The TAMPA BAY and the CLEVELAND will both be gunning for a victory on 5/26/2019 at 1:10 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
TAMPA BAY vs CLEVELAND
GAME: Tampa Bay Rays (30-19) at Cleveland Indians (26-25)
DATE/TIME: Sunday, May 26 – 1:10 PM EST
WHERE: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
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TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, FS Sun (Tampa Bay), STO (Cleveland)
PREDICTION: Indians 4, Rays 3
Oddsmakers currently have the CLEVELAND listed as point favorites versus the TAMPA BAY, while the game’s total is sitting at .
Rookie Brandon Lowe responded to a four-strikeout performance with a big offensive effort and hopes to build on that when the Tampa Bay Rays go for a series victory Sunday afternoon against the host Cleveland Indians. Lowe, who leads the team with 11 homers and 30 RBIs, had a run-scoring double to go along with a solo blast and a walk in Saturday’s 6-2 victory as the Rays won for the 17th time in 25 road games.
“He’s as good as anybody at staying consistent with his mind,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash told reporters of Lowe. “. … He’s knows he’s a good hitter and he knows when he gets some pitches to hit, more times than not he’s caught them this year. The other night, he was pitched tough and you kinda just move on. … He doesn’t change his approach. It is was it is and he does a good job of making sure he’s ready to hit to his strengths.” Ryne Stanek will take the ball as the opener for the Rays in the series finale, expected to be followed by Jalen Beeks, and Trevor Bauer tries to recapture his top form when he takes the mound for Cleveland. The Indians dropped five of their last six contests – winning 3-1 on Friday – and have managed just 15 hits combined in the first three games of the series after striking out 12 times Saturday. Cleveland’s Carlos Santana saw his 10-game walk streak come to an end Saturday, but went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, while All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor looks to rebound after going 0-for-3 with a strikeout, an error and getting picked off first base.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Ryne Stanek (0-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. Indians RH Trevor Bauer (4-3, 3.95)
Stanek has had success in the opener role, allowing four runs on 11 hits and four walks with 23 strikeouts across 20 1/3 innings in 13 starts. The 27-year-old did not give up a run over 1 2/3 innings in his last start Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers and retired two batters in relief Thursday against the Indians. Beeks would be coming off his worst performance of the season, after permitting five runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Bauer is winless in four starts this month after winning four times and posting a 2.45 ERA during his first seven outings of the season. The 28-year-old UCLA product gave up four runs on four hits and four walks in a 5-3 loss to Oakland on after permitting 17 runs across 17 frames in the previous three. Avisail Garcia is 9-for-28 with a pair of homers against Bauer, who is 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA in three career games (two starts) versus Tampa Bay.
1. Cleveland LHP Josh Smith struck out three and did not give up a run over 1 2/3 innings in his major league debut Saturday after being recalled.
2. Tampa Bay LF Tommy Pham has hit safely in 11 straight games after belting a two-run homer among two hits Saturday.
3. Indians 2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-4 on Saturday to end his on-base streak one game shy of matching his career high of 20.
PREDICTION: Indians 4, Rays 3