Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/11/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (60-52) at Tampa Bay Rays (59-57)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
C Carrasco (10-5) (4.06) vs. Jacob Faria (5-2) (2.81)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +126 / Cleveland Indians -136 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: STOh, SUN
The Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays meet Friday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Cleveland Indians could use a win here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Indians have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Cleveland Indians have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Ramirez leads the Indians with 134 hits and 57 RBI while Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley have combined for 221 hits and 105 RBI. Carlos Carrasco gets the ball, and he is 10-5 with a 4.06 ERA and 142 strikeouts this season. Carrasco is 3-3 with a 3.23 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays look for another wi after splitting their last 12 games. The Rays allowed one run in Thursday’s victory and have allowed three or less runs in seven of their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won five of their last eight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Corey Dickerson leads the Rays with 129 hits and 53 RBI while Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. have combined for 223 hits and 135 RBI. Jacob Faria gets the ball, and he is 5-2 with a 2.81 ERA and 67 strikeouts this season. This will be Faria’s first career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 39-14 in their last 53 Friday games, 7-2 in Carrascos last 9 Friday starts and 1-4 in Carrascos last 5 starts. The Rays are 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 8-3 in Farias last 11 starts. The Indians are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Tampa Bay and 11-3 in the last 14 meetings.
Carrasco has given up 10 earned runs in his last 7.1 innings and the Indians have lost four of his last five starts. Faria has allowed three or less earned runs in nine of his last 10 games and has a solid ERA of 2.56 at home. I know the Indians are playing better baseball right now, but this feels like a good spot to take the plus money and the home team based on the pitching matchup.