Game of the Day: Rays at Tigers

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Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers (+105,
7.5)

Logan Forsythe was struggling much like his Tampa Bay Rays in
mid-June, batting .178 and spending plenty of time watching
from the bench. Forsythe has batted .431 since then to help
ignite the Rays, who look to finish their 11-game road trip
with nine victories when they visit the Detroit Tigers on
Sunday night. Runs will be hard to come by as Detroit’s Rick
Porcello, coming off the first two shutouts of his career,
takes the mound against David Price — the major-league
strikeout leader.

The Rays have taken two of three in the series and lost only
once in their last eight as Forsythe boasts three homers and
eight RBIs on the road trip. The Tigers have dropped the last
two after winning 12 of their previous 14 and lead the American
League Central while hot-hitting Victor Martinez is day-to-day
with a sore back. J.D Martinez is 8-for-19 with two homers and
five RBIs in July though for the Tigers.

TV: 8 p.m. ET; ESPN

LINE HISTORY: Books opened the Tigers -104
home faves, but that line has moved to +105. The total opened
7.5.

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Rays (+103), Tigers
(-188)

INJURY REPORT: Rays:
SS Yunel Escobar (Shoulder/Out), LF David
DeJesus (Hand/Out) Tigers: DH Victor
Martinez (Back/Doubtful)

WHAT THE CAPPERS SAY: “These teams were both
considered playoff contenders when the season began, but only
Detroit has lived up to expectations so far. Tampa Bay has
underachieved and they must turn things around soon in order to
compete in the ultra-competitive AL East division. Neither team
has much home field advantage as both clubs have performed
better overall on the road this season.” – Covers Experts’
Steve Merril

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays LH David Price (7-7,
3.50 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Rick Porcello (11-4, 3.12)

After a five-game winless streak, Price has won three of his
last four starts while yielding only seven runs over 31 1/3
innings. The Vanderbilt product leads the majors in
strikeout-walk ratio (153-17, 9.00), but has surrendered 17
homers – among the most in the majors. Miguel Cabrera is only
1-for-14 with six strikeouts against Price, who is 4-1 with a
2.23 ERA in seven appearances (five starts) versus Detroit.

Before Porcello’s two shutouts, he blanked Cleveland over six
innings on six hits in his previous start to begin a three-game
winning streak. The 25-year-old New Jersey native has permitted
two or fewer runs in 10 of his 16 starts in 2014 and 96 hits in
106 2/3 innings overall. Desmond Jennings is 3-for-10 in his
career against Porcello, who is 2-2 in five career starts
versus Tamps Bay with a 2.73 ERA.


TWEET BEAT:

TRENDS:

*Rays are 6-1 in their last 7 overall.
*Tigers are 23-7 in Porcellos last 30 starts.
*Under is 5-0 in Porcellos last 5 starts vs. Rays
*Rays are 7-16 in the last 23
meetings.

COVERS CONSENSUS: 61.9 percent of backers
are taking the Tigers at +102

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