MLB Picks and Parlays: Cleveland and Tampa Bay Continue Their series on Saturday
Cleveland Indians beat Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Friday in the second game of their weekend series. The victory brought the Indians record up to 61-52 on the season, helping them to stay 3.5 games up on the Twins in the AL Central. It snapped a two-game losing streak and was just their fourth win in the last eleven games.
In that time period the Indians offense has mostly struggled. In the one loss they scored 10 runs in the classic 12-10 game against the Red Sox. In the other six they scored a grand total of eight runs.
That would help to explain why Cleveland acquired veteran Jay Bruce (.258-29-75) from the Mets a couple of days ago. He made his first start on Friday, hitting out of the fifth spot and went two for four. Carlos Carrasco had a huge bounce back game after a couple of rough outings, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He allowed just two hits in eight innings overall. The Indians put together just seven hits, but had a hot fifth inning, scoring four runs on a home run, a sacrifice, a single and a fielder’s choice.
Tampa Bay has also struggled of late. The loss was their fifth in their last eight games and they too have really had a hard time at the plate. Friday’s shutout was the fourth shutout loss of the bunch and they scored just two runs in the other loss. In fact, add it all up and the Rays have scored just six runs in their last seven games.
Mike Clevinger (5-4, 4.00 ERA) has struggled mightily in his last three starts. His ERA has risen from 2.73 to 4.00 after allowing 13 runs in 8.1 innings. Last time out he gave up three runs in one inning as the Indians dropped an 8-1 decision to the Yankees. Overall the Indians have lost three of his last four games, scoring just four runs in those defeats and 11 in the one win.
Chris Archer (8-6, 3.80 ERA) looked sharp in his last outing, allowing one run in six innings of a 2-1 win over the Brewers. It broke a two-game streak of less than stellar starts for the Rays ace. He gave up seven runs in 12 innings in those two games. Tampa has won his last two starts after losing his previous three.
- Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Cleveland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 6 games
- Tampa Bay is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay’s last 9 games
Cash It In: Tampa Bay are -136 favorites, Cleveland +126 underdogs. Archer is a bonafide ace, but the Rays offense is struggling hard. Clevinger, like his teammate is in line for a bounce back performance and that should be enough for another win. Indians 4-1.