The general rule of thumb as MLB betting fans might know is that it’s great pitching that usually takes a team to the playoffs. That said, if you don’t put any runs on the board, no amount of solid pitching efforts are going to be enough to bail you out. This is something that the Tampa Bay Rays are finding out the hard way, as it now looks as though they will miss the playoffs for the second straight year. They will play the final of 3 games in Detroit on Wednesday.
Detroit Tigers vs Tampa Bay Rays MLB Game InformationDate/Time: Wednesday September 9, 7:08 PM ETVenue: Comerica Park, Detroit, MichiganTV: FS-DRadio: 97.1 The TicketOpening Lines: Tampa Bay -135, Detroit +130 Jake Odorizzi (6-8, 3.35 ERA) comes into this one having gone winless in his last 7 starts.While the Detroit Tigers (63-74) can certainly point to injuries as being part of their problem this season, you still have to wonder if this team would have been good enough to compete even if everyone had remained healthy. The unfortunate thing here is that the performance of Miguel Cabrera this season has been somewhat lost amid the poor performances of his surrounding cast.He is well on the way to having a career year in a number of different offensive areas, but his heroics have simply not been enough to lift a mediocre team out of the AL Central cellar. If they continue to play the way they have been (3-7 in their last 10), the cellar is almost certainly where they will stay. Kyle Lobstein (3-6, 5.02 ERA) will be trying to snap a 4-game losing streak when he takes to the mound on Wednesday.
Key Betting Trends
- Tampa Bay is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Detroit
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Detroit
- Detroit is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay