Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers odds, tips and betting trends | May 16

The Detroit Tigers (12-23) will visit the Tampa Bay Rays (21-14), Monday at 6:40 PM ET, in the first of a three-game series.

The Tigers are an underdog away (+169) at the Rays (-202). The Rays will give the ball to Corey Kluber (1-2) against the Tigers and Alex Faedo.

The Rays were vicotrious 3-0 over the Blue Jays yesterday in their last game. Matt Wisler was named the winning pitcher after throwing 1 1/3 innings without giving up a hit or an earned run while striking out one, while Vidal Brujan went 1-for-3 with a double to lead them offensively.

Yesterday, the Tigers defeated the Orioles 5-1. Tarik Skubal was the winning pitcher after throwing six innings without giving up an earned run on three hits, while striking out 11. Harold Castro led the Tigers’ offense, going 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI.

To prepare for this Rays vs. Tigers matchup, here is what you need to prepare for Monday’s MLB action.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers Odds and Betting Lines

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  • Favorite: Rays (-202, bet $202 to win $100)
  • Underdog: Tigers (+169, bet $100 to win $169)
  • Over/under: 7.5

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Rays Stats and Trends

Rays Betting Records

  • The Rays have won 16, or 64%, of the 25 games they’ve played as favorites this season.
  • Tampa Bay has a record of 2-3 when favored by -202 or more by oddsmakers this season.
  • Sportsbooks have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Rays have a 66.9% chance to win.
  • Games involving Tampa Bay have gone over the total set by oddsmakers in 16 of 35 chances this season.
  • The Rays have an ATS record of 17-18-0 in 35 games with a spread this season.

Corey Kluber (Rays Probable Starter)

  • Kluber (1-2) will take the mound for the Rays, his seventh start of the season.
  • The right-hander gave up eight earned runs and allowed 11 hits in three innings pitched against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
  • The 36-year-old has pitched in six games this season with a 4.55 ERA and 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings with a batting average against of .282.
  • In six starts this season, he’s earned two quality starts.
  • Kluber has made four starts of five or more innings in six chances this season, and averages 4.3 frames when he pitches.
  • The Tigers are batting .224 this season, 26th in MLB. They have a team slugging percentage of .316 (29th in the league) with 16 home runs.

Rays Batting Stats

  • The Rays have hit 31 homers this season, which ranks 15th in the league.
  • Hitters for the Rays combine for a team rank 16th of in the majors with a .375 team slugging percentage.
  • Tampa Bay’s .234 batting average ranks 15th in the league this season.
  • The Rays rank 13th in the league with 146 total runs scored this season.
  • Tampa Bay has the 19th-ranked on-base percentage in MLB this season (.301).
  • The Rays rank 22nd in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 8.7 whiffs per contest.

Tigers Stats and Trends

Tigers Betting Records

  • The Tigers have won in seven, or 30.4%, of the 23 contests they have been named as odds-on underdogs in this year.
  • Detroit has a win-loss record of 1-4 when favored by +169 or worse by oddsmakers this year.
  • The moneyline set for this matchup implies the Tigers have a 37.2% chance of walking away with the win.
  • Detroit and its opponents have gone over the total this season in 10 of their 35 opportunities.
  • The Tigers have posted a record of 15-20-0 against the spread this season.

Alex Faedo (Tigers Probable Starter)

  • Faedo makes his first start of the season for the Tigers.
  • The 26-year-old righty makes his season debut and pitches for the first time in more than a year.
  • The Rays rank 13th in MLB play with 146 runs scored this season, and are batting .234 with 31 home runs (15th in baseball).

Tigers Batting Stats

  • The Tigers are last in MLB play with 16 home runs.
  • So far this season, the Tigers are slugging .316, the second-lowest average in baseball.
  • Detroit is 26th in MLB with a .224 batting average.
  • The offense for the Tigers is No. 30 in MLB play scoring 2.9 runs per game (100 total runs).
  • Detroit’s .291 on-base percentage ranks 23rd in baseball.
  • The Tigers strike out 8.3 times per game to rank 15th in baseball.

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