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MLB Game Preview - Indians underdogs vs Rays at Cleveland

Tampa Bay RaysCleveland Indians
May 31, 7:05 PM | GrassProgressive Field

Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Indians Odds

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Baseball bettors look for value at Progressive Field on Friday as host Cleveland battles the Tampa Bay Rays in baseball odds action.

Tampa Bay puts its faith in starter Matt Moore to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 8-0. Getting the ball for the Indians is Corey Kluber, who owns a 2-3 record on the season with a 4.95 ERA.

View Tampa Bay vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Indians as +128 underdogs on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 6 (Indians) and the No. 2 (Rays) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Cleveland owns the No. 4 ranking for hits in the American League at 9.1 per game. By contrast, the Rays are rated No. 8 in the same category at 8.8 per game.

Defensively, Tampa Bay features the American League's No. 11-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.7 runs per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 6 in the American League at home, scoring 4.9 runs per game.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 5-2 winner as they battled the Marlins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -142 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Rays enjoyed a 5-2 victory at the expense of the Marlins on Thursday, with A Colome throwing 5 2/3 innings of 5-hit ball at Marlins Park.

The Indians were a 7-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Reds. That made winners of bettors who got Cleveland at +106 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for UNDER bettors. Cleveland got the job done in their last match in a 7-1 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday at Progressive Field behind starter Scott Kazmir.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Cleveland are 4-6
After playing Miami are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After playing Cincinnati are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Rays at Indians trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Cleveland is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games at home
Cleveland is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Cleveland, Saturday, June 1