1 runs per game (666 total).

Tampa Bay ranked 25th in MLB with 139 home runs last season. It averaged 0.9 per game.

The Rays ranked 17th in MLB with a .239 batting average.

The club struck out 8.6 times per game to rank 19th in baseball.

The pitching staff for the Rays had a collective 8.7 K/9 last season, which ranked 12th in MLB.

Tampa Bay’s 3.41 team ERA ranked fourth across all MLB pitching staffs.

Tigers Stats & Insights (2022)

The Tigers were among the lowest scoring teams in the league, ranking last with just 556 total runs (3.4 per game) last season.

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

The Tigers had a team batting average of .231 last season, which ranked 25th among MLB teams.

Detroit ranked 21st with an average of 8.7 strikeouts per game.

The Tigers had a 7.6 K/9 last season as a pitching staff, which ranked 25th in the majors.

Detroit pitched to a 4.06 last season, which ranked 21st in baseball.

Rays Key Players to Watch (2022)

Springs starts for the first time this season for the Rays.

Yandy Diaz finished last season with a .296 batting average while adding nine home runs and 57 RBI.

Randy Arozarena batted .263 last season with a team-high 20 home runs and 89 RBI.

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

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

Tigers Key Players to Watch (2022)

Wentz gets the nod for the Tigers and will make his first start of the season.

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

Jonathan Schoop had 23 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs and 20 walks while hitting .202.

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), Brandon Lowe: day-to-day (Toe)

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 8, Tigers 1
  • Total Prediction: Over 7.5 runs
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