Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 5/8/2014
Friday, May 9, 7:10 PM on STOh, SUN
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Cleveland Indians - Kluber, C (2-3) vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Odorizzi, J (1-3)
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Friday night, Corey Kluber gets the ball for the Cleveland Indians as they face Jake Odorizzi and the Tampa Bay Rays. Kluber makes his 8th start as Odorizzi makes his 7th.
Corey Kluber missed getting the decision in his last start despite an 8 inning effort where he gave up just a run on 3 hits (including a homer) with 2 walks and a career high 13 strikeouts. It left Kluber’s record at 2 - 3 with a 3.60 ERA. Kluber already has 48 strikeouts and could surpass the 136 he got last season as he went 11 - 5 with a 3.85 ERA in 24 starts and 2 relief appearances.
In 2013, Kluber pitched just 2 innings in 1 relief appearance against the Rays. In his short career, he has only faced 6 of the Tampa Bay hitters and he didn’t surrender a hit to any of them.
Jake Odorizzi only lasted 4 innings in his last start and failed to get the decision. In that last outing, Odorizzi gave up 3 runs on 5 hits (including a home run) with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Odorizzi has just one start where he has gone 6 innings with his last 2 starts totaling 8.1 innings combined. His record coming into this game is 1 – 3 with a 6.83 ERA. Last season, Odorizzi was 0 – 1 with a save and an ERA of 3.94 in 4 starts and 3 relief appearances.
In 2013, Odorizzi didn’t face the Indians and his experience against the Cleveland roster is limited to 5 batters. Each of those batters has a hit and Lonnie Chisenhall’s one hit is a solo homer.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 16-17-0 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Cleveland Indians is -0.5
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Rays are 20-12-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Tampa Bay Rays is -0.3
Injuries to Watch
05/05/14 1B Jason Giambi Calf 15-day DL (5/4)
05/02/14 2B Jason Kipnis Abdominal 15-day DL (4/30)
Tampa Bay Rays
04/13/14 P Alex Cobb Oblique 15-day DL (4/13)
04/08/14 P Matt Moore Elbow 15-day DL (4/8), out for season
03/30/14 2B Tim Beckham Knee 15-day DL (3/30)
03/28/14 P Jeremy Hellickson Elbow 15-day DL (3/30)
Josh's Pick: Take Cleveland
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