Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Blake Snell vs. Corey Kluber
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Progressive Field on Tuesday to play the Cleveland Indians. The probable starters are Blake Snell for the Rays and Corey Kluber for the Indians. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +168 and Cleveland at -178. The over/under was set at 8. The Rays have a 30-32-5 over/under record and a 30-37-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 45% of the time. The Indians are 33-35-0 against the run line and have a 34-28-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
The Rays head into this matchup with a 31-36 record, including 16-16 on the road. Starting pitcher Blake Snell has a 0-1 record with an earned run average of 2.16 and a WHIP of 1.68. He has 9 strikeouts over his 8.1 innings pitched and he has given up 10 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.41. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.81 and they have given up 194 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the bullpen while being struck out 185 times and walking 78 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 8.61 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.78 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.04. The Rays pitchers have collectively given up 569 base hits and 267 earned runs. They have allowed 88 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 202 batters and struck out 580. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.30 and their FIP as a unit is 4.20.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .239, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .258 average away from home. The Rays hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .311 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 8.1 hits per game. Evan Longoria comes into this game hitting .278 and his on-base percentage is at .335. He has 72 hits this season along with 39 runs scored and 41 runs batted in. He's struck out 67 times and has walked 22 times. Logan Forsythe is hitting .302 and he has an on-base percentage of .377. He has totaled 45 hits so far while scoring 22 runs and he's driven in 15. He has walked 16 times and has struck out 35 times. The Rays have 543 hits, including 114 doubles and 98 home runs. They've stolen 25 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 15 times. Tampa Bay has walked 211 times this season and they've struck out 628 times as a unit. They've left 466 men on base and have a team OPS of .741. They score 4.12 runs per contest and have scored a total of 276 runs so far this year.
Cleveland comes into this matchup with a 20-12 home record and a 38-30 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.23, Corey Kluber has a 6-7 record and a 1.07 WHIP. He has 94 strikeouts over the 93.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 80 hits. He has allowed 7.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.94. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.38 and they have given up 169 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 192 times and walking 78 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.16 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.45 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.71. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 554 base knocks and 252 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 77 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff has walked 191 hitters and struck out 574. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.22 while their FIP as a staff is 3.89.
As a team, they are batting .254, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .290 average at home. The Indians hold a .418 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.69 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this matchup batting .265 and he has an OBP of .323. He has 70 hits this year along with 34 runs scored and 34 RBI. He's struck out 63 times and has walked on 24 occasions. Francisco Lindor is hitting .308 and he has an OBP of .370. He has collected 80 hits so far while he's scored 42 runs and drove in 35. He has earned a walk 26 times and has punched out 39 times. The Indians as a unit have 591 base hits, including 116 doubles and 80 homers. They have 51 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 14 times. Cleveland as a team has walked 229 times this year and they have struck out 548 times. They've had 451 men left on base and have an OPS of .739. They score 4.71 runs per game and have totaled 320 runs so far this season.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 30-32-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 30-37-0 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 34-28-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 33-35-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
06/17/16 RF Steven Souza Hip 15-day DL (6/15)
06/06/16 LF Brandon Guyer Hamstring 15-day DL (6/4)
06/02/16 P Brad Boxberger Oblique 15-day DL (6/1)
05/31/16 P Ryan Webb Pectoral 15-day DL (5/27)
05/23/16 CF Kevin Kiermaier Hand 15-day DL (5/22)
04/10/16 P Chase Whitley Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Alex Cobb Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
06/01/16 LF Marlon Byrd Suspension out for season
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 15-day DL (5/10)
05/02/16 C Roberto Perez Thumb 60-day DL (5/2)
Josh's Pick: Take the Rays
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