Tampa Bay at Detroit MLB Betting Pick & Thursday Night Game Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on June 14, 2017 in

The Tampa Bay Rays (35-32) open a four-game weekend set in Detroit against the Tigers (30-33) on Thursday night. The Rays knocked off the Blue Jays in Toronto, 8-1, on Tuesday night and have won two in a row and six of their last seven. The Tigers opened a two-game interleague set against Arizona on Tuesday, falling 7-6, and have lost five of their last seven. It’s an important series for both teams, as we get closer to the midseason.

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Tampa Bay at Detroit MLB Betting Pick & Thursday Night Game Info

When: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7:10pm ET
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit
Radio: Tampa Bay / Detroit
Live Stream: MLB.tv
Pitching Matchup: Alex Cobb (5-5, 4.29 ERA) (TB) vs Justin Verlander (4-4, 4.68 ERA) (DET)

Why should you bet on the Rays?

Alex Cobb threw six solid innings his last time out, limiting the Oakland A’s to four hits and one earned run while fanning five hitters. Corey Dickerson (4-5, HR) was the biggest offensive hero for the Rays in Tuesday’s win, but he is just one of several Tampa Bay hitters who are finding their stroke. Taylor Featherston launched his first home of the year in that game, and Logan Morrison went deep as well. If they can continue to show that offensive balance as they move up to Motor City, they should have a great chance to take down Detroit.

Detroit is the MLB Betting Favorite to Beat Tampa Bay on Thursday

Why should you put your money on the Tigers?

It’s always hard to argue for a wager against Justin Verlander. In his career against Tampa Bay, he has posted a 2-0 record and a 1.57 ERA in three starts, although he has not pitched against them in 2017. This will be his second start after coming out of a June 4 start due to a tight groin. Justin Upton has had his power stroke lately. In Sunday’s win over Boston, Upton nailed the right-field foul pole with a grand slam, and Nicholas Castellanos joined the home run party with a two-run shot of his own.

MLB Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Tampa Bay is heading in a solid direction right now. Even though Verlander is on the mound for Detroit, his numbers aren’t so great this year. I see the Rays getting the road win, 4-2.