Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians - 6/29/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (33-40) at Tampa Bay Rays (42-35)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 29, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
D Salazar (6-3) (4.06) vs. N Karns (4-3) (3.28)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -128 / Cleveland Indians +118 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SportsTime Ohio, SunSports
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Indians face off on Monday at Tropicana Field for game one of their MLB series.
The Tampa Bay Rays have been inconsistent of late and they have lost their lead in the American League East. The Rays are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 21-23 at home, and they trail the Orioles by percentage points in the AL East. As a team the Rays are hitting .245 with Logan Forsythe hitting .297, Evan Longoria hitting .279, and David Dejesus hitting .279. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.26 with the starters at 3.07 and the bullpen at 3.56. For game one against the Indians the Rays start Nathan Karns who has allowed 70 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 77 over 85 innings for a 4-3 record and a 3.28 ERA.
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The Cleveland Indians have lost their last three games and have been an overall disappointment this season. The Indians are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 18-18 on the road, and they are 12 games back in the AL Central. As a team the Indians are hitting .253 with Jason Kipnis hitting .342, Michael Brantley hitting .294, and Brandon Moss hitting .236. As a team the Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 4.05 with the starters at 4.48 and the bullpen at 3.22. For game one at Tampa bay the Indians start Cody Anderson who allowed six hits and struck out four over 7.2 scoreless innings in his Major League debut against the Rays.
Tampa Bay is 6-1 against the AL Central, 1-4 against a right-handed starter, and 5-1 in Karns last six starts with four days of rest. Cleveland is 5-1 as an underdog, 2-5 in their last seven games, and 1-4 against the AL East. Cleveland is 7-15 in their last 22 games at Tampa Bay.
The Rays failed to solve Anderson in his last meeting against them but now they have a scouting report and I expect the Rays to learn from it and get the win.