Tampa Rays at Cleveland Indians
The Rays are on a slide. Their last 7 game home stand was below average 3-4 and their previous 9 game road trip was 3-6. During this span the Rays have failed to isolate losses and occassional wins with better than 1.5 run margin have been followed by 2 losses or more. Zach McAllister will start for the Tribe with 2 wins and 2 ND in last 4 all wins for Cleveland. Zach is limiting opposition to less than 3 runs in 5 out of 6 games which is the team record with Zack 5-1. Indians are swing their bats scoring 5 runs or more 7 out of last 10 games and James Shields, Tampa's starter, has been very hittable giving up 10 knocks to NYY in last start and 14 knocks to DET before that. He has allowed 7 knocks or more in 9 out of last 10 games. Needless to say his quality game has declined to few and far in between. Cleveland has always given Shields trouble, he is 1-5 with 3.93 ERA in 9 career starts. Going with Cleveland at home as small favorite to take the Tampa series 3-1.
CLEVELAND INDIANS -106 for 1 unit(L)
Chris Perez gives up 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to give this winner away. 7-6 Rays