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Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/24/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Friday May 24, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Progressive Field
Cleveland, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -149 / Cleveland Indians +130 -- Over/Under: 8
TV Channel
SUN, STOh
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The Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians meet Friday in MLB action at Progressive Field.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Rays have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won 11 of their last 12 games when scoring four or more 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. Blake Snell gets the ball, and he is 3-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. Snell is 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.

The Cleveland Indians could use a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Indians have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last 10 games. The Cleveland Indians have lost 10 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 73 hits and 27 RBI. Shane Bieber gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 3.22 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. Bieber is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 21-7 in their last 28 during game 2 of a series, 24-10 in their last 34 road games and 7-2 in Snell's last 9 road starts. The Indians are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 4-1 in Bieber's last 5 home starts and 12-5 in Bieber's last 17 starts. The Rays are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Bieber's last 5 home starts. The under is 19-7-2 in Snell's last 28 road starts.

The Cleveland Indians just aren't putting together much offense during this losing stretch, and it's not going to get any easier when facing Snell, a pitcher who has allowed three earned runs in his last 17.2 innings. Snell has allowed two or less earned runs in seven of his last eight starts and is averaging 13.04 strikeouts per nine innings on the season. Bieber has been really solid in his own right this season and is coming off a complete game shutout of the Baltimore Orioles, but I don't trust the Indians as a team right now. I have to side with the Rays.

Pick:
Tampa Bay Rays -149

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