Matt DiLeo previews Game 1 of this American League Showdown and gives his input on who will draw first bloodT
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Game 1 of the 4 Game series between the Rays and Indians. The game will be played at Progressive Field, on Thursday May 23rd, at 6:10 PM EST.
Rays vs. Indians Preview
2 teams in 2nd place in their perspective divisions try to keep rolling to gain a step closer to their division leaders. Who will jump on Game 1 of this 4-game series?? The Rays come off of a tough home series against the National League leading Dodgers and head to Cleveland who will be playing their second consecutive home series after first hosting the Oakland A’s. Which team has more to prove?
We are still in the beginning stages of the lengthy baseball season, but there have been a couple of surprise teams who are showing some promise to be serious contenders throughout the entire season. The Tampa Bay Rays are definitely one of them. In a division dominated by the Yankees and Red Sox, the Rays are showing no signs of backing down and are looking to continue this momentum. The Indians on the other hand have dominated their division in recent years and are seeing the Twins steal their spotlight up until this point in the season. The Indians are 4.5 games back and are looking to reclaim the throne and show that they haven’t lost a step, while the Rays are trying to prove that they belong in their division right next to the top dogs.
This should be a great game and both teams should look to gain the upper hand on their fellow American league foe. The Indians will send out right hander Adam Plutko who will take the mound for the second time this year. He pitched a gem in his first outing, but that was against the Orioles so this should be a tougher matchup. In his career he is only 5-5 with an over 5.00 ERA.
Rays vs Indians Key Stats
- Tampa Bay is 15-7 on the road.
- Cleveland is 14-11 at home/.
- Both teams are 5-5 in their last 10 games.
- Brandon Lowe leads the Rays with 10 Home Runs
Rays vs Indians Betting Lines
Rays -120 Moneyline
Rays vs. Indians Prediction
I’m going to have to roll the dice with Tampa Bay here to keep playing well on the road and take home the W. They split a 2 game series with the Dodgers and are looking to keep playing at a high level and want to jump on the first game of a road series.