Tampa Bay Rays @ Detroit Tigers 8/5/23 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Tampa Bay Rays (67-45) at Detroit Tigers (48-61)

Game Info: Saturday, August 5th, 2023 at  1:10 p.m. EST (Comerica Park)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays ML (-148) - Over/Under (8)

Pick: Tampa Bay Rays ML (-148)

Saturday afternoon takes us to Comerica Park where the Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers will play the second game of a three-game weekend series. Both of these teams are having entirely different seasons, and heading in two entirely different directions for the future as well. Tampa Bay already picked up the first victory of the series on Friday night as they blasted the Detroit Tigers on the road.

The Tampa Bay Rays have been one of the best teams in all of Major League Baseball this season. Despite stumbling coming out of the All-Star break they are still out looking to prove that they are the best team in baseball this year. After their historic start to the season they finished off the first half of the 2023 Major League Baseball regular season strong. However, like many great teams, they hit a wall coming out of the All-Star break and stumbled around for about a week and a half. Now they are starting to get things back together and they will be looking to get back into first place in the American League East division and catch the Baltimore Orioles after giving up the lead a couple weeks ago. 

Former Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher, Aaron Civale will be getting his first start in a Tampa Bay Rays uniform here on Saturday afternoon. He will be going up against the Detroit Tigers team that he is very familiar with given the fact that Cleveland and Detroit both play in the American League Central division and see each other several times every single year. In my opinion, that gives Tampa Bay a massive edge in this game as they have a familiar face getting the ball and he is going up against familiar opposition as well. On top of that Tampa Bay’s lineup gives them an advantage over 28 other teams in all of Major League Baseball outside of maybe the Atlanta Braves. Tampa Bay comes into this game with a record of 67-45 through the first 112 games of the season. 

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It has been a less than impressive year for the Detroit Tigers but despite the struggles they are still well within striking distance to win the American League Central division. As Detroit is only a handful of games behind Cleveland for second place and Minnesota for first place. However, they will certainly have to get things turned around quickly and if they play anything like they did on Friday night against Tampa Bay, they might as well forget even trying to play catch-up with the American League Central division. Detroit looked absolutely awful in the opening game of this series on Friday night and they will be desperate to bounce back and get a much-needed victory in the middle game of the series here on Saturday afternoon at home.

The Detroit Tigers will have to be a lot more productive at the plate after they managed to not score a single run in the opening game of the series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. That is a problem that has been bothering the Detroit Tigers all season long as they have struggled to manufacture runs, and it has cost them plenty of victories throughout the year. They come into the second game of this series with a record of 48-61 through their first 109 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. They have now fallen even farther away from first place in the division after the Minnesota Twins picked up a victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Tampa Bay is 25-14 as a road favorite this year

- Detroit is 15-26 as a home underdog this season

- Detroit is 29-31 after a loss this season

I look for Tampa Bay to grab a second consecutive comfortable victory over the Detroit Tigers here on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park. Aaron Civale has had no problem shutting down the Detroit Tigers in the past and I look for him to do the same here on Saturday afternoon on the road. As I could easily see Tampa Bay holding Detroit to another lackluster day at the plate, and putting up another crooked number on the board as well.

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