Rays vs Guardians Prediction - MLB Picks 9/3/23

Cleveland Guardians (65-70) vs Tampa Bay Rays (82-53)

Game Info: Sunday, September 3, 2023 at 4:10 pm (Progressive Field)

Xzavion Curry (3-3) (4.10) vs Aaron Civale (7-3) (2.64)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Guardians +133 / Tampa Bay Rays -145 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Guardians face off on Sunday in an MLB showdown at Progressive Field. 

Can the Guardians Make the Playoffs?

The Guardians were aggressive with the waiver wire earlier this week and there is no wiggle room now because they are still trailing the Minnesota Twins. In the first game of this series the offense wasn’t great, but the pitching was and that led to the 3-2 victory. The Guardians are averaging 4.06 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.12 runs per game. The offense is ranked 26th while the pitching is ranked 6th. On the mound for the Guardians will be Xzavion Curry who sits with a 3-3 record and an ERA Of 4.10. 

Rays Need the Bats Here

The Rays overall this season has had one of the top offenses in baseball, but they have been inconsistent, and in the first game of this series they really struggled to get the offense going here. The Rays are averaging 5.33 runs while thier pitching is giving up 3.96 runs per game. The offense is ranked 4th in the league while the pitching is first. Randy Arozarena has hit 21 home runs and driven in 77 RBIs. 

Shane’s Free Pick

I expect the Rays bats are going to get going here. I don’t trust Curry who sits with an ERA of 4.10. The Rays will score four of ive off of him early, and that is going to be the difference here. The Guardians aren’t going to give Curry much run support, and the Rays are going to get the job done. Back the Rays. 

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

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