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Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Thursday May 23, 2019, 6:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Progressive Field
Cleveland, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -182 / Cleveland Indians +160 -- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
SUN, STOh
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The Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians meet Thursday in MLB action at Progressive Field.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for a victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Rays have scored 16 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 48 hits and 20 RBI while Brandon Lowe and Avisail Garcia have combined for 88 hits and 48 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was posted.

The Cleveland Indians look for a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Indians have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 12 games. The Cleveland Indians have lost nine straight games when scoring three or less runs. Carlos Santana leads the Indians with 48 hits and 28 RBI while Leonys Martin and Jose Ramirez have combined for 72 hits and 27 RBI. Adam Plutko gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and four strikeouts this season. This will be Plutko’s first career game against the Rays.

The Rays are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games, 11-4 in their last 15 during game 1 of a series and 15-5 in their last 20 vs. American League Central. The Indians are 9-1 in their last 10 vs. American League East, 39-15 in their last 54 Thursday games and 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series. The Rays are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 7-1 in Plutko's last 8 starts overall. The under is 7-1 in Rays last 8 road games.

The Cleveland Indians are due for a breakout performance after getting swept by the Oakland Athletics, as the offense has to show up eventually. Plutko has just six innings under his belt this season, but he was solid against the Baltimore Orioles, allowing just one hit and one run while striking out four. The Tampa Bay Rays enter this series cooled off and the offense has been shaky these past two weeks. I'll take a shot with the Indians at home and the big plus money.

Pick:
Cleveland Indians +160

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