Point Spread: 1.50 | -130.00 Cleveland (Home)
The Rays, who have also won six of their last nine games, can usually count on solid starting pitching. But I don’t believe that will be the case here tonight as they send Luis Patino to the bump. Patino will be making just his fifth start of 2021 here and second since May. He was recalled from Triple-A Durham despite giving up seven runs in his last start here in the big leagues. That was 7/2 vs. Toronto, a game the Rays lost 11-1. It should be noted they were also close to losing yesterday (at home vs. Baltimore) before a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth. They were down to their last out.
So you’ve got a situation where both teams are coming off one-run victories (same exact score too!). Tampa Bay has been in 27 one-run games this year while Cleveland has been in 28. The only other AL team with more one-run decisions this year is Oakland (30). Cal Quantrill led a one-run win (3-2) for the Indians in his last start as he gave up only one run in five innings. It was his second consecutive victory. The Rays have lost four in a row as road favorites and I don’t see the home team doing any worse than a one-run loss here. 8* Run Line Cleveland