Every team starts the new season with a certain level of expectation placed upon them, and it’s going to take a while before we start to see which teams will exceed those expectations, and which will fall well below. Two teams that have not delivered as expected over the past couple of seasons are the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays. Injuries to key players, as well as worse than expected performances from others, have derailed these two over the past few seasons, but both look poised to perhaps make a run at the postseason this time around, assuming of course that nothing goes seriously wrong. A fast start would certainly help both of these clubs get some early momentum, but the Indians in particular are having a hard time making that happen, although through no fault of their own. Keep up to date with all the odds for this one at MyBookie online sportsbook.
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A Look into the Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays MLB Lines Report & Game Info
When: Thursday, April 14 at 1:10 PM EST
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Starting Pitchers: Danny Salazar Vs Chris Archer
TV: Sports Time Ohio / Fox Sports Sun
MLB Odds: TBA
Why Bet on the Cleveland Indians?
It is hard to build any level of early season consistency when Mother Nature is doing all she can to cause problems. We are only into the second week of the season and the Cleveland Indians (2-3) have already had three games postponed. It’s no real surprise that they went into Tampa and lost the opening game of this series, as those off days make it pretty tough to shake off the early season rust. Once they complete this 3-game set, the Indians will head home for 6, where they will hope to get this season off to the start that they had hoped for. Danny Salazar (1-0, 1.69 ERA) looked very strong in his opening start versus the White Sox. More of the same should help the Indians get the win.
Why Bet on the Tampa Bay Rays?
The Tampa Bay Rays (3-4) were one of the better teams defensively last season, but injuries to their starting rotation made it almost impossible for them to mount a serious challenge in the AL East. That could all change this year if the pitching staff can stay healthy, but they are also going to have to be a little deadlier on the offense if they hope to win on a regular basis. Things have not started well in that regard, as their 23 runs through their first 5 games has them down near the bottom of the offensive pack. It’s way too early to panic, though, and there is still the very definite sense that this team will challenge in their division. Chris Archer (0-2, 7.20 ERA) will start, and will need to improve if the Rays are to win.
Expert Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like the Cleveland Indians to get their season on track with a win in this one, but I also really like the OVER here. 6 of the 7 meetings between these two in Tampa over the past 3 seasons have ended with the OVER coming up.
Cleveland Indians 6 Tampa Bay Rays 4