2010 Season MLB Baseball Past Picks
July 09, 2010
Cleveland at Tampa Bay
Friday 07/09 07:10 PM Eastern
3 units on Tampa Bay -220 (moneyline) (risk 3 to return 3) RESULT: LOSS
The Rays have won six straight and should equal their season-high streak with another win tonight. Both of these starters are .500 pitchers, but Tampa Bay has the better bullpen by a longshot. On the road, Cleveland's pen has a 5.75 ERA and 3-8 record while the Rays' bullpen has a 3.53 home ERA. And, of course, Tampa Bay has the stronger bats with the Indians averaging a paltry 4.0 runs per game this season on the road. In three dome games this season, they have gotten only seven total runs and over their past seven games overall, the Indians are averaging just 3.0 runs per game. When facing a winning team, the Indians are just 50-90 overall the past two seasons. Tampa Bay takes care of business vs. poor offensive teams, going 28-10 thus far vs. AL teams with an OBP of .330 or worse (Cleveland's is just .317). The Rays are also 18-5 vs. AL teams that score under 4.3 runs per game. Tampa Bay gets the call here.