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Tommy Pham and the Tampa Bay Rays will head north to square off against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. The game gets underway 6:10 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Sun will televise this AL matchup.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians Odds

Bookmakers have Cleveland (+150) as the underdog to Tampa Bay (-160). The total currently stands at 8 runs and bettors can play the over for -105 and the under for -115. There’s a runline of Rays -1.5 (-110) and Indians +1.5 (-110) for this matchup.

The Indians are 25-23 straight up (SU) and 22-25 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 5.7 units for moneyline bettors and 2.1 units ATS. Cleveland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in three of those seven. The Rays are 28-18 SU and have gone 26-19 ATS. Overall, the club has gained 0.7 units for moneyline gamblers over the early portions of the year and 5.3 units ATS. Tampa Bay has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

Cleveland games have an over/under record of 19-27-1 so far in 2019. Tampa Bay has an over/under record of 19-24-2.

Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 3.2 runs per game and its starters own a 2.46 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 10.59 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.50, along with a K-per-9 of 9.11.

The Rays offense has slashed .252/.332/.430 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2019, including 3.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Tampa Bay’s offense has been fueled by left fielder Tommy Pham and second baseman Brandon Lowe, who collectively have launched 16 home runs. Pham is slashing .279/.393/.436 with six home runs, 20 RBIs, 19 runs and six stolen bases, while Lowe is hitting .288 with 10 homers, 28 RBIs and 26 runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, Cleveland’s pitchers have given up 3.8 runs per game overall this season. The club’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.03, a WHIP of 1.22 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 10.0. The bullpen has a 3.04 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 8.6 K/9.

Cleveland’s hitters are putting up 3.9 runs per contest, including 5.4 per game over its last 10 games and 4.6 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .233/.342/.454 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Indians’ hitters have been led by first baseman Carlos Santana and right fielder Leonys Martin. Santana is hitting .291/.409/.491 with eight home runs, 28 RBIs and 27 runs scored, and Martin’s line sits at .227/.308/.374 with six homers, 12 RBIs and 26 runs.

The Rays have lost 3.1 units and are 16-15 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over’s hit in 16 of those games, compared to 13 that’ve hit the under against y starters.

Rays at Indians MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Rays, ATS Winner – Rays, O/U – UNDER

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in three of Tampa Bay’s last seven games.
  • Tampa Bay has recorded 20.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 21.4 over its last five.
  • The Rays have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.