Rays at Indians 5/23/19 - MLB Picks & Predictions
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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians
MLB: 6:10 PM EST
May. 23, 2019
Latest Odds : TB -164 O/U 8
On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays open a four-game series on the road with the Cleveland Indians. The Rays lost their second straight and third in their last four on Tuesday after falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw 7-3. Tampa Bay scored its three runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Wily Adames and Austin Meadows and an RBI double by Tommy Pham.
Cleveland lost its second straight on Tuesday falling to the Oakland Athletics 5-3. Cleveland continues to suffer from injuries to its starting rotation with Mike Clevinger and Corey Kluber both sidelined. Trevor Bauer started but walked four batters and hit three while continuing to struggle with control.
Brandon Lowe leads in Tampa Bay with a .283 batting average, in home runs with 10 and RBIs with 27. Tommy Pham leads in hits with 47.Tampa Bay is averaging .251 at the plate, while opponents are averaging .217. On Thursday, the Rays will send Blake Snell to the mound. The lefthander is 3-4 with an ERA of 3.31, 71 Ks and 12 BBs.
Carlos Santana is leading the Indians with a .290 batting average, 47 hits, eight home runs and 28 RBIs. The Indians are averaging .223 at the plate, while opposing hitters are averaging .229. Cleveland has not yet announced its starting pitcher for Thursday’s opening game of the four-game series with the Rays.
Recent Betting Trends:
Tampa Bay is 24-10 in its last 34 on the road
The UNDER has cashed in 7 of the Rays last 8 on the road
Cleveland is 9-1 in its last 10 versus an opponent from the American League East
The UNDER has cashed in 4 of the Indians last 5 at home
Free Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Rays -164
Tampa Bay has won 4 of the last 5 head-to-head with the Indians and 4 of the 5 played in Cleveland. Tampa Bay has won 19 of the last 26 played on grass and 15 of the last 20 versus an opponent from the American League Central. The Indians suffer from a lack of consistency from the starting rotation due to injuries that have sidelined both Corey Kluber and Mike Clevinger. Final Score Prediction, Tampa Bay Rays win 5-2.