Jordan Zimmermann (6-2, 2.45 ERA) gets the start for the Detroit Tigers (20-22) as they go up against Chris Archer (3-4, 4.38 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (20-20) in the last of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 5-4, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 22 and will air on FSDT and SUN.
In his last start, Zimmermann pitched 7.0 innings, allowing eight runs (one unearned) and striking out nine in a 10-8 victory over the Twins. Nick Castellanos (.338, 20 Rs, 8 HRs, 30 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Rays were victorious over the Blue Jays 12-2 the last time Archer pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out seven and walking four. Steve Pearce (.303, 16 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The Tigers are a -115 favorite with a total of 8.
Pick - TB
The Rays lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Tigers are 6-6. The Rays are 3-5 in close games this season.
The Tigers are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 15 strikeouts. The Rays have a record of 2-2 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 3-14. The Tigers have a 4-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Detroit ranks in the top 10 of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 54 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top five at second with 61.
Detroit and Tampa Bay both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Detroit sits at 24th with 117 this season and Tampa Bay ranks 23rd with 119.
When the Tigers hit at least one home run, they are 19-12. When the Rays hit at least one homer, they have an 18-14 record.