Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians - 4/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (2-3) at Tampa Bay Rays (3-4)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
D Salazar (1-0) (1.69) vs. C Archer (0-2) (7.20)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -130 / Cleveland Indians +120 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians hope to end their series with Tampa Bay with a victory.
The Cleveland Indians received plenty of pitching and some clutch hitting in a 4-1 victory at Tropicana Field to even their record at 3-3. Starter Carlos Carrasco was dominant with a lone run scored on four hits over eight frames while striking out eight to pick up the win. The Tribe did their damage on five hits and a walk while whiffing 15 times. Jason Kipnis cracked a solo homer with Francisco Lindor rapping an RBI single and scoring. Danny Salazar gets the ball in the final game of the series versus Tampa Bay Thursday. Salazar kicked off the year in style with one run allowed on two hits and three BB over 5.1 frames of a 7-1 win at the White Sox.
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The Tampa Bay Rays struggled at the plate Wednesday and their pitching was unable to win on their lonesome. Starter Drew Smyly threw the ball well with three runs plated (two earned) on three hits and eleven strikeouts with Erasmo Ramirez serving up a homer through two innings pitched. The Rays offense never got going on five hits and a base on balls. Curt Casali was the lone source of offense with an RBI double that plated Kevin Kermaier in the 8th which was too little, too late. Chris Archer toes the rubber for his third start in 2016 against Cleveland. Archer struggled in a 6-1 loss at Baltimore with all six runs allowed on ten hits and five BB in five innings.
Cleveland are 11-4 in their last 15 Thursday games and the under is 13-6-1 in their last 20 road games. Tampa Bay are 9-3 in their last 12 home games and are 8-3 in their last 11 games on astroturf while going 7-1 in Archer’s last 8 Thursday starts. The over is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings in Tampa Bay. If Archer is on his game is a tossup and if not the Indians can get another one…