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Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Indians Preview

Cleveland IndiansTampa Bay Rays
May 29, 1:40 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Cleveland Indians vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

31-18TEAM RECORD27-24

The Tampa Bay Rays host Cleveland on Sunday, looking to build on their 27-24 mark against the 31-18 Indians in MLB betting action at Tropicana Field.

For the Rays, Jeremy Hellickson gets the ball, charged with keeping the Indians hitters off the base paths. He'll face Justin Masterson, 5-2 on the year.

View Cleveland vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Rays in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -135 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Rays at No. 8 in the American League and the Indians at No. 2 in the American League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Tampa Bay's American League No. 8-ranked scoring average of 4.2 runs per game, against a Indians offense rated No. 2 and scoring 4.9 runs per game in the league. The Rays have averaged 8.2 hits per game to date this season, less than the Indians hitters have managed (8.8 per nine innings).

Defensively, Cleveland features the American League's No. 3-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.5 runs per game. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 in the American League at home, scoring 3 runs per game.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 7-3 winner as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Indians at +183 were rewarded, while the 10 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Cleveland looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Rays, a 7-3 final on Saturday in support of Carlos Carrasco at Tropicana Field.

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

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Texas are 6-4
After playing Cleveland are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

A few Indians at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Cleveland's last 17 games
Cleveland is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Tampa Bay's last 22 games at home
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Toronto, Monday, May 30
Tampa Bay home to Texas, Monday, May 30