Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians Betting Preview

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The Tampa Bay Rays will be squaring off against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. This AL matchup can be viewed across the country on Fox Sports One and the opening pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians Odds

Both teams have matching -105 moneyline odds and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this game at 8 runs. Odds for wagering on the game’s total stand at -105 for the over and -115 for the under. Gamblers can also bet on the game’s runline with the odds coming in at Rays -1.5 runs (+140) and Indians +1.5 runs (-160).

The Indians are 77-57 straight up (SU) and 64-69 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 14.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 13.7 units (ATS). The Rays are 71-63 SU and have gone 73-60 ATS. Overall, the team’s accumulated 15.3 units for moneyline gamblers and 14.4 units ATS.

Cleveland games have a 65-62-6 over/under record in 2018. The Rays have been a decent under bet with a total record of 57-72-4.

Blake Snell will get the start for the visiting Rays. The left-handed Snell (16-5, 2.05 ERA) has recorded 168 strikeouts in 145 innings so far. He has yet to face the Indians this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 1.42 ERA and four strikeouts over six and one-third innings).

The Indians are going with righty Shane Bieber (8-2, 4.52 ERA), who has 83 strikeouts and 15 walks to his name, as well as a 1.34 WHIP. Bieber did not accrue any MLB pitching stats in 2017.

As a unit, Cleveland’s pitchers have yielded 4.0 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starters have an ERA of 3.35, a WHIP of 1.14 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.5. The bullpen has a 4.80 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

The Cleveland hitters are putting up 5.1 runs per outing, including 4.6 per game over its last 10 games and 6.2 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .271/.349/.398 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that span.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and outfielder Michael Brantley have paced the Indians’ offense this year. Lindor is slashing .286/.363/.523 with 29 home runs, 78 RBIs, 110 runs and 22 stolen bases, and Brantley’s line is .303/.358/.466 with 14 homers, 70 RBIs and 75 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starters own a 3.67 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 9.29 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.72, along with a K/9 of 8.20.

Rays hitters have slashed .256/.330/.394 on their way to 4.2 runs scored per game this season, including 5.2 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Tampa Bay’s offense has been fueled by third baseman Matt Duffy and second baseman Joey Wendle. Duffy is hitting .296/.355/.369 with four home runs, 35 RBIs and 48 runs scored, while Wendle (.295/.345/.422) is up to seven homers, 48 RBIs, 46 runs and 12 stolen bases.

The Rays have gained 6.8 units and are 50-44 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 44 of those games, compared to 48 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Indians have lost 3.0 units and are 16-17 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 16 of those games, compared to 16 that’ve cashed the under.

Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Indians, ATS Winner – Indians, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in four of Cleveland’s last seven games.
  • The Indians have won four of their last five games SU.
  • Tampa Bay has posted 26.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 24.2 over its last five.
  • The Rays have hit six home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.