Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Guardians AL Wild Card - Game 1 10-7-22

Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Guardians AL Wild Card Game 1 10/7/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Guardians AL Wild Card Game 1 10/7/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Tampa Bay Rays will meet with the Cleveland Guardians for Game 1 of the at Progressive Field, OH on Friday at 12:07 PM. The Rays went to the postseason for the fourth consecutive year, defying expectations as they did so.

 

The Yankees’ early-season dominance gave them little hope of winning the AL East for a third time in a row, but Tampa Bay rode its unusual strategies to overcome some significant injuries and once again qualify for the postseason.

 

The Rays will be aiming for their first championship, their second trip to the World Series in the last three years, and their third appearance overall. 

 

This season, Shane McClanahan seized the staff ace role and ran with it, assisting the Rays in compiling the third-best staff ERA in the majors, ahead of teams like the Yankees, Mets, and Braves. McClanahan, who is probably a Cy Young finalist, exceeded double-digit strikeouts per nine innings while reducing both walks and hard contact. 

 

  • The Tampa Bay Rays are 39-42 in their road games against the spread.
  • The total went OVER in 1 of the team’s previous 5 matches.
  • The total went OVER in 35 of the Rays’ 81 last games at home.

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Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Guardians AL Wild Card Game 1 Predictions 10/7/2022

 

The Guardians‘ offense isn’t very strong; it ranks 18th in wRC+ at 98, worst among postseason teams and behind clubs like the Red Sox, Giants, and Orioles that didn’t make it.

 

The Guardians, however, have an incredible ability to put the bat on the ball, which they use to wear down pitching staffs.

 

They only strike out 18.3% of the time, which is the majors’ lowest percentage by more than a full point. But it’s less patience than the best bat-to-ball skill in the sport because they walk at the fifth-lowest rate. 

 

Shane Bieber, whose 2020 season was cut short by the pandemic, may never again be the overpowering force he once was, but he is still the rotation’s undisputed ace thanks to his continued good health following an injury-shortened 2021 season.

 

Triston McKenzie, who will end off his first complete season with close to 200 innings pitched and a sub-3.00 ERA while also leading the team in strikeout rate, follows him as the undisputed No. 2. 

 

  • The Cleveland Guardians are 3-2 in their previous 5 games against the spread.
  • The Guardians are 46-34 in their road games against the spread.
  • The total went OVER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 5 matches.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Guardians. The MLB pick for this game is the Cleveland Guardians.

 

One of Cleveland’s most notable assets is its bullpen, which ranks third in the American League after the Astros and Yankees.

 

With an ERA under 1.50 with predicted signs that suggest it’s not very random, Emmanuel Clase burst onto the scene to establish himself as one of the most dominant closers in all of baseball this season 5-3. 

 

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MLB Starting Time: 12:07 PM (EDT)

 

Location: Progressive Field, OH 

 

Date: Friday, October 7, 2022

 

TV: ESPN

 

MLB Odds: Cleveland Guardians +1.5 

 

MLB Totals: +105

 

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