Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14
Tampa Bay Rays (76-84) at Cleveland Indians (84-76)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 6:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Alex Colome (R) (1-0) (0.729) vs. Carlos Carrasco (R) (5-5) (2.808)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -153 / Tampa Bay Rays +143 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, STO
The Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians will play game-two Saturday afternoon at Progressive Field.
The Tampa Bay Rays no longer have any interest in the season as they’ve lost six of their last eight games. The Rays are back to their scoring drought, being held to just one run in their last two games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Rays have lost five of their last six when scoring three or less. James Loney has a six-game hitting streak and Evan Longoria has hit in eight of his last nine games. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.58, which is 13th in the majors. Alex Colome gets the ball, and he’s 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA and has seven strikeouts in 17.1 innings. This will be Colome’s first career game against the Indians.
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The Cleveland Indians are looking to end the year with a positive vibe by winning seven of their last 10 games. The Indians pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in eight of their last 11 games. Overall, the Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.61, which is 13th in the majors, and they’ve won six of their last seven games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Michael Brantley has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Carlos Santana has gotten on base in nine of his last 10 games. Starting is Carlos Carrasco, who is 8-6 with a 2.64 ERA and has 130 strikeouts in 126.1 innings. Carrasco is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in three career games against the Rays.
The Rays are 4-9 in their last 13 during game 2 of a series and 11-3 in their last 14 Saturday games. The Indians are 18-8 in their last 26 during game 2 of a series and 7-20 in Carrascos last 27 home starts overall.
The Rays have been drained for quite some time and just want the season to end, while the Indians are building a bit of a run hoping it pays off next year. Not to mention the Rays have an inexperienced pitcher on the mound. I don't love the price, but give me Cleveland at home.