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MLB Odds: Indians vs. Rays

James Shields takes the mound looking for another shutout tonight when his Tampa Bay Rays host the Cleveland indians.

Shields (5-2, 2.00) is coming off a complete game shutout of Florida in which he allowed only three hits while striking out 13. Carlos Carrasco (3-2, 5.16) gets the start for the Indians. In his last outing he earned a win over Cincinnati after allowing four runs on six hits over six innings.

View Cleveland vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Indians were listed as +-180 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 7.5 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Rays rated this week at No. 8 and the Indians sitting at No. 2.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tampa Bay has the American League's No. 8-rated offensive output, at 8.2 hits per game. The Indians average 8.8 hits per game, good for No. 5 on the American League list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Tampa Bay has the American League's No. 2-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Indians own the American League's No. 5 mark in runs allowed.

Cleveland lost its last outing, a 5-0 result against the Rays on May 27. Bettors who backed the Rays at -175 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. David Price shut down the Indians in their last game, striking out 12 in a 5-0 shutout over Cleveland in baseball action at Tropicana Field.

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

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


A few Indians at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Cleveland's last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing at home against Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Tampa Bay, Sunday, May 29

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