Free MLB Pick: Indians vs Rays Odds
Looking for Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays free plays? MLB betting sees the Indians taking on the Rays on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all MLB baseball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily MLB predictions.
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time: 1:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Projected Pitchers: Danny Salazar vs. Chris Archer
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rays -125
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 7
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This is the final game of the series between two teams that are definitely being led by their pitching staffs. Cleveland’s starters have as much potential as any in the game with Salazar looking to take that next step.
Tampa’s Chris Archer is looking to set a good example for the rest of the staff. When theses teams meet the first team to three is likely to win.
The Indians have not gotten off to a great start. Their best hitter, Michael Brantley, is still on the shelf and they have been without Lonnie Chisenhall as well. Those might not be household names but they are key contributors for this team.
Phenom Francisco Lindor is off to a great start but they will need to get some offense from their veterans to support that pitching staff if they want to win. Playing indoors might be a welcome change though.
When it comes to pure stuff there are not many young pitchers that are better than Danny Salazar. Last year was his first full season in the league and as good as it was with a 14-10 record and 195 strikeouts he always leaves you wanting more.
This season he should be able to reach 200 innings and his first start of the season was very effective against the White Sox. He just has to get a little more economical out there so he can work deeper into games.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays are pretty much playing to form this season. Even though they tried to beef up their offense in the offseason they are struggling to score, but they are pitching well.
What is weird is that they are getting some long balls from the likes of Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza Jr. but it is still not making much of a difference.
I think they are probably going to have to run a little more, they have only three steals on the season and need to put pressure on the defense.
Chris Archer has 17Ks in just 10 innings. However, with an ERA of 7.20 he is clearly not dominating. He has given up 15 hits in those ten innings including 4 homers. Archer can dominate any lineup and striking out guys is great but he has been boom or bust this season.
The bullpen for Tampa has yet to record a save but they have been very stingy. Six of their eight relievers have not given up a run yet this season as they are waiting for their closer to return.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- CLE are 11-4 in their last 15 Thu. games.
- Under is 13-6-1 in CLE last 20 road games.
- TB are 9-3 in their last 12 home games.
- TB are 8-3 in their last 11 games on astroturf.
- TB are 7-1 in Archers last 8 Thu. starts.
Free Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction:
Now is either the best or worst time to get behind Archer. Maybe he has an undisclosed injury and that is why his overall effectiveness has been off. In that case, you want to avoid him like the plague.
But maybe he just had a couple of bad outings back to back and the Ks are a sign that he is just missing a couple of pitches. If you have a read on this guy than you have to play it.
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I like Archer but I see this as a fade opportunity until he starts performing like one of the best pitchers in the league again. Salazar has just as much talent and gets to take on a weak lineup in Tampa.
Plus he is off the to a decidedly better start. Let’s roll with that.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 3 – Tampa Bay 1
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