MLB Betting – Rays and Indians Play Single Game to Get to Next Playoff Round

When MLB bettors ponder the matchup between the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays, they know that there is no tomorrow, because in the American League playoff format, the wild card teams have to win a single game before advancing on to the next round of play.

The Rays have had to do this already, as the other night they took care of business against the Texas Rangers, and now they make yet another trip to face the Indians in this one-off contest that is scheduled to begin around 8 PM ET at Progressive Field.

Cleveland closed its season with a very hard charge, winning its last ten games, and stands at 92-70, while the Rays’ record is 92-71, because the tiebreaker game they had to play against Texas was technically the 163rd game of the regular season.

In the MLB Betting odds that have been posted at BetAnySports on this game, the Rays are a favorite on the road:

American League Wild Card Game
Progressive Field, Cleveland
bet the major league playoffs
Tampa Bay Rays (Cobb – R) -115
Cleveland Indians (Salazar – R) +105

Over 7 Runs -115
Under 7 Runs -105

David Price gave a gift to his team on Monday night. That’s because he went the full distance to pick up the victory in Texas, and it was somewhat unexpected, in the respect that he had a 10.26 ERA in four starts in the Ballpark at Arlington. Now the bullpen has gotten some rest, and again, with the “no tomorrow” principle in place, Joe Maddon, manager of the Rays (+750 to win the AL pennant in MLB betting at BetAnySports) will have a lot more flexibility with his pitching staff.

He will send Alex Cobb out to the mound, and Cobb was nothing short of outstanding with his 11-3 record and 2.76 ERA. That didn’t come without some pain, of course, as Cobb was nailed with a line drive in the head in June and spent two months on the disabled list. He has come back strong, and demonstrated that he can eat up innings as well; in fact, he has gone 23-1/3 in his last three starts.

That is something Cleveland’s starter, Danny Salazar, can’t necessarily brag about. In fact, he has started only ten games in the major leagues. And in only one of them did he go beyond six innings.

The thing about Salazar, though, is the fact that he can really throw smoke, and throw it late in a game, as he showed against the Detroit Tigers in only his second start. In that outing, which went 7-2/3 innings, he was throwing at 100 miles an hour in the seventh inning, and 99 in the eighth, before Miguel Cabrera, who isn’t fooled much, took him out of the ballpark with a homer.

So during the time he is in there, he has the ability to dominate the opposition.

As Terry Francona, who is in his first year as Cleveland’s manager, attempts to move past this game for a return to Boston, where he won two World Series titles, one thing that hangs over the head of the Indians is the fact that they have not had success against teams with winning records. In fact, their record against clubs over .500 is 30-44, and that doesn’t afford them a whole lot of support when it comes to going all the way. Indeed, the Indians are priced at +2200 to win the World Series in baseball futures betting at BetAnySports, and that makes them the longshot.

Bet the Major League Baseball playoffs all the way to the end at BetanySports!

posted in News No Comments

Comments are closed.