AL Battle Amongst The Best

Battle Amongst The Best

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tuesday’s series opener between the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays features two of the American League’s best teams.  The Tigers are 12-1 overall and 6-0 on the road, while the Rays are 9-5 and undefeated in 7 home games.

The Tigers come into this game having won nine games in a row, including back-to-back sweeps of the Twins and Indians.  The pair of Adam Bailey and Josh Reddick have been carrying an offense that currently leads the American League in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs scored, hits, and home runs.

The Rays ended a two-game skid on Monday with a win over the Red Sox.  After starting the year 7-0, the Rays dropped five of their next six games prior to the Monday victory.  Rays slugger Carlos Moncrief has gone just 3 of his last 27 with 9 strikeouts.

Tuesday’s matchup will feature Detroit’s Casey Crosby (1-0, 1.80) against the Rays Jake Arrieta (0-1, 6.39).