Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians
|Date & Time||Saturday May 25, 2019, 4:10 PM (EDT)|
Cleveland Indians -120 / Tampa Bay Rays +110 O/U: 7.5
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Indians will meet up on the MLB diamond to continue their series on Saturday.
In the Thursday opener of this set, the Rays pounded out a 7-2 win. On Friday, Cleveland scored two runs in the eighth inning and held on for a 3-1 comeback win.
For Saturday’s matchup, the Rays will be sending out Charlie Morton in the start. In his 54.1 innings and 4-0 record this year, Morton has a 2.65 ERA with 67 Ks and 25 BBs.
The Rays posted six hits in the loss Friday. Four of those belonged to Travis d’Arnaud and Austin Meadows, who had two knocks apiece.
Over on the Indians’ side, they’re going with Carlos Carrasco on Saturday. Over 52.1 innings and a 4-4 mark thus far, Carrasco has a 4.30 ERA with 66 Ks and nine walks.
Cleveland tallied six hits in the Friday game as well. Jordan Luplow was the only Indians player with more than one hit, and he managed a solo homer in the fourth.
The Rays are 0-7 in their last seven in game three of a series and 5-1 in Morton’s last six road starts. Tampa is 4-1 in Morton’s last five starts on grass and the over is 4-1 in their last five in game three of a series.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 4-1 in Carrasco’s last five starts with four days’ rest and 8-3 in his last 11 Saturday starts. Cleveland is 1-4 in Carrasco’s last five starts versus the AL East and 2-5 in his last seven versus a team with a winning record.
Morton has been quite solid this year, and even on days when he’s not at his best he’s been able to get enough offensive help to avoid a loss so far.
As for Carrasco, he’s had a few ups and downs but has also allowed zero earned in four of his last seven games. He’s just 2-2 over his last six starts, though.
This should be a pretty nice pitching matchup and it’s probably a coin-flip game. That said I like Morton and the Rays to eke one out here.