Detroit Tigers vs Tampa Bay Rays 4-2-2023

Detroit Tigers vs Tampa Bay Rays 4/2/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Detroit Tigers vs Tampa Bay Rays 4/2/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


As the MLB season kicks off, the Detroit Tigers (0-1) and Tampa Bay Rays (1-0) are gearing up for their second matchup.


In their initial clash, the Rays clinched a 4-0 shutout victory over the Tigers, marking the second consecutive game in which the Rays have kept the Tigers scoreless.


Despite both teams recording six hits, the Rays clinched the win with two home runs and two run-scoring singles. The game is scheduled to take place at 4:10 p.m. EST at Tropicana Field in Tampa.


During the first game, Detroit’s offense struggled to find its footing, but Austin Meadows, a former Ray, made a noteworthy return to Tampa in his first game back since being traded.


Meadows played a vital role in the Tigers’ six-hit effort, contributing three hits, including a double.


Although he faced a challenging 2022 season marked by injuries, Meadows’ resurgence to his All-Star 2019 form would be a considerable asset to the Tigers’ batting lineup.


Furthermore, the Tigers’ game two starter, Spencer Turnbull, has the potential to strengthen their rotation in 2023.


  • Detroit is 1-6 SU in their last 7 meetings with the Rays.
  • The total went OVER in 15 of the Tigers’ last 20 games on the road.
  • Detroit is 4-13 SU in their last 17 games on the road against Tampa Bay.

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Detroit Tigers vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions 4/2/2023


The Tampa Bay Rays have a reputation for their exceptional bullpen depth and their ability to discover hidden talents, but this season they have their strongest starting rotation in quite some time.


Shane McClanahan dominated in the first game, and now newly acquired Zach Eflin has a chance to match his performance.


Eflin finished the 2022 season with a 4.04 ERA in 20 appearances for the Phillies, and his record as a starter was 3-5 with an ERA of 4.37.


With a wealth of pitching talent behind him, the Rays are likely to have a short leash on Eflin in his starts.


In 2022, Tampa Bay’s offense struggled to score and slug, finishing 21st in runs scored and 25th in slugging percentage.


Injuries plagued their lineup, but the recent two home runs from Jose Siri and Wander Franco suggest a promising future.


Additionally, Randy Arozarena and Luke Raley each hit run-scoring singles in their opening game against the Detroit Tigers. 


  • The Tampa Bay Rays are 13-7 SU in their last 20 games at home.
  • Tampa Bay is 13-4 SU in their last 17 games at home against Detroit.
  • The total stayed UNDER in 9 of Tampa Bay’s last 11 games with a team in the AL.

Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays. The MLB Pick for this contest is the Tampa Bay Rays. The last seven meetings between these ballclubs have seen the winner take the game by multiple runs.


Six of those wins were by the Tampa Bay Rays, who also held the Tigers scoreless for 18 consecutive innings head-to-head. Tampa is a team built on strong pitching up against an anemic offense.


Even if the Rays’ offense struggles to put up runs, they probably won’t allow more than three on a bad day against Detroit. Expect the Rays to scratch across four or five runs and take this game comfortably predicted at 6-4.


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Detroit Tigers vs Tampa Bay Rays 4/2/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 4:10 PM ET


Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida


Date: Saturday, April 1, 2023                  




MLB Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay Rays -125   


MLB Totals: 7.5


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