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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/13/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (62-52) at Tampa Bay Rays (59-59)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

C Kluber (10-3) (2.65) vs. Austin Pruitt (6-2) (5.14)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +192 / Cleveland Indians -207 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: STOh, SUN

The Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays meet Sunday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.

The Cleveland Indians look for another victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Indians have scored nine runs in this series and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Cleveland Indians have won five straight games when scoring more than two runs. Jose Ramirez leads the Indians with 136 hits and 58 RBI while Francisco Lindor and Edwin Encarnacion have combined for 223 hits and 118 RBI. Corey Kluber gets the ball, and he is 10-3 with a 2.65 ERA and 183 strikeouts this season. Kluber is 3-2 with a 2.23 ERA and 58 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/13/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Rays need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Rays have been shutout back-to-back games and have scored two or less runs in seven of their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost 11 of their last 13 games when scoring three or less runs. Corey Dickerson leads the Rays with 130 hits and 53 RBI while Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. have combined for 223 hits and 135 RBI. Austin Pruitt gets the ball, and he is 6-3 with a 5.14 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. This will be Pruitt’s first career game against the Indians.

The Indians are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series, 9-4 in Klubers last 13 road starts and 35-17 in Klubers last 52 starts. The Rays are 6-0 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series, 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Indians are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Tampa Bay, 12-4 in the last 16 meetings and the under is 4-1 in Klubers last 5 starts vs. Rays.

The Rays can't put runs on the board all of a sudden, and now they're facing a pitcher in Kluber, who has allowed one or less earned runs in eight of his last 10 starts. Kluber has allowed a combined six hits and two runs in his last 18 innings. While the juice is high, this is a bad spot for the struggling Rays. I have to back the Indians in this contest. 

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