Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Guardians - 10/7/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Cleveland Guardians (92-70) vs Tampa Bay Rays (86-76)

Game Info: Friday, October 7, 2022 at 12:07 pm (Progressive Field)

Shane Bieber (13-8) (2.88) vs Shane McClanahan (12-8) (2.54)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Guardians -115 / Tampa Bay Rays +105 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays will play the Cleveland Guardians in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card on Friday afternoon at Progressive Field.

The Tampa Bay Rays are 86-76 this season and have lost nine of their last eleven games. Tampa Bay is coming off of a series loss against the Red Sox, where they lost all three games played in the series. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.41 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a .232 opponent batting average this season. The Rays offense has scored 666 runs with a .239 batting average and a .309 on base percentage. Randy Arozarena is batting .263 with 20 home runs and 89 RBI’s for the Rays this season. The projected starter for Tampa Bay is Shane McClanahan, who is 12-8 with a 2.54 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP over 166.1 innings pitched this season.

The Cleveland Guardians are 92-70 this season and have won six of their last eight games. Cleveland is coming off of a series win against Kansas City, where they won four of the six games played in the series. The Cleveland pitching staff has a 3.46 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and a .230 opponent batting average. The Guardians offense has scored 698 runs with a .254 batting average and a .316 on base percentage this year. Jose Ramirez is batting .280 with 29 home runs and 126 RBI’s for the Guardians this season. The projected starter for Cleveland is Shane Bieber, who is 13-8 with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP over 200 innings pitched this season.

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Tampa Bay is 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games and 1-5 in their last 6 playoff games. The under is 4-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 5 games. Cleveland is 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games and 6-2 in their last 8 home games. The over is 6-0 in Cleveland’s last 6 games. Tampa Bay is 13-5 in these two teams last 18 head to head meetings.

Tampa Bay finished the regular season very poorly, while Cleveland played pretty consistently over the last few months of the season. Cleveland will have the home field advantage in this game and both teams have very good pitchers on the mound. I like the Guardians in this game and think Tampa Bay is going to start very slow on offense.

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