MLB Picks: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians

Jeff GrantContributor IOctober 2, 2013

MLB Picks: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians

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    The Tampa Bay Rays have won their last eight games against teams with a winning record, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks on Wednesday, as the Rays prepare to take on the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in the 2013 American League Wild Card Game.

    Sports bettors will find that the Rays are minus-113 road favorites in the pro baseball odds, with the betting total sitting at seven in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this American League wild-card matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

     

    *Gambling stats courtesy of SBR Forum.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    The Tampa Bay Rays picked up a 5-2 road victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday, allowing them to earn a wild-card spot for the third time in four years.

    MLB handicappers will find that the Rays are 4-1 in Alex Cobb's last five starts as a road favorite, while the UNDER is on a 5-1 run in that situation.

Cleveland Indians

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    The Cleveland Indians closed the regular season on a 10-game winning streak, but it's important to point out that the run came against the likes of the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros.

    Sports bettors will find that the Indians compiled a dismal 30-44 record against teams with a winning record during the 2013 campaign.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Tampa Bay Rays, as they've won eight of their last 10 games as a favorite.

    MLB Pick: Tampa Bay Rays minus-113

     

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