Monday major league baseball and we will see the Cleveland Indians travel to Tropicana Field to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in game 1 of their 4 game series. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 7:10 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
Tampa Bay -124
Over/ Under: 7 O -120
The Rays are struggling right now as they have won just 2 of their last 7 games. They did lead the AL East, but the O's swept a DH yesterday and have now tied the Rays for first place. The Indians are struggling right now as well, but theirs it a bit more prolonged, as they have won just 8 of their last 21 games. GThe Tribe are in 4th place in the AL Central, 12 games behind division leading Kansas City.
The Indians rank 22nd in scoring (3.93 rpg), 17th in hitting (.252) and 24th in homers (61), while on the mound they are 22nd in ERA (4.09) and 20th in WHIP (1.30). Tampa Bay ranks 24th in scoring (3.68 rpg), 21st in hitting (.246) and 14th in homers (70), while on the mound they are 4th in ERA (3.28) and 3rd in WHIP (1.19).
Getting the ball for the Indians tonight will be Cody Anderson, who will be making just his 2nd ever career start. In his first start he beat Tampa Bay 5-0, allowing 6 hits in 7.2 innings of work.
Taking the hill for the Rays tonight will be Nathan Karns. who is 4-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 15 starts this year, while at home he has gone 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA. Nate is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 1 career starts vs the Tribe.
Pick: I will go with the Rays in this one. This is a tough spot for the Tribe, who played a DH in Baltimore yesterday and now have to travel all the fay down to Florida with out a days rest. Just can't see this struggling Indians squad coming up with enough juice to take on a Tampa Bay team that needs a win badly and that is more rested because they played at home yesterday. Cleveland is 5-16 in their last 21 games on Monday and they are 7-15 in their last 22 games in Tampa Bay, while the Rays are 6-1 in their last 7 games vs the AL Central. Cleveland should just be too tired to hang in this game, especially vs a quality pitcher like Karns on the mound, who has a 1.04 ERA in his last 3 starts.
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