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Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays,
7-11-2018 - Expert Prediction

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#913 Detroit
Tigers 8
#914 Tampa Bay
Rays -135

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 12:10pm

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Game Stats

Detroit Tigers
J. ZIMMERMANN

40 - 54

4
W's
0
L's
3.67
ERA
1.05
WHIP

Tampa Bay Rays
H. WOOD

47 - 44

0
W's
0
L's
0
ERA
0
WHIP

Detroit Tigers (40-53 SU, 47-45 RL, 2-6-1 O/U) vs Tampa Bay Rays (46-44 SU, 54-35 RL, 2-6-1 O/U)

MLB: Wednesday, July 11, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida, 12:10 PM ET.

The Tampa Bay Rays will be going for the series win when they face the Detroit Tigers in the final game of their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon.

Jordan Zimmermann, who is 4-0 with a 3.51 ERA, will get the start for the Tigers. The Rays have not yet announced their starter for the game.

Tigers Trying To Snap Losing Streak

The Tigers haven’t had much going for them lately, and find themselves in the middle of another slump. They have lost their last two games and five of their last seven games, but they are hoping to snap the streak on Wednesday with Zimmerman, who has played well this season, at the mound.

Detroit has struggled offensively during their slump, but they exploded for nine runs in a 10-9 loss to the Rays on Monday and will be hoping their bats get hot again on Wednesday afternoon.

The Tigers have a .248 batting average, which is 13th in the league. Their .307 on base percentage is 25th, while their .390 slugging percentage is 24th in the league. The Tigers have scored 375 runs this season, which is 23rd in the league.

Detroit’s pitching hasn’t been much better, but players like Zimmerman have come up big for the team this season. Opponents have a .255 batting average against the Tigers, which is 22nd in the league. Their 4.38 ERA is 21st, while their 1.34 WHIP is 20th in the league.

In his last start, Zimmerman gave up four hits and one earned run in eight innings, helping the Tigers get a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers. They will need another solid performance from him to get the win on Wednesday.

Rays Going For Second Consecutive Series Win

The Rays have been hot over the past two weeks, winning 12 of their last 16 games. They will be hoping to stay hot when they put their four-game win streak on the line against the Tigers in the series finale on Wednesday. They will also be trying to reduce their deficit in the Wildcard race when they play the Tigers.

Offensively, the Rays have been inconsistent this season, but they have been playing very well over the past two weeks. They have a .251 batting average, which is 11th in the league. Their .324 on base percentage is ninth, while their .387 slugging percentage is 25th in the league. The Rays have scored 357 runs this season, which is 25th in the league.

Tampa Bay’s pitching has been great this season, and their pitching staff has kept the team alive during their offensive droughts. Opponents have a .224 batting average against the Rays, which is third in the league. Their 3.56 ERA is fifth, while their 1.18 WHIP is third in the league.

With Zimmerman getting the start for the Tigers, the Rays will need to play well on the offensive end to give themselves a chance to win this one.

Trends

Detroit is:

  • 13-39 in their last 52 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • 5-16 in their last 21 overall.
  • 6-21 in their last 27 road games vs. a team with a winning record.

Tampa Bay is:

  • 4-0 in their last 4 vs. American League Central.
  • 6-0 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing record.
  • 12-4 in their last 16 overall.

The Tigers haven’t played well on the road this season, especially when they go against teams with winning records. The Rays have been great in their last 16 games, especially at home.

Pick: Tampa Bay

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