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Rays Vs Tigers: MLB Betting Odds & Trends – 5/18/2022

The Tampa Bay Rays (22-15) will look for another big outing from a hitter on a hot streak when they match up against the Detroit Tigers (13-24) on Wednesday at 1:10 PM ET at Tropicana Field. Brett Phillips is currently on a two-game home run streak. Tampa Bay’s (-194 to win) Drew Rasmussen gets the start against Detroit’s (+160) Eduardo Rodriguez.

The betting trends in this article reference odds valid as of May 17, 2022 at 11:24 PM ET.

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Rays vs Tigers Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Rasmussen (TB) Pitcher Rodriguez (DET)
3 – 1 W/L 1 – 2
33.2 IP 38.2
2.67 ERA 3.72
0.921 WHIP 1.190
7.2 K/9 7.9
2.1 BB/9 3.5

Rays Probable Starter Drew Rasmussen

  • Rasmussen makes the start for the Rays, his eighth of the season. He is 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings pitched.
  • In his last appearance on Friday, the right-hander went 5 2/3 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing one earned run while surrendering three hits.
  • The 26-year-old has an ERA of 2.67, with 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings, in seven games this season.
  • Rasmussen heads into this game with one quality start under his belt this year.
  • He will take the mound against a Tigers offense that ranks 20th in MLB with 266 total hits (on a .223 batting average). The squad also slugs a collective .318 (29th in MLB) with 19 total home runs (30th in MLB).

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 17, 2022 at 11:24 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Tigers Probable Starter Eduardo Rodriguez

  • The Tigers will hand the ball to Rodriguez (1-2) for his eighth start of the season.
  • The left-hander’s last appearance was on Friday, when he threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Baltimore Orioles while allowing five hits.
  • The 29-year-old has pitched to a 3.72 ERA this season with 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 3.5 walks per nine across seven games.
  • If he completes six or more innings with three or fewer earned runs allowed, he’ll earn his third quality start in a row.
  • The Rays have scored 156 runs this season, which ranks 12th in MLB. They are batting .236 for the campaign with 35 home runs, 13th in the league.
  • Among qualified Major League pitchers this season, the 29-year-old’s 3.72 ERA ranks 35th, 1.190 WHIP ranks 34th, and 7.9 K/9 ranks 31st.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 17, 2022 at 11:24 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Rays Betting Trends

  • The Rays have compiled a 17-10 record in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 63% of those games).
  • Tampa Bay has a 3-5 record (winning only 37.5% of its games) when playing as a moneyline favorite of -194 or shorter.
  • The implied moneyline probablility in this matchup gives the Rays a 66% chance to win.
  • Tampa Bay has played in 37 games with set over/under, and has combined with opponents to go over the total 17 times (17-18-2).
  • The Rays have a 17-20-0 record ATS this season (covering 45.9% of the time).

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Tigers Betting Trends

  • The Tigers have been underdogs in 25 games this season and won eight (32%) of those contests.
  • Detroit has a record of 2-7 in games where oddsmakers have them as underogs of at least +160 on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline for this contest implies a 38.5% chance of a victory for the Tigers.
  • Detroit and its opponents have gone over the total this season in 11 of their 37 opportunities.
  • The Tigers are 17-20-0 against the spread in their 37 chances this season.

Rays Players to Watch

  • Wander Franco has 39 hits with a .431 slugging percentage, both team-best marks for the Rays. He’s batting .271 with nine doubles, a triple, four home runs and five walks.
  • Franco ranks 49th in batting average, 119th in on base percentage, and 58th in slugging among the qualifying hitters in baseball.
  • Yandy Diaz has three doubles, three home runs and 21 walks while hitting .269, and paces his team with a .402 on-base percentage.
  • Diaz currently ranks 53rd in batting average, fifth in on base percentage, and 102nd in slugging among qualifying hitters.
  • Randy Arozarena has 10 doubles, a triple, two home runs and seven walks while batting .223.
  • Harold Ramirez has four doubles and five walks while batting .307.

Rays Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Wander Franco 144 .271 22 4 16 .291 .722
Randy Arozarena 139 .223 16 2 11 .264 .617
Yandy Díaz 104 .269 16 3 9 .402 .787
Kevin Kiermaier 90 .200 13 4 10 .250 .628
Taylor Walls 86 .174 9 1 3 .290 .557
Mike Zunino 80 .150 5 3 10 .198 .498
Harold Ramirez 75 .307 10 0 9 .361 .721
Brett Phillips 68 .191 7 4 9 .253 .635
Ji-Man Choi 67 .269 7 2 14 .380 .813
Francisco Mejía 40 .300 7 2 11 .293 .793

Tigers Players to Watch

  • Jeimer Candelario is batting .203 with three home runs and 12 RBI for Detroit this season.
  • Candelario ranks 144th in batting average, 163rd in on-base percentage and 133rd in slugging percentage among all qualified hitters in the majors.
  • Miguel Cabrera leads Detroit in slugging percentage (.407) and total hits (34) this season.
  • Cabrera is currently 28th in batting average, 70th in on-base percentage and 80th in slugging percentage among all qualifying hitters.
  • Javier Baez has 23 hits this season and has a slash line of .211/.252/.321.
  • Jonathan Schoop is batting .164 with a .206 OBP and eight RBI for Detroit this season.

Tigers Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Jonathan Schoop 134 .164 10 3 8 .206 .467
Jeimer Candelario 128 .203 14 3 12 .250 .586
Miguel Cabrera 118 .288 12 3 14 .333 .740
Robbie Grossman 112 .214 10 0 10 .338 .588
Javier Báez 109 .211 8 2 11 .252 .573
Spencer Torkelson 101 .158 7 3 9 .280 .537
Tucker Barnhart 78 .269 3 0 4 .313 .621
Harold Castro 61 .311 8 1 6 .328 .771
Willi Castro 55 .309 6 1 4 .350 .768
Eric Haase 55 .164 4 2 4 .233 .524

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