The Detroit Tigers (51-47), on paper have one of the best lineups in the MLB betting action but this team is snake bit. How else do you explain the late –last minute, really- collapse of this team last year in the AL Central after dominating the division for most of the season? This year the team has begun its slide down the baseball odds standings a bit early and looks to be in a complete downward spiral as we enter the month of August.
But the beauty of it all is that despite going 3-7 over their past 10 games and being no-hit by the Rays earlier in the week this Tigers team is just 3.0 games out first. Trailing, the red hot White Sox (54-44) and the Minnesota Twinkies (54-46).
The Rays (60-38) are also a team that sits 3.0 games back in their division. However, it’s a bit of different story as the Rays play in the ridiculously difficult AL East, the most competitive in MLB betting, and even though not in the lead, this team is far from slumping. Tampa has one of the best starting rotations in the AL baseball odds and seems to get better as the year progresses. This team seems a lock for the MLB betting playoffs, as either a division winner or a sure thing wildcard.
When these two teams meet on Tropicana Field on Wednesday July 28th this should be an excellent exhibition on baseball and a great chance to engage in some MLB betting action.
The Rays will start pitcher Jeff Nieman who has been superb the entire season. His 8-3 record and 2.95 ERA with 94 Ks in 129 innings would make him the star of most staffs but not the talent rich Rays where he’s merely a second or third option.
The Tigers will send out Eddie Bonine in a somewhat unusual move. Bonine is bull pen man who will get his first start of the season in an attempt to stop this team’s slide in the baseball betting action. But what he lacks in starts he makes up for in wins (4-0, 2.72 ERA). However coming in to clean up a starters mess in the middle innings is much different that starting a game an going 5+ innings.
Expect the Bonine experiment to backfire and the Rays and Nieman to get another win in their crappy baseball “stadium”.