3-Game MLB POWER SWEEP
Cleveland vs. Tampa Bay,
09/01/2019 13:10 EDT,
Score: 2 - 8
Money Line: -185 Tampa Bay
6* Tampa Bay (1:10 ET): The Indians were the hottest team in baseball for awhile, but have run into the proverbial "brick wall" here in Tampa Bay, losing 4-0 Friday and 9-6 Saturday. In an ultra-tight Wild Card race, the losses have proven costly. It's a three-team race w/ the Indians' advantage now down to just one-half game over both the Rays and A's entering Sunday. The Tribe have also sustained two key injuries during the last week, one to Jose Ramirez and the other to Tyler Nayquin. Jason Kipnis also left yday's game w/ a wrist injury. They're sizable underdogs on the money line Sunday afternoon and unfortunately, I see this being another loss for them at Tropicana Field.
Given the way this series has gone so far, Cleveland would hate to have to make a return visit for the Wild Card Game. The Rays actually have a better record on the road than they do at home, but as Cleveland has found out (the hard way), it's tough to score against TB pitching. Even when they did put six runs on the board yday, they still lost. That's bad news as they are highly unlikely to score that many again today facing Charlie Morton, who has gone 13-6 in 28 starts for the Rays this season. Morton's numbers are better at home as he has a 2.68 ERA and 0.942 WHIP.
The Rays have taken five of the six meetings w/ the Indians this season and yesterday's game was actually the first time that the Indians scored more than three runs. Cleveland has now lost seven of its last eight road games that weren't played in Detroit. Adam Plutko faces a lot of pressure in Sunday's start and while he's having a decent year, his worst start to date came against the Rays on May 23rd when he allowed 7 runs and 12 hits in just 5 1/3 IP. 6* Tampa Bay