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Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/31/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (71-62) at Cleveland Indians (76-57)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 31, 2018 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)

Tyler Glasnow (1-3) (4.18) vs. C Kluber (16-7) (2.91)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -210 / Tampa Bay Rays +190 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: Sports Time Ohio

The Tampa Bay Rays go on the road to open a series at the Cleveland Indians in a Friday MLB tilt.

The surging Tampa Bay Rays have been at the top of their game with wins in nine of ten after outscoring Atlanta 8-5 on Wednesday. Tampa Bay used six relievers with Diego Castillo and Andrew Kittredge allowing a combined five runs.

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Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/31/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rays pounded out 12 hits and walked twice with Tommy Pham going 2-4 with a homer and two RBI’s while CJ Cron had four hits with a homer and two runs. Joey Wendle gave Tampa Bay two RBI’s and a pair of runs followed by Carlos Gomez who drove in a run and scored.

Tampa Bay gives Friday’s starting assignment at Cleveland to Tyler Glasnow. Glasnow comes in off of a 4-3 win (ND) against Kansas City with all three runs given up on five hits and three BB in five frames.

The Cleveland Indians picked up another game in the standings after a 5-3 win against Minnesota on Thursday. Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger allowed two unearned runs over 6.2 frames while striking out nine to up his record to 10-7.

The Indians did their damage on six hits and four walks with Jason Kipnis going 2-4 with a homer and three RBI’s while Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso each drove in a run and scored.

Corey Kluber toes  the rubber against visiting Tampa Bay on Friday. Kluber dropped a 7-1 decision at Kansas City last time out with five runs given up on nine hits and two BB over 5.1 innings.

Tampa Bay  are 8-1 in their last 9 overall and under is 8-2 in Tampa Bay last 10 road games and Tampa Bay are 2-6 in their last 8 Friday games. Over is 5-2-1 in Cleveland last 8 Friday games and Cleveland are 16-7 in their last 23 overall and Cleveland are 16-7 in their last 23 games on grass. Tampa Bay  are 4-14 in the last 18 meetings.

I have to back Kluber and the Indians here but nothing major against a hot Tampa Bay squad…

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