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Cleveland Guardians Hold 1-0 Advantage in Series Against Tampa Bay Rays

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The Cleveland Guardians (65-70, AL Central’s second place) are set to face off against the Tampa Bay Rays (82-53, AL East’s second place).

Location: Cleveland; Time: Saturday, 6:10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

PROJECTED STARTING PITCHERS: For the Rays, Zack Littell brings a 3-4 record, along with a 4.45 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 51 strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Guardians will likely start Logan Allen, who has a 6-7 record, a 3.61 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, and 102 strikeouts to his name.

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK MLB ODDS: The Rays are favored with odds of -118, while the Guardians trail closely at -101; the over/under stands at 8.5 runs.

OVERVIEW: The Cleveland Guardians currently have a 1-0 series lead in their three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Cleveland holds a 34-33 record in home games and an overall record of 65-70. The team has a 31-52 standing in games where they have surrendered at least one home run.

Conversely, Tampa Bay boasts a 37-30 record in away games and an 82-53 overall record. The Rays rank second in the American League with a total of 194 home runs, averaging 1.4 home runs per game.

This will be the teams’ fifth meeting this season, with the season series currently even at 2-2.

KEY PLAYERS: Jose Ramirez has been a standout for the Guardians, accumulating 31 doubles, four triples, 21 home runs, and 71 RBIs. Bo Naylor has also been in form, hitting 10-for-28 with four doubles, three home runs, and six RBIs in the last 10 games.

For the Rays, Yandy Diaz leads the team with a .324 batting average, complemented by 28 doubles, 17 home runs, 51 walks, and 66 RBIs. Isaac Paredes has also been significant, posting 13-for-44 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in his last 10 games.

RECENT PERFORMANCE: Over the last 10 games, the Guardians have a 6-4 record, a .243 team batting average, and a 4.75 ERA, but have been outscored by three runs. On the other hand, the Rays have an 8-2 record, a .289 batting average, and a 3.07 ERA, outscoring their opponents by 38 runs.

PLAYER AVAILABILITY: For the Guardians, Gavin Williams is listed as day-to-day due to a knee issue. Michael Kelly is on a 15-Day IL for his back condition, while Josh Naylor and Shane Bieber are on 10-Day and 60-Day IL for side and elbow injuries, respectively. Triston McKenzie is also on a 60-Day IL due to an elbow injury.

For the Rays, Manuel Margot is on a 10-Day IL because of an elbow injury, Shane McClanahan and Drew Rasmussen are on 60-Day IL with forearm and flexor injuries, respectively. Garrett Cleavinger and Jeffrey Springs are also on 60-Day IL due to knee and elbow injuries, while Shane Baz is sidelined with an elbow injury.

This article was produced using technology from Data Skrive, along with data supplied by Sportradar.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Cleveland Guardians vs Tampa Bay Rays Series

What is the current series standing between the Cleveland Guardians and the Tampa Bay Rays?

The Cleveland Guardians currently hold a 1-0 series lead over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Who are the projected starting pitchers for the upcoming game?

Zack Littell is the projected starting pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, with a 3-4 record, a 4.45 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and 51 strikeouts. For the Cleveland Guardians, Logan Allen is likely to start, boasting a 6-7 record, a 3.61 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, and 102 strikeouts.

What are the Fanduel Sportsbook MLB odds for the game?

The Tampa Bay Rays are favored with odds of -118, while the odds for the Cleveland Guardians are -101. The over/under for the game is set at 8.5 runs.

Who are the key players for the Guardians and the Rays?

For the Guardians, Jose Ramirez and Bo Naylor are key players, with Ramirez having 31 doubles, four triples, 21 home runs, and 71 RBIs, and Naylor going 10-for-28 with four doubles, three home runs, and six RBIs in the last 10 games. Yandy Diaz and Isaac Paredes are leading for the Rays, with Diaz having a .324 batting average, 28 doubles, 17 home runs, 51 walks, and 66 RBIs, and Paredes hitting 13-for-44 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in his last 10 games.

How have the teams performed in their last 10 games?

In the last 10 games, the Cleveland Guardians have a 6-4 record, a .243 team batting average, and a 4.75 ERA. They have been outscored by three runs. The Tampa Bay Rays, on the other hand, have an 8-2 record, a .289 team batting average, and a 3.07 ERA, having outscored their opponents by 38 runs.

Are there any significant injuries to be aware of?

For the Guardians, Gavin Williams is day-to-day due to a knee issue, and several players are on the injured list, including Michael Kelly, Josh Naylor, Shane Bieber, and Triston McKenzie. For the Rays, Manuel Margot, Shane McClanahan, Drew Rasmussen, Garrett Cleavinger, Jeffrey Springs, and Shane Baz are all on the injured list.

How many times have these teams met this season, and what is the season series record?

The teams will be meeting for the fifth time this season. Currently, the season series is tied at 2-2.

More about Cleveland Guardians vs Tampa Bay Rays Series

  • MLB Official Statistics
  • Fanduel Sportsbook MLB Odds
  • Cleveland Guardians Team News
  • Tampa Bay Rays Team News
  • Sportradar Data Insights
  • Data Skrive Technology
  • American League Standings
  • Injury Report: MLB
  • Season Series Head-to-Head Records

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7 comments

AlexW September 2, 2023 - 11:39 am

It’s the fifth game this season and it’s tied 2-2. This game’s gonna be a tiebreaker folks, don’t miss it.

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SportsFanatic September 2, 2023 - 11:42 am

Logan Allen’s ERA looks good, but Zack Littell ain’t no slouch either. Gonna be a tough match for sure!

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SamQ September 2, 2023 - 4:53 pm

what’s up with all these injuries? Both teams got key players out. Makes for an unpredictable game.

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MikeS September 2, 2023 - 5:01 pm

Wow, didn’t know the Guardians were leading. Thought the Rays would be up, their season stats are impressive.

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JennyD September 2, 2023 - 8:47 pm

I can’t believe Williams is day to day with a knee issue. we need him if we’re gonna keep this lead. Fingers crossed he’ll be okay.

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RickT September 3, 2023 - 8:02 am

Rays at -118 and Guardians at -101? Interesting odds there, considering how each team’s been performing.

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BethM September 3, 2023 - 9:17 am

Those last 10 game stats tho, Rays are on fire. But again, it’s baseball. Anything can happen.

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