Matt Boyd (1-5, 8.36 ERA) and Erasmo Ramirez (10-5, 3.84 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (63-74) and the Tampa Bay Rays (67-70) at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 5-4 and Detroit leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:08 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 8 and can be seen on SUN and FSDT.
Boyd pitched 1.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering six runs and walking two in a 15-7 defeat to the Royals. Ramirez went 4.0 innings, surrendering four runs and striking out three in a 7-6 defeat to the Orioles in his most recent start. Steven Souza Jr. (.214, 47 Rs, 15 HRs, 34 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with two runs.
Tampa Bay takes on Detroit as a -122 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers have recorded an overall money line of -1,176 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 28-45. Detroit has recorded a disappointing 2-7 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Tigers have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.7 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.3 runs per game. Detroit's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 7.5 runs per game, well above its season average of 5.0.
In games where it is the favorite, Tampa Bay has a 32-30 record and an overall money line of -428.
The Tigers have a 44-59 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Ramirez takes the mound. Boyd (LHP) will be on the hill against the Rays, who have a very good 24-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Under
In their last game, the Rays lost by a margin of one run. The Tigers are 21-18 in one-run games. The Rays have a 24-25 record in close games.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rays have a 26-37 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 8-52. The Rays have a 13-41 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top half of the league based on total home runs this season, Detroit ranks 13th with 138 homers and Tampa Bay is 15th with 134.
Detroit ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.38 per game this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top half at 12th with 8.38.
Ranking 21st, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.714). Detroit ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .756.
The Rays are 31-53 when they allow at least one home run. The Tigers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 31-58 record.