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Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians Free Pick 10/2/13 AL Wildcard Playoff

Cleveland Indians (92-70) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (91-71)

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 and the Cleveland Indians  face off in a one game Wildcard playoff on Wednesday night in Cleveland.

It took the Tampa Bay Rays and extra game to get to this point but most importantly to them, they have officially made the post season. The Rays went into Arlington and beat the Rangers and they are looking to make it two must win road wins in a row. The Rays are an even 41-41 on the road this season and outscored their opponents by 54 runs over the course of the year. As a team the Rays are hitting .257 with James Loney hitting .299, Wil Myers hitting .293, Ben Zobrist hitting .275, and Evan Longoria hitting .269. For this all important game the Rays start Alex Cobb who has beaten the Indians the last two times they have played and who was 11-3 with a 2.76 ERA for the season and 3-0 with a 1.16 ERA in his last three starts.

Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians Free Pick 10/2/13 AL Wildcard Playoff

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The Cleveland Indians weren’t even in the post-season discussion a few months back as it seemed every time they even got near the Tigers in the AL Central they would fall back.  The Indians got it going at the right time at the end of the year and were finally able to take advantage of their opportunities winning their final 10 games and nailing down the top spot in the AL Wildcard. The Indians were 51-30 at home this season and outscored their opponents by 83 runs. As a team the Indians are hitting .255 with Yan Gomes hitting .294 and Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis hitting .284. For Wednesday’s game the Indians start Danny Salazar who is 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA for the season and 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in his last three starts.

Tampa Bay is 11-2 in their last 13 games against the AL Central, 8-3 in their last 11 road games, 0-7 in their last seven playoff games as a favorite, and 23-10 in Cobb’s last 33 starts. Cleveland is 5-2 in their last seven games as an underdog, 49-24 in their last 73 home games, 3-7 in their last 10 home games against a team with a winning record, and 21-6 in their last 27 games. Tampa Bay is 5-2 in the last seven meetings of these two but they are 8-22 in Cleveland.

With Salazar getting the start expect the Indians to be making moves situationally and for the Rays, with Price going the distance on Monday they have plenty to work with as well and expect a good one here. Both of these teams however can swing the bats and my free pick here is Over the total. I also have a play on the winning side and I will post that in pick the Premium Area.

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