Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Preview

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The Cleveland Indians are traveling south to play the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. SportsTime Ohio will be airing this AL matchup and the first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays Odds

The Indians have gone 81-62 SU this year and are 68-74 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 17.1 units for moneyline bettors and 15.3 units ATS. The Rays, on the other hand, are 78-64 SU and 79-62 ATS. They’ve gained 20.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 18.4 units ATS.

Rays games have an over/under record of 61-75-5 in 2018. Indians games have gone over 69 times, gone under 66 times and pushed on seven occasions.

The right-handed Corey Kluber will get the start for the visiting Indians. Kluber is 18-7 with a 2.75 ERA and 190 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with eight strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Tampa Bay this year.

The Rays are sending Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.40 ERA) to the mound. Castillo has 48 strikeouts and 17 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.04. Castillo is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one start against Cleveland this year.

Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 3.42 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 9.63 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.71, along with a K-per-9 of 9.12.

Indians hitters have slashed .258/.331/.435 on their way to 5.0 runs scored per game this season, including 4.5 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and left fielder Michael Brantley continue to lead Cleveland’s offense. Lindor is slashing .285/.359/.531 with 34 home runs, 85 RBIs, 118 runs and 23 steals, while Brantley (.306/.360/.469) has produced 15 homers, 72 RBIs and 78 runs scored.

For the home team, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 3.9 runs per game overall in 2018. The club’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.72, a WHIP of 1.19 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.4. The bullpen has a 3.64 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 8.3 K/9.

The Tampa Bay hitters have produced 4.4 runs per contest, including 6.5 per game over its last 10 games and 7.8 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .298/.388/.509 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Rays’ batters have been led by third baseman Matt Duffy and second baseman Joey Wendle. Duffy is slashing .297/.357/.370 with four home runs, 42 RBIs and 52 runs scored, and Wendle’s line is .294/.341/.422 with seven homers, 51 RBIs, 51 runs and 13 steals.

The Rays have gained 10.7 units and are 55-46 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in 48 of those games, compared to 50 that’ve gone under.

Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in three of Cleveland’s last seven games.
  • The Rays have won seven of their last eight games SU.
  • Tampa Bay has posted 26.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 28.2 over its last five.
  • The Indians have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.