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Rays Have Been Terrible In Series Openers

The Tampa Bay Rays are fighting for an American League wild-card spot but will need to stop putting themselves behind the 8-ball in order to make the postseason. The Rays have dropped their past six series-opening games by a combined score of 33-15. Tropicana Field is the backdrop of a four-game set between the Rays and Cleveland Indians that kicks off Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • Corey Dickerson is 4-for-14 with 3 HRs and 5 RBIs against the Indians this season.
  • The Indians are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games against the Rays.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Indians’ last 3 games against the Rays.

Danny Salazar has been lights out since returning from the DL, as the right-hander has a 1.35 ERA while holding opponents to a .121 batting average in his past three outings. However, Salazar allowed a season-high five earned runs and four dingers in his start against the Rays back in May.

The struggling Blake Snell will return to the majors to replace an injured Alex Cobb in the rotation. Snell, who was optioned to Triple-A on Friday, is 0-6 with a 4.98 ERA in 14 starts with the Rays this season. The 24-year-old has just one quality start this season and has failed to throw a sixth-inning pitch in all but four games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Tampa Bay Rays as 123 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB betting odds matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8.5 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

OddsShark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.3-2.4 win for the Indians on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Cleveland Indians vs Tampa Bay Rays Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

58-57 Tampa Bay battles the Indians, currently with a 60-51 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Cleveland injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 24-rated Tampa Bay Rays and the league No. 4-ranked Cleveland Indians, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Tampa Bay owns the No. 23 ranking for hits at 8.43 per game. By contrast, the Cleveland Indians are rated No. 11 in the same category at 8.79 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Tampa Bay has the No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Indians own the No. 2 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Cleveland lost a tight one on Wednesday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 3-2 score against Colorado at Progressive Field.

Tampa Bay suffered an 8-2 loss against Boston on Wednesday, as Jake Odorizzi wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Tropicana Field.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Cleveland is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games
  • Cleveland is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Tampa Bay, Friday, August 11