Cincinnati Reds vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 4/13/14
Tampa Bay Rays (6-5) at Cincinnati Reds (3-7)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Cesar Ramos (L) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Tony Cingrani (L) (0-1) (2.455)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -135 / Tampa Bay Rays +125 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB N, Sun Sports, FSN-OH
The Tampa Bay Rays will go for the sweep over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. The Rays won game 2 with a 1-0 victory.
The Rays have won three of their last four games and are getting the job done with tremendous pitching. During that stretch, the Rays have allowed one or less runs in their last three victories. The Rays lineup is still struggling to put runs on the board, but it doesn’t matter much with pitching like that. Cesar Ramos hopes to keep it up for the Rays when he makes his first start of the season. Ramos has pitched four innings this season and has allowed one run and struck out three. This will be Ramos’ first career start against the Reds.
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The Reds have lost four of their last five games and aren’t getting much production from their lineup. The Reds have been held to three or less runs in eight of their first 11 games this season. The Reds also have issues pitching, but Tony Cingrani has been solid in his first two starts. In 11 innings pitched this season, Cingrani has allowed three runs and struck out 14 batters. Cingrani has proven to be a strikeout machine early in his career, and this will be his first career start against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays are 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a left-handed starter and 5-0 in their last 5 interleague road games vs. a team with a losing record. The Reds are 4-1 in Cingrani's last 5 starts with 5 days of rest and 3-13 in their last 16 overall. The Rays are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings.
While Cingrani may be the better pitcher in this matchup, we're getting plus money against a team that simply can't win a game to save its life early in this season. I'll take that all day.
Take the Rays.