Richards expected to start as Rays host the Tigers
St. Petersburg, Florida; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
LINE: Rays favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Niko Goodrum and the Tigers will take on the Rays Sunday.
The Rays are 32-29 in home games. Tampa Bay has slugged .429 this season. Oliver Drake leads the team with a mark of 1.000.
The Tigers are 20-40 on the road. Detroit’s team on-base percentage of .291 is last in the American League. Miguel Cabrera leads the team with an OBP of .334. The Rays won the last meeting 1-0. Colin Poche earned his third victory and Eric Sogard went 2-for-6 with a double for Tampa Bay. Matt Hall registered his first loss for Detroit.
Brandon Dixon leads the Tigers with 14 home runs and is batting .257. Niko Goodrum is 9-for-40 with three doubles, a triple, a home run and three RBIs over the last 10 games for Detroit.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 7-3, .234 batting average, 2.78 ERA, outscored opponents by six runs
Tigers: 4-6, .236 batting average, 5.00 ERA, outscored by 25 runs
Rays Injuries: Blake Snell: (elbow), Tyler Glasnow: (forearm), Yonny Chirinos: (finger), Anthony Banda: (elbow), Tommy Pham: (hand), Avisail Garcia: (right oblique), Joey Wendle: (wrist), Brandon Lowe: (leg), Yandy Diaz: (foot).
Tigers Injuries: Tyson Ross: (nerve), Matt Moore: (knee), Blaine Hardy: (elbow), Michael Fulmer: (elbow), Christin Stewart: (concussion), JaCoby Jones: (wrist), Jeimer Candelario: (thumb), Grayson Greiner: (back).