Erasmo Ramirez (6-2, 4.23 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (42-36) go up against Danny Salazar (6-3, 4.06 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (34-41) in the second of a four-game series at Tropicana Field. The Indians won the last game 7-1 and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 30 and will air on STO and SunSports.
In his last start, Ramirez pitched 3.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out three in a 4-1 loss to the Indians. The Indians were unsuccessful the last time Salazar pitched. He struggled, going, going 4.1 innings, giving up six runs (one unearned), striking out eight and walking three in a 7-3 loss to the Tigers. Jason Kipnis (.348, 51 Rs, 5 HRs, 32 RBIs, 10 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Indians, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
Tampa Bay is favored by a small -108 margin in its matchup against Cleveland. The matchup currently has a seven-run Over/Under (O/U). The Rays are 21-18 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +611. The Rays are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 57 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Rays lead the AL in ERA with a 3.27 team average. The Rays are third in the league in WHIP at 1.20.
Moving on to the away team, the Indians come into this game with a win percentage of .440 when playing as the underdog (11-14) and an overall money line of -1,715. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 3-7 SU and have a poor 0-3 record when they were an underdog to win. 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 2.6 runs per game, compared to 3.7 for the duration of the season. The Indians average 3.6 walks per game, making them the most disciplined team in the AL. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have the third-lowest road ERA in the AL at 3.61. They also average just 7.6 hits allowed per road game, second-best in the AL. The Cleveland pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an AL-best 9.3 strikeouts per game.
This game will feature Salazar (RHP) on the mound against the Rays, who have a 27-27 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Ramirez will take the mound against the Indians, who have a 22-23 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
Cleveland has won 50% (12-12) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Tampa Bay has won 52% (16-15) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Rays have a 0-4 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 29-9. The Indians have a 27-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 284 this season. Cleveland ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 298.
Ranking 19th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 210 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five at second with 272.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 30-18, well-matched with the Indians who are 26-17 when hitting one or more homers.