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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians - 5/9/14

Cleveland Indians (15-19) at Tampa Bay Rays (15-19)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Corey Kluber (R) (2-3) (3.600) vs. Jake Odorizzi (R) (1-3) (6.833)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -130 / Cleveland Indians +120 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: SportsTime Ohio, SUN

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Indians face off on Friday for game one of their series.

The Tampa Bay Rays have been slow starters over the years and this season is no different. The Rays are 7-10 at home, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they have lost their last three games. As a team the Rays are hitting .253 with James Loney hitting .314, Matt Joyce hitting .289, and Evan Longoria hitting .268. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 4.33 with the starters at 4.33 with the starters at 4.44 and the bullpen at 4.17. For game one against the Indians the Ray sstart Jake Odorizzi who has lost his last three decisions. For the season Odorizzi has allowed 36 hits and 21 earned runs while striking out 26 over 27.2 innings for a 1-3 record and 6.83 ERA.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians - 5/9/14

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The Cleveland Indians are off to a slow start this season but they finished off their home stand by winning their last three games. The Indians are 4-11 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and 6.5 games back in the AL Central. As a team the Indians are hitting .238 with Michael Brantley hitting .289, David Murphy hitting .270, and Asdrubal Cabrera hitting .238. As a tam the Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 3.79 with the starters at 4.17 and the bullpen at 3.03. For game one against the Rays the Indians start Corey Kluber who has a no decision in his last start. For the season the Kluber has allowed 49 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 48 over 45 innings for a 2-3 record and a 3.60 ERA.

Tampa Bay is 2-7 against a team with a losing record, 1-5 as a favorite, and 0-5 in Odorizzi’s last five starts. Cleveland is 11-24 against the AL East, 0-7 in their last eight road games, and 1-4 in Kluber’s last five starts. Cleveland is 5-14 in their last 19 games at Tampa Bay.  

The Rays are a lukewarm favorite but I don’t see it ad my pick here is the Indians.

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