Cleveland Guardians vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, Pick and Preview, October 8 (10/8): MLB

Cleveland Guardians vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, Pick and Preview, October 8 (10/8): MLB

Odds

Time 12:07 p.m. EST
Rays money line +100
Rays run line +1.5 (-240)
Guardians money line -120
Guardians run line -1.5 (+200)
Over / under 6

 

Key stats

  Tampa Bay Rays  Cleveland Guardians
Record 86-77 93-70
Home / road record 35-47 47-35
Last 10 record 2-8 7-3
Streak L6 W3
Over / under record 72-81-10 76-79-8
Runs / game 4.11 4.31
Runs allowed / game 3.79 3.91

 

Preview

The AL Central division champion Cleveland Guardians will host the Tampa Bay Rays to play the 2nd game of the AL Wild Card Series at the Progressive Field. The Guardians took the win 2-1 in the first game of the series. Ramírez connected for a two-run homer and Shane Bieber dominated Tampa Bay for 7 2/3 innings.

 

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays get here with a 86-77 record and have lost 8 of their last 10 games. The team is averaging 4.11 runs per game. They're batting for .239 AVG, 666 runs scored in 1294 hits and 139 home runs, ranking #18 in offense in the league behind the Chicago White Sox. Randy Arozarena leads the team in home runs with 20 and 89 RBI while Yandy Diaz is batting for .295.

Defensively they are allowing 3.74 runs per game and rank #6 in the league. Shane McClanahan leads the pitching staff with a 2.54 ERA, 194 strikeouts and 12 wins recorded with the Rays.

Probable Pitcher:  Tyler Glasnow (0-0, 1.35 ERA)

Glasnow will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Rays. Glasnow pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out seven in Monday's loss to the Red Sox. He did not factor into the decision. He has a record of 0-2 with an ERA of 2.12 and 12 strikeouts in 3 appearances against the Guardians in his career.

Cleveland Guardians

The Guardians get here with a 93-70 record and have won 7 of their last 9 games. They're averaging 4.17 runs and batting for .254 AVG, 698 runs scored in 1410 hits and 127 home runs, ranking #22 in offense, behind the Minnesota Twins. Jose Ramirez leads the team batting for .285 avg, 29 home runs and 126 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 3.99 runs per game and ranking #8 in the league. Shane Bieber leads the pitching staff with a 2.88 ERA, 198 strikeouts and 13 wins recorded with the Guardians.

Probable Pitcher: Triston McKenzie (11-11, 3.46 ERA)

McKenzie will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Blue Jays. McKenzie allowed one run on four hits over five frames against the Royals on Monday. He struck out four and did not factor in the decision. He has an ERA of 2.25 and 12 strikeouts in 2 appearances against the Rays in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Tampa Bay are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games.

Tampa Bay are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against Cleveland.

Tampa Bay are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland.

Cleveland are 14-3 SU in their last 17 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cleveland's last 12 games against Tampa Bay.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Rays were dominated by Shane Bieber and the Guardians bullpen and scored only 1 run in the game and have now lost 6 games in a row scoring an average of 1.5 runs per game on that strecht. Tyler Glasnow will start for the Rays who just returned with the team and has pitched only 6.2 innings but has been pretty solid allowing 1 run only. Triston McKenzie will take the mound for this game who has been solid lately and dominated the Rays the last time they met. This should be another close game as both starters have dominated the opponent. Take the under.

PICK: Under 6 (-110)

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