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MLB Betting: Rays face Indians

Justin Masterson looks to remain undefeated on the season tonight when he leads the Cleveland Indians up against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Masterson (5-0, 2.11) allowed only one run on nine hits in seven innings in a no decision against the Angels in his last start. Getting the start for the Rays tonight will be James Shields (3-1, 2.01). In his last start Shields gave up one run on three hits in 7 1-3 innings in a win over Baltimore.

View Tampa Bay vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Indians in this one will find them as -115 favorites on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 7.5 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Indians at No. 4 in the American League and the Rays at No. 11 in the American League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cleveland's No. 2-rated American League offense, averaging 4.9 runs per game, against a Rays defense that ranks No. 2 in the American League at 3.5 in runs allowed per game. The Indians have averaged 9.1 hits per game so far, more than Rays batters have averaged on the year (8.4 hits per game).

Cleveland owns the American League's No. 3 defense, allowing 3.7 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Tampa Bay's American League No. 2-rated defense.

Tampa Bay was an 8-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Indians. They won as -140 favorites, while the total score of 10 made winners of OVER bettors. The Rays enjoyed an 8-2 victory at the expense of the Indians on Wednesday, with David Price throwing 8 innings of 5-hit ball at Progressive Field.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Baltimore are 5-5
After playing Cleveland are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Seattle are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 2-8
After a loss are 7-3


A few Rays at Indians trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Cleveland
Cleveland is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cleveland's last 8 games at home
Cleveland is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Cleveland is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Baltimore, Friday, May 13
Cleveland home to Seattle, Friday, May 13

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