Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Guardians - 10/8/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Cleveland Guardians (93-70) vs Tampa Bay Rays (86-77)

Game Info: Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 12:07 pm (Progressive Field)

Triston McKenzie (11-11) (2.96) vs Tyler Glasnow (0-0) (1.35)

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 2 of the AL Wild Card on Saturday afternoon at Progressive Field. Cleveland leads the series 1-0.

The Tampa Bay Rays were 86-76 during the regular season, but lost Game 1 of this series by a score of 2-1 on Friday. Tampa Bay took the 1-0 lead in this game on a solo home run by Jose Siri in the sixth inning, but they gave up a two run homerun in the bottom of the sixth. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 2.25 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and a .258 opponent batting average this postseason. The Rays offense has scored one run with a .103 batting average and a .133 on base percentage. Jose Siri is batting .333 with one home run and one RBI for the Rays this postseason. The projected starter for Tampa Bay is Tyler Glasnow, who was 0-0 with a 1.35 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP over 6.2 innings pitched in the regular season.

The Cleveland Guardians were 92-70 during the regular season and have won seven of their last nine games, including the 2-1 win on Friday. Cleveland got a two-run homerun from Jose Ramirez in the bottom of the sixth inning and that was all of the offense they needed for the win. The Cleveland pitching staff has a 1.00 ERA, a 0.44 WHIP, and a .103 opponent batting average. The Guardians offense has scored two runs with a .258 batting average and a .258 on base percentage this postseason. Jose Ramirez is batting .500 with one home run and two RBI’s for the Guardians this postseason. The projected starter for Cleveland is Triston McKenzie, who was 11-11 with a 2.96 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP over 191.1 innings pitched this season.

Tampa Bay is 1-4 in their five game two’s of a series and 0-6 in their last 6 games. The under is 6-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 7 Saturday games. Cleveland is 7-1 in their last 8 game two’s of a series and 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. The over is 6-1 in Cleveland’s last 7 home games. The under is 5-1 in these two teams last 6 head to head meetings in Cleveland.

Game 1 of this series had some very good pitching and was low scoring and we should see more of the same in this game. Cleveland did hit the ball better than Tampa Bay did and led 8-3 in hits for the game. Glasnow hasn’t pitched much this season, but he has been good in the few innings he has pitched. McKenzie has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts. I like the under in this game.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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