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Diamondbacks Favored to Extend Winning Streak Against Tigers in 2024 MLB Season Opener

The 2024 Major League Baseball season kicks off on Friday, May 17, with the Detroit Tigers facing the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks are looking to extend their winning streak against the Tigers to five games after sweeping them last season. Tarik Skubal will take the mound for Detroit, while Ryne Nelson will start for Arizona. Detroit is the betting favorite for the game, opening at -153 and currently at -141.

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  • Moneyline: Tigers -141 | Diamondbacks +125
  • Spread: Tigers -1.5 (+116) | Diamondbacks +1.5 (-136)
  • Total: Over/Under 8 (-110)
  • Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that Detroit will win straight-up is 59%.

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Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers have been struggling recently, losing four straight series and winning just three of their last 12 games. Despite a strong performance from pitcher Tarik Skubal, the team has had trouble scoring runs and hitting for power. The Tigers have a power ranking of 11 and are ranked 21st in offense, scoring an average of 4.00 runs per game. On Friday, Skubal will take the mound at Chase Field with an impressive record of 5-0 and a 2.02 ERA this season. Detroit is currently 21-22 and looking to turn their season around.

Arizona Diamondbacks Analysis

The Arizona Diamondbacks recently defeated the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 in a three-game series, with Brandon Pfaadt pitching a strong game. Despite being outscored overall in the series, the Diamondbacks have been performing well, scoring an average of 4.89 runs per game and hitting .274 with runners in scoring position. Ryne Nelson will be pitching in the upcoming game, with a 2-2 record and a 5.33 ERA this season. The Diamondbacks have a power ranking of 24 and are ranked 5th in offense, 20th in defense, and have an overall record of 21-23. They recently lost to Detroit in their last three matchups.

Diamondbacks Favored to Win Tight Battle Against Tigers Despite Skubal's Pitching Strength

This upcoming game is anticipated to be closely contested. The Diamondbacks have demonstrated proficiency against left-handed pitchers recently, boasting a .255/.304/.479 slash line with a 120 wRC+ in 102 plate appearances over the last ten days. It will be intriguing to observe how they perform against Tarik Skubal, who has excelled as the top southpaw in baseball this season. The current D-backs have had success against Skubal, going 8-for-18 with two doubles and a home run. Conversely, the current Tigers have struggled against Ryne Nelson, with just a 2-for-12 record including a double. Detroit has posted a 102 wRC+ against right-handed pitchers, but only a 65 wRC+ against lefties in the past ten days. Despite Detroit's pitching advantage with Skubal, their lineup has shown inconsistency, leading me to predict a Diamondbacks victory in this matchup.

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