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Moneyline Favors Cleveland Indians in MLB Battle with Tampa Bay Rays

A key battle on the MLB betting odds menu sees the visiting Tampa Bay Rays dueling the Cleveland Indians on Friday at Progressive Field.

The Cleveland Indians will turn to Carlos Carrasco and his 8-5 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Tampa Bay Rays send Nathan Karns (3-3) to the hill.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Cleveland was a -169 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at 5Dimes pick an opening over under number of 7.5.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.9-3.6 win for the Rays. A 3.9-3.6 result in favor of the Rays is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Indians Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Indians sport a record of 31-34 heading into this matchup, while the Tampa Bay Rays sit at 38-30 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The Cleveland Indians vs Tampa Bay Rays odds would favor the Rays if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Cleveland is rated No. 19 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Tampa Bay is at No. 16.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Cleveland Indians and its No. 16-rated batting order, averaging 4.14 runs per nine innings, against the No. 25 line up of the Tampa Bay Rays at 3.76 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Cleveland has the No. 22-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rays own the No. 5 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Tampa Bay got the job done in their last match in a 5-3 victory over Washington on Thursday at Nationals Park behind starter Chris Archer.

The Indians enjoyed a 4-3 victory at the expense of the Cubs on Thursday, with Danny Salazar throwing 1 1/3 innings of 0-hit ball at Progressive Field.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland
  • Cleveland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Cleveland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at Cleveland, Saturday, June 20th