We’re always trying to make the most money possible off of the MLB odds each and every night, and here in the playoffs is definitely not an exception. Join us on Wednesday, as we make our Tampa Bay Rays @ Cleveland Indians free picks and predictions for what should be a great clash in the AL Wild Card Game.
October 2nd MLB Picks: Tampa Bay Rays @ Cleveland Indians
Date: Wednesday, October 2nd, 8:07 ET
Location: Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
Rays vs. Indians On TV: TBS
Tampa Bay Rays (Alex Cobb) -112
Cleveland Indians (Danny Salazar) +104
Getting to eight runs in this game is going to be awfully tough. Monday’s game between the Rays and the Rangers was one of those gritty ones where runs were really tough to come by, and if not for some clutch hitting far beyond the norm for this time of year, the game wouldn’t haven’t come close to the number. The argument could be made that RHP Alex Cobb was one of the best right-handed pitchers in the AL East this year when he was on the mound. His season was interrupted by taking a shot back to the mound off of the head, and he was never expected to be the same. Instead, he’s back at this point, and he won 11 games to show for his work with a sub-3.00 ERA. We’re really not all that sure about the decision to start RHP Danny Salazar, but we think that Manager Terry Francona knows what he is doing giving the Rays very little time to prepare for a man who they have never seen before. We know that Justin Masterson is going to be available in the bullpen, and we know that there are a lot of pitchers that are available now that wouldn’t be available otherwise later in the playoffs because extra starters don’t have to be carried. This could become an interesting one, and a 2-1 game one way or the other isn’t out of the question.
Tampa Bay Rays @ Cleveland Indians Pick: Under 7
Tampa Bay Rays @ Cleveland Indians Score Prediction: Rays 2 – Indians 1