In the third of a four-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (42-37) and the Cleveland Indians (42-37) at Tropicana Field, Alex Colome (3-3, 4.50 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (9-6, 4.16 ERA) get the ball. The Indians won the last game 6-2 and Cleveland leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jul. 1 and will air on STO and SunSports.
In his last start, Colome pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out two and walking five in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox. In his pitching opportunities against the Rays, Carrasco is 1-3 with a 3.33 ERA, 21 strikeouts and seven walks. Jason Kipnis (.346, 52 Rs, 6 HRs, 33 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Tampa Bay is a slight underdog (+100) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Rays are 21-17 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +492. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in all of baseball with 57 steals. Turning to the pitching staff, the Rays lead the AL in ERA with a 3.31 team average. The Rays don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking fourth in the league with a 1.19 WHIP.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Indians come into this game with a win percentage of .449 when playing as the favorite (22-27) and an overall money line of -1,606. The Indians will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, Cleveland's run production has dropped to 2.9 runs per game, compared to 3.6 for the duration of the season. The Indians average 3.6 walks per game, making them the most disciplined team in the AL. The Indians are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.54 ERA on the road this season. They also allow just 7.5 hits per road game, good for second in the AL. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in baseball with an AL-high 9.2 strikeouts per game.
The Indians are 3-2 against the Rays this season. This game will feature Carrasco (RHP) on the mound against the Rays, who have a 27-28 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Colome will take the mound against the Indians, who have a 23-23 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, 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 16-22 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 6-30. The Rays have a 7-24 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, Cleveland has hit 65 this season. Tampa Bay ranks 13th with 71 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.15 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.51.
Tampa Bay and Cleveland both rank in the bottom half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Tampa Bay sits at 20th with an OPS of .690 and Cleveland ranks 16th with an OPS of .717.
When the Indians allow at least one home run, they are 23-33. When the Rays allow one or more homers, they have a 17-27 record.