Tigers vs Rays Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 16 (9/16): MLB

Tigers vs Rays Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 16 (9/16): MLB

  • Ajay
  • Ajay
  • Sep 16, 2021, 10:54:44 AM

Credit: photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Time 7:10 p.m. EST
Tigers money line +175
Tigers run line +1.5 (-120)
Rays money line -227
Rays run line -1.5 (-108)
Over / under 8.5 (-110)


Key stats
  Tigers Rays
Record 70-76 90-56
Road / home record 31-40 45-26
Last 10 record 6-4 4-6
Streak W3 L1
Over / under record 64-76-6 79-59-8
Runs / game 4.37 5.37
Runs allowed / game 4.76 4.18



The Detroit Tigers are at Tropicana Field for the first of a four-game series against the AL East leaders Tampa Bay Rays.  It's their first road trip to face Tampa Bay this season.  The Tigers have won four of their last 5 games.  Those wins include a 2-0 series win over the Brewers which came after they defeated the Rays 2-1 at home.  This time, Detroit is in St. Petersburg trying to upset the Rays once again.  The Rays are close to wrapping up their division, but their recent form has been worrisome.  They've lost 3 of their last four games which include a loss to the Tigers and a 2-1 series loss to the Blue Jays. 

Pitching matchup


Tyler Alexander (2-2, 4.09 ERA) Tyler Alexander will take the mound tonight for his 12th start of the season.  Alexander is 2-2 with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP across 37 games in 2021, where he claimed 71 strikeouts and only walked 21 in 81 innings pitched.  He had 4 of those strikeouts and two walks through 4.1 innings in one game against the Rays this season.  In that game, he also went for a single ER off 5 hits.  


Dietrich Enns (1-0, 3.38 ERA) It's a first start of the season for Dietrich Enns.  He's 1.0 in six games so far this season with a 3.38 ERA and a WHIP of 0.96, striking out 27 batters and walking 9.  Enns didn't give up a single hit through 4 innings in one game against the Tigers this season and managed to claim six strikeouts. 


The Rays have been showing some inconsistent for recently but still find themselves on the cusp of clinching the division.  They will want to start off this series with a win at home after losing to the Tigers on the road.  They can be encouraged by the fact that their last loss in Detroit was a narrow one.  Detroit won't have enough for a Rays team who have the 4th best home record in the majors.

PICK: Rays money line (-227)

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