Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians - 4/13/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (2-3) at Tampa Bay Rays (3-4)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
C Carrasco (0-0) (7.20) vs. D Smyly (0-1) (6.75)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -104 / Cleveland Indians -106 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: STOh, SUN
Coming up Wednesday evening in the MLB, we’ve got an interesting matchup between the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
This will be game two of the series. In game one on Tuesday, the Rays broke a 1-1 tie by pushing through four runs in the bottom of the eighth on the way to a 5-1 victory.
Trotting out to the hill for the Indians in Wednesday’s matchup will be right-hander Carlos Carrasco. In his debut last Wednesday, Carrasco gave up three home runs against the Red Sox, lasting five innings in a no-decision. It was a bit of an outlier for Carrasco, who normally forces ground balls and remains a projected star this season in the American League.
The Indians lineup is tilted toward speed over power, but they’re a pretty well-rounded group. Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana are the team’s long-ball hitters, but neither is off to a spectacular start. That said, Santana does have five RBI and a pair of runs, while Napoli has two homers and five runs. Santana went 0-for-4 on Tuesday; Napoli went 1-for-4.
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Left-hander Drew Smyly is set to be taking the hill for the Rays on Wednesday. Smyly was going to start on Saturday, but had his appearance washed out by rain. In his only other game this year, Smyly gave up five runs (three homers) in 6.2 innings against the Blue Jays.
The Rays lineup has had some up-and-down moments already this season, but they’re overall a talented order. Steven Souza has jumped out to a nice start with three homers, five RBI and eight hits. Souza went 0-for-3 Tuesday. Corey Dickerson also has three homers among his six hits, but they were all solo shots. Evan Longoria is another player of note, and he’s come up with nine hits and five runs thus far for the Rays.
Moving on to the current trends heading into this matchup, the Indians are 8-1 in Carrasco’s last nine Wednesday starts, and 4-0 in his last four against the American League East.
As for Tampa Bay, they’re 4-1 in their last five Wednesday games, and 4-0 in Smyly’s last four Wednesday starts.
I like Smyly to bounce back here for the Rays, as he matches up a little better with the Indians than he did with the Blue Jays. That said, with Carrasco starting I can’t pick against Cleveland. This one should be something of a tight pitchers’ battle.