In the first of a four-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (42-35) and the Cleveland Indians (42-35) at Tropicana Field, Nathan Karns (4-3, 3.28 ERA) and Cody Anderson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) get the ball. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 29 and will air on STO and SunSports.
In his most recent outing, Karns pitched 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out five and walking three in a 1-0 loss to the Blue Jays. In his career against the Rays, Anderson is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and four strikeouts. David Murphy (.336, 17 Rs, 4 HRs, 19 RBIs) has been doing well, going 4 for 4 yesterday.
Tampa Bay, a -128 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Cleveland. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Rays have a 21-18 record and overall money line at +611. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in all of baseball with 57 steals. Tampa Bay's pitching staff can be considered for best in its league, with an AL-low 3.24 team ERA. The Rays don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking third in the league with a 1.19 WHIP.
Switching gears, the Indians come into this game with a win percentage of .458 when playing as the underdog (11-13) and an overall money line of -1,615. Over the last 10 games, they were winless as the underdog with a 0-2 record and 3-7 SU. During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.6 runs per game, below their 4.0 season average. Cleveland has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an AL-best 3.7 walks per game. The Indians are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.50 ERA on the road this season. They also average just 7.7 hits allowed per road game, second-best in the AL. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in baseball with an AL-high 9.3 strikeouts per game.
In their previous three games this season, the Rays have a 2-1 record. This game will feature Anderson (RHP) on the mound against the Rays, who have a 27-27 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Indians will be the right-hander Karns. They sport a 22-22 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Tampa Bay is 16-14, while Cleveland is 11-12.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Indians are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rays have a 7-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 29-9. The Indians have a 26-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Tampa Bay ranks 24th with 283 runs and Cleveland is 23rd with 291.
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 268.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 30-17. When the Indians hit at least one homer, they have a 25-17 record.