Tampa Bay Rays (79-64) vs. Cleveland Indians (81-63)
Starters: Carlos Carrasco (16-8 3.46 ERA) vs. Blake Snell (18-5 2.06 ERA)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday September 12, 2018 at 1:10 PM ET (Tropicana Field)
Lines and Odds: Cleveland (-105) / Tampa Bay (-115) Over/Under: 7
Free MLB Pick Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now. For Wednesday’s game they have Blake Snell taking the mound who is 18-5 this season. Since the beginning of September, the Rays have won 8 out of 9 games played, and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Over the past 28 games, the Rays are 21-7. If Rays had played with this pace all season, they might have been in playoff contention. At this point, they most likely will not be able to finish with a wild card spot, but they can still play spoiler in the AL.
The Cleveland Indians will start Carlos Carrasco who has been a good starter for them for some time. Cleveland will finally activate their new acquisition Josh Donaldson on Tuesday, so he will definitely be a factor for Wednesday’s game. The Indians have a firm grasp on the AL Central division, but have been inconsistent lately, something the Indians have dealt with all season.
Cover the Spread 365 Betting Trends
Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Cleveland is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Tampa Bay is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games
The Indians are 23-6 in their last 29 Wednesday games and 39-13 in their last 52 in game three of a series. Cleveland is 20-7 in Carrasco’s last 27 Wednesday starts and 5-2 in his last seven road starts. Meanwhile, the Rays are 6-2 in their last eight Wednesday games and 23-8 in their last 31 in game three of a series. Tampa is 6-0 in Snell’s last six starts and 7-1 in his last eight home starts. Indians have one of the most talented lineups in baseball, and it will only get better with the addition of Josh Donaldson. But the Rays have had all the momentum on their side recently. With these two pitchers on the mound, don’t expect this to be a high-scoring game by any means. Blake Snell has a ERA close to 2 and I don’t expect him to give up too many runs Wednesday, even with the addition of Donaldson.
Pick: Rays -115