The Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Indians will meet for the opener of their series from Cleveland. All odds and trends for this game can be found at Top Bet sportsbook.
The Indians are looking to stay in the mix of the postseason race as the Rays come to town. The Indians are 22 – 19 at home and are in second place in the AL Central. They will send Josh Tomlin to the mound tonight who won his last decision even though he let up five runs. For the season, he has allowed 87 hits in 72 innings of work which is good enough for 5.65 ERA.
Although the Rays have been playing not so good baseball for the last month or so they are still in the mix for the AL wild-card. Their offense has been enemic at times, but their pitching has been stellar this season has as it has for the last several years. Jeremy Hellickson will take the mound tonight for the Rays. He is pitching to a 3.44 ERA in 81 innings of work this season.
Cleveland is 6-1 in their last seven home games, 5-1 in their last six games overall, and 16-7 in Tomlin’s last 23 home starts. Tampa Bay is 5-2 in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record, 1-9 in their last 10 games against the A.L. Central, and 1-4 in Hellickson’s last five starts against a team with a winning record. The Rays have won four of the last five meetings of these two.
We just can’t overlook how much Tomlin has struggled this season. Let’s take the Rays as a moneyline favorite on the road tonight at best sports books.