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2021 MLB Handicapping
(57-39) Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians (47-46)
Date: Friday, July 23rd, 2021
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
Projected Pitchers: Josh Fleming (TB) vs. Zach Plesac (CLE)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rays -120 | Indians +110
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Rays -1.5 (-130)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 9
The Tampa Bay Rays take on the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night in the opening game of their four-game series from Progressive Field in Ohio.
The weekend will be a battle of second-place teams but with the Rays in the driver’s seat for a Wild Card spot and the Indians trying to climb back into contention.
These teams met earlier this month with Tampa Bay sweeping the three-game series at home. The combined scores of those games were 21-9.
Tampa Bay stormed back for a 5-4 win over Cleveland on Thursday night with Austin Meadows delivering a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th inning.
Tampa Bay Rays
At 56-39, the Tampa Bay Rays are 2nd in the American League East, 1 game behind the Boston Red Sox.
The Rays, who have relied on their pitching and defense for years, finally have an offense ready to contribute in a big way if they make the playoffs yet again.
The Rays rank 7th in baseball in runs per game, even despite ranking 25th in batting average and 20th in hits per game.
The Tampa Bay pitching has allowed a team ERA of 3.64, good for 9th best in the majors.
At 47-45, the Cleveland Indians are 2nd in the American League Central, 8.5 games behind the Chicago White Sox.
The Indians’ offense has struggled at times this season but still ranks 13th in home runs per game. The home run numbers have helped prop up the run numbers in general, ranking 17th in baseball in scoring.
Jose Ramirez continues to be a very solid option in the Cleveland lineup. He leads the team with 19 home runs, 52 RBI’s, and a .341 OBP.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Rays are 57-39 overall
- Rays are 28-21 on the road
- Indians are 47-46 overall
- Indians are 24-20 at home
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Prediction:
The Rays were dominant against the Indians when the teams met earlier this month and while the Indians have only seen a few more key pieces added to the IL, the Rays have welcomed back some of their better hitters.
The Rays have much more depth from the top to the bottom of their batting order and with the Indians struggling on offense of late, the idea of matching what the Rays are able to do from a run perspective doesn’t seem feasible.
Rays win this game.
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