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Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 9/2/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (72-63) at Cleveland Indians (77-58)
Date & Time Sunday September 2, 2018, 4:10 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Cleveland Indians / Tampa Bay Rays --- Over/Under:
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The Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians meet Sunday in MLB action at Progressive Field.

The Tampa Bay Rays look to keep the ball rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Rays have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring at least one run. Matt Duffy leads the Rays with 132 hits and 37 RBI while Joey Wendle and Mallex Smith have combined for 233 hits and 79 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 here after splitting their last eight games. The Indians have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Cleveland Indians have won 14 of their last 18 games when scoring at least three runs. Francisco Lindor leads the Indians with 156 hits and 78 RBI while Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez have combined for 290 hits and 164 RBI. Carlos Carrasco gets the ball, and he is 16-7 with a 3.38 ERA and 178 strikeouts this season. Carrasco is 4-3 with a 2.77 ERA and 58 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 21-7 in their last 28 during game 3 of a series, 18-7 in their last 25 vs. a team with a winning record and 10-21 in their last 31 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Indians are 37-14 in their last 51 during game 3 of a series, 20-8 in their last 28 Sunday games and 37-16 in Carrascos last 53 starts. The Rays are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Cleveland, the Indians are 4-0 in Carrascos last 4 starts vs. Rays and the under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

The Tampa Bay Rays have put together an incredible winning stretch out of nowhere, but now they run into a pitcher in Carrasco who has been consistent all year, and the Indians have won eight of his last 10 starts. Carrasco also hasn't allowed a run at home in his last 14.2 innings. Numbers say Carrasco has been better on the road than at home, but he's coming off an August in which he had a 1.85 ERA in 39 innings. I have to side with the Indians here.

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