Cleveland Indians vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 7/6/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+110) Tampa Bay (-141)
J.C. Mejia and the Cleveland Indians (42-39, 2nd in AL Central) head to Tropicana Field on Tuesday where they'll take on the Tampa Bay Rays (48-36, 2nd in AL East). The Indians open this game at +110 while the Rays are coming in at -141. The total is set at 8. The expected starting pitchers are J.C. Mejia and Michael Wacha.
As a team, the Cleveland Indians are putting up 4.3 runs per game, which has them sitting at 16th in baseball. They have earned a total of 347 runs while having a team OBP of .296. The Indians have earned 118 two-baggers as a squad and have knocked 98 baseballs out of the stadium. They have recorded 329 runs batted in in addition to 599 hits so far this year, and their team batting average is at .227. Cleveland is slugging .393 and have been called out on strikes 677 times, while being walked on 229 occasions.
Indians pitchers have surrendered 102 home runs in addition to 363 total runs (15th in baseball). They have walked 299 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.24 as a unit on the year. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.57 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.30. The Indians have an earned run average of 4.35 for the year (19th in the league), and their staff has rung up 768 batters.
The Indians bullpen have earned a save percentage of 81.5% and stepped onto the hill in 62 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 103 runners this season with 30.1% of them crossed home plate. Indians relief pitchers have come into the game with players on base 73 times in addition to having 75 appearances in high leverage situations. The Indians have sent 270 relievers to the mound this year. The relievers are sitting with 33 holds on the year (25th in baseball). They have accumulated 22 saves so far this season and have not converted 5 of their 27 chances to save the game.
The Indians have turned 69.8% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 6,342 innings on the field, ranking them 18th in professional baseball. The Cleveland Indians have amassed 2,114 putouts over the course of the season, as well as 695 assists and 42 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .985 which ranks 9th in the majors, and they have twisted 558 double plays.
Mejia has pitched in 27 frames and has accumulated 25 strikeouts during his MLB career. Mejia (1-3 win-loss record in his career) holds a FIP of 4.21 and he has faced 113 batters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 6.18 (19 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.265. He has allowed 26 base knocks (8.5 hits per nine innings) and has 9 walks.
Tampa Bay has knocked in 101 home runs so far this season and 384 runs batted in. They have notched 147 two-baggers, while getting a free base 323 times as well as putting up 406 runs. The Tampa Bay Rays hold a team on-base percentage of .314 as well as a team batting average of .229 so far this season. The Rays have a slugging percentage of .391 and they average 4.83 runs per contest (9th in MLB). They have been rung up on 865 occasions (1st in the league) and have tallied 654 hits.
The Rays have a team WHIP of 1.141 with a FIP of 3.75 as a team so far this year. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 3.43 (795 strikeouts vs 232 free passes). They have a ranking of 13th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 635. They have conceded 97 dingers and they give up 4.03 runs per 9 innings (8th in MLB). The Tampa Bay pitching staff have conceded 340 runs so far this season while having an ERA of 3.55 (300 earned runs relinquished).
Tampa Bay relievers have an inherited score percentage of 31.8% out of their 85 inherited base runners. Their relievers have come in 111 times in high leverage situations and on 69 occasions with runners on. Sitting with 87 save situations, the Rays have earned 51 holds and also 11 blown saves. They are ranked 6th in baseball with a save rate of 67.6%, and they have dispatched 270 relief pitchers to the mound this season. Tampa Bay has called on relievers to step onto the mound in 34 save opportunities and they have recorded 23 saves.
In 6,840 innings played, the Rays have a defensive efficiency of 71.0% (7th in pro baseball). The Tampa Bay Rays have turned 72 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .987 (2nd in MLB). The Rays have 761 assists, 39 errors and have 2,280 putouts so far this season.
During his career, Wacha has conceded 951 base knocks while he has totaled 840 punch outs in 953 innings pitched. Wacha (61-45 career mark) has earned a 4.08 ERA while surrendering 9.0 hits per nine innings. He has surrendered a total of 432 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.338 and a FIP of 4.1. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.59 and he has faced 4,067 opposing batters so far in his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Cleveland (+110)
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