Matt Moore (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Corey Kluber (3-9, 3.66 ERA) take the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (42-38) and the Cleveland Indians (36-41) at Tropicana Field. The Indians won the last game 8-1 and Cleveland can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. Action begins at 12:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jul. 2 and can be seen on STO and SunSports.
This is the first time Moore will pitch this season. He pitched 10.0 innings last season, finishing 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and six strikeoutsJoey Butler (.316, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI. When pitching against the Rays, Kluber is 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 29 strikeouts. Jason Kipnis (.346, 53 Rs, 6 HRs, 34 RBIs, 10 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Indians, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Cleveland takes on Tampa Bay as a -125 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at six runs. The Rays have an overall money line of +392 and a record as the underdog of 21-18. The Rays have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.6 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.6 runs per game. Tampa Bay is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 57 bases. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Rays, who have a team ERA of only 3.35. The Rays are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.20 so far this season.
In games where it is the favorite, Cleveland has a 23-27 record and an overall money line of -1,506. Cleveland is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 3.6 per game. Cleveland's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 3.47 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Indians are second in the AL on the road with an average of 7.3 hits allowed per away game. The Indians have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 9.2 strikeouts per game.
The Indians lead the season series, 4-2. The Rays have a 27-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kluber takes the mound. Moore (LHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have an 11-18 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Cleveland is 13-12, while Tampa Bay is 16-16.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rays have a 16-23 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 6-30. The Rays have a 7-25 record when opponents outhit them.
Cleveland ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting 66 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top half at 13th with 71.
Ranking 12th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.08 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.49.
Ranking 23rd, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.684). Cleveland ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .717.
The Indians are 23-33 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rays are 17-28 when they allow at least one homer.