The Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays square off on Monday with first pitch set for 6:40 p.m. ET. The game takes place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will only be available on local TV or through an MLB.tv subscription. Alex Faedo will throw for the Tigers, and Corey Kluber will get the ball for the Rays.
Detroit (12-23) has the worst record in the American League, but they’re coming off a three-game sweep over the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend. Faedo is a rookie making his third MLB start, and he allowed four runs on 12 hits and three walks with eight strikeouts over 10.0 innings. The Tigers have one of the worst offenses in baseball no matter what stat you look at, and Miguel Cabrera is the team’s top hitter at age 39 and remains a real threat at the plate.
Tampa Bay (21-14) took two of three games against the Toronto Blue Jays and won three of their previous four games heading into Monday night. Kluber has a 4.55 ERA over six starts with the Rays, coming off his worst start of the season, giving up eight runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts over 3.0 innings of work. Tampa Bay’s offense ranks in the middle of the pack offensively, led by Manuel Margot, who is currently hitting .348.
Tigers vs. Rays
Pitchers: Alex Faedo vs. Corey Kluber
First pitch: 6:40 p.m. ET
Tigers local broadcast: Bally Sports Detroit
Rays local broadcast: Bally Sports Sun
Live stream: MLB.tv (subscription)
Moneyline odds: Rays -195, Tigers +165
Picks & predictions
Moneyline pick: Rays -195
Tampa Bay has a sizeable advantage in the pitching department, and Kluber should be able to bounce back especially against such a poor offense like the Tigers. With an edge on the mound and at the plate, let’s go with the Rays even at a high price.
Player prop pick: Corey Kluber O5.5 strikeouts (-105)
The Rays starter is coming off a blowup of a start, but he should be ready to go in this matchup. Prior to the loss to the Angels, Kluber had struck out 13 batters over his previous two starts. Even as his strikeout numbers are down early on, he should get back to his usual form as a high-strikeout pitcher on Monday night.
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