Price-Odorizzi Sizzling-Hot Duel Will Keep Tigers/Rays Under Total Runs

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:24 PM GMT

We’re going to examine Tuesday’s American League matchup between Detroit and Tampa Bay. Will the Tigers starting pitcher David Price be able to shut down his former team? 

Round 2 on Tuesday for Rays and Tigers
The Rays and Tigers play the second of their three game series today at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida with a slated 7:10 PM ET start.

 

Starting Pitchers
Detroit will go with the ace of their pitching staff today as David Price makes the start. Price has been brilliant in his previous four starts, posting an excellent 1.20 ERA, and compiling nearly a 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Price is 8-2 in his team starts on the road in 2015 with a superb 1.90 ERA. He’s made one career start (8/21/2014) versus his former team (Rays) and was outstanding in that outing, allowing 0 earned runs on 1 hit in 8.0 innings pitched.

Jake Odorizzi will make the start for the Rays on Tuesday. The Tampa Bay right-hander has gone 5-1 under the total at home this season while posting a brilliant 1.40 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. Odorizzi has also gone 10-1 under the total in night games this year, and posted a stellar 2.90 ERA in those appearances.

 

Tigers potent Offense Stalled
The Tigers enter today having scored 2 runs or less in four of their last five, averaged only 6.0 hits per game during that stretch, and went 3-1-1 under the total. Prior to their current five game offensive slump Detroit had scored 5 runs or more in twelve of their previous sixteen.

 

Rays rare Offensive Production
Tampa Bay won the series opener 5-2 on Monday, and it marked the first time they scored more than 4 runs in a game since July 8th at Seattle. The Rays are 8-1-4 under the total in their last thirteen games. They’re averaging a paltry 2.6 runs and 6.8 hits per game in their previous fourteen outings.

 

Final Analysis
This will be the lowest posted total (6.5) of the season for Detroit. With all being considered, I agree with sportsbooks gutsy adjustment in that regard. With two red-hot starting pitchers, a pair of teams struggling to score runs of late, I’m calling for a very low scoring game as one of my MLB picks on Tuesday. 5Dimes will be receiving my call for this wager based on a favorable price.

MLB Pick: Tigers and Rays under 6.5 (+100) at 5Dimes.