RAYS vs INDIANS Free MLB PICK: September 11, 2018
Pick: RAYS ML -110
RAYS vs INDIANS MLB ANALYSIS
The Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians square off in the rubber match of this crucial series for the Rays as they fight for their playoff lives. The series is tied up at 1-1. The Rays took game one 6-5. That win extended their very impressive home winning streak to 12 games. However they had that win streak snapped in game 2 when they were shutout by rookie Shane Bieber. With how long they have been winning at home they were due for a bad performance but I think they are set up for a bounce back game here. They will have their ace Blake Snell on the mound who has pitched to an incredible 18-5 record with a 2.06 ERA and is a legit candidate to win the CY Young award in the American League. He will look to have a strong performance to bolster his already very impressive CY Young case. He also dominated the Indians his last start giving up 1 earned run over 6.2 innings of work. The Indians will counter Snell with Carlos Carrasco who has a 16-8 record with a 3.41 ERA but his numbers are misleading. Carrasco has had a very easy schedule down the stretch of this season. He has only made 1 start against a top 10 offense since July 21st almost 3 months ago and he was lit up by the Red Sox for 6 runs in 3.2 innings in that start. Carrasco’s started against the Rays just over a week ago and it did not go all that well. He gave up 5 earned runs in 6.1 innings.
The Rays have the edge on the mound thanks to their ace Blake Snell and are a better team at home than the Indians are on the road. Back Snell to have a dominant outing and for the Rays to bounce back and get a win at home.