Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick - 10/2/13
Tampa Bay Rays (92-71) at Cleveland Indians (92-70)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 8:07 pm (Progressive Field)
Alex Cobb (R) (11-3) (2.763) vs. Danny Salazar (R) (2-3) (3.115)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -112 / Tampa Bay Rays +102 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays head to Progressive Field to face the Cleveland Indians in the AL Wild Card.
Tampa Bay made a run at the American League East crown but in the end the Red Sox were a bit more consistent. Instead the Rays barely hung on to tie Texas for the second Wild Card and didn't squander the opportunity in a 5-2 victory behind David Price and plenty of offense on Monday. Price had struggled in this match up but came up big with a complete game seven hitter to send his team to another Wild Card bout at Cleveland. The offense provided plenty of fire power on seven hits and seven walks with Evan Longoria leading the way with three hits including a two run homer in the third and a pair of runs scored. Tampa Bay sends Alex Cobb to the bump who has been money for the Rays in 2013 with an 11-3 record and 2.76 ERA.
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Cleveland looked improved early in the 2013 campaign but I'd be lying if I said they were playoff material because of their inconsistency. However, as they say that was then and this is now. The Indians were the hottest and most consistent team in the game for weeks and finished the regular season on a 10-0 run to capture the first Wild Card and home field advantage. In this stretch run both the arms and bats contributed and if one unit faltered the other picked them up so if the Tribe needed a hit they got it and if they needed outs the pitching responded. The Indians will be going with Danny Salazar on the mound Wednesday who has only ten starts to his credit in his rookie season. Salazar has gone 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA over 52 innings of work.
To be honest I am baffled by Salazar being on the mound in this all or nothing Wild Card. He hasn't been going deep in to games, has little experience, blah, blah, blah. Does somebody know something I don't? I am assuming the Tribe will be leaning on their offense here but I obviously need more time to check this one out and will...