Michael Fulmer (2-1, 6.52 ERA) and Drew Smyly (2-4, 3.44 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (19-22) and the Tampa Bay Rays (20-19) at Comerica Park. The Rays won the last game 7-5, and Tampa Bay leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 21 and can be seen on FSDT and SUN.
Fulmer pitched 4.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking three in a 6-5 win over the Orioles. Ian Kinsler (.316, 38 Rs, 10 HRs, 24 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run. Smyly went 5.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out six and walking four in a 13-2 win over the Blue Jays in his most recent start. Steven Souza Jr. (.276, 19 Rs, 9 HRs, 18 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Tampa Bay is a -120 favorite and the total is 8.5.
Pick - TB
For the fifth time this season, the Rays registered at least two errors in a game.
The Tigers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are coming in with a 5-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 3-13. The Tigers have a 4-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Tampa Bay has hit 60 this season. Detroit ranks ninth with 51 home runs.
Detroit and Tampa Bay both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Detroit sits at 24th with 114 this season and Tampa Bay ranks 23rd with 116.
When the Tigers hit at least one home run, they are 18-12. When the Rays hit at least one homer, they have an 18-13 record.