Last Updated: 2017-08-12
The Cleveland Indians are road favorites on Sunday afternoon, as they visit the Tampa Bay Rays in a game that can be seen on TBS. The Indians are leading the AL Central, while the Rays are battling for a Wild Card spot in the American League. The Indians are scheduled to send their ace, Corey Kluber on Sunday, while the Rays go with Austin Pruitt. Let’s look at the game and MLB picks.
The Cleveland Indians visit the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, August 13 in the finale of a four-game series, with a start time of 1:10 pm Eastern on TBS.
Indians vs. Rays
The Indians were 29-25 in their first 54 road games, with 18 games going over, 30 going under the total, with six pushes. They are scoring 4.8 runs per game and giving up 3.7 per contest.
The Rays were 31-27 in their first 58 home games, with 31 games going over the total and 27 going under. They are scoring 4.4 runs per game and giving up 4.1 per contest.
Probable Pitching Matchup – Kluber vs. Pruitt
Kluber is right behind Chris Sale in the AL Cy Young race. Kluber is 10-3 with a 2.65 ERA. He is coming off two complete games and he has struck out 11 or more in five straight stats. He is 2-0 with a 2.22 ERA in his last three starts. He is 7-1 with a 1.70 ERA in his last 13 starts. He faced the Rays twice last season and allowed three runs in 16.2 innings.
Pruitt is 6-3 on the season with a 5.14 ERA. He allowed just one run on seven hits in six innings last time out against Boston but took the loss as he went against Chris Sale. It has been all or nothing for Pruitt in his four starts, as two of those starts have been scoreless, one other was just a start where he allowed one run and the other start he allowed five runs.
The Indians had taken six of the last ten before this series began, with three of the four going over the total. Cleveland had won 7 of the last 10 in Tampa, with the last four going under the total. The Indians are 9-3 in their last 12 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Rays are 3-7 in their last 10 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 4-1 in the Indians last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 6-1 in the Rays last 7 home games.
Kluber has been outstanding of late for the Indians and he has pitched well against Tampa in his career. Pruitt has had some good moments but I still don’t know that he can be trusted to win a high profile matchup. I will lay the price and take Cleveland and also play the game under the total.