Tampa Bay Rays (82-53) at Cleveland Guardians (65-70)
Game Info: Saturday, September 2nd, 2023 at 6:10 p.m. EST (Progressive Field)
Betting Odds: Guardians ML (+100) - Over/Under (8.5)
Pick: Guardians ML (+100)
Saturday night, takes us to Cleveland where the Cleveland Guardians play the second game of a three game weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays here in this one. This is the second and final season series between these two teams this season, unless they happen to meet in the playoffs. Both of them will be looking to pick up a crucial victory here in game number two of the series on Saturday night before heading into Sunday's finale.
When these two teams met in Tampa Bay a couple of weeks ago, the story of the series was Tampa Bay coming from behind to beat Cleveland a couple of times. This time around the opposite happened as Cleveland scored a pair of runs late in the game to defeat Tampa Bay in the opening game of the series on Friday night. Now, Tampa Bay will be looking to bounce back in the second game of the series on Saturday night as they look to even up the series before heading into the finale on Sunday afternoon. This Tampa Bay team had one of the most historic starts to a season in the history of Major League Baseball but they have been struggling as of late as a combination of injuries and suspensions have piled up and cost them some key games.
Tampa Bay comes into the second game of this series with a record of 82-53 through the first 135 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. They still find themselves sitting behind the Baltimore Orioles and luckily for them, Baltimore was unable to get the job done on Friday night in Arizona so Tampa Bay didn’t lose any distance within the division title race. They have picked up eight victories in their last 10 games on the season and they will be looking to keep the momentum rolling with a series evening victory here on Saturday night in Cleveland as they look to continue gaining ground on Baltimore within the American League East division.
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Cleveland had a slow start to the season but in typical Cleveland fashion they are coming on strong at the end of the year. They currently find themselves five games out of first place in the American League Central division, but they have now picked up five victories in their last seven games on the season. They will be looking to close the distance on Minnesota even further, with a second consecutive victory over Tampa Bay here on Saturday night at home as they also look to officially clinch the series before heading into the finale on Sunday with a potential opportunity to sweep the Rays before heading to Minnesota for a massive three-game series.
The Guardians used a pair of late runs to pick up a much-needed victory in the opening game of the series on Friday night, and they will be hoping to replicate that performance here on Saturday as well. Cleveland has plenty of work to do but there is a real possibility that they can close the gap on Minnesota with a successful finish to this series over the weekend and if they can manage to take another two games from Minnesota next week as well. Cleveland comes into the second game of the series with a record of 65-70 through their first 135 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Cleveland is 34-33 at home
- Cleveland is 13-11 as a home underdog
- Cleveland is on a 3 game winning streak
I expect the Cleveland Guardians to upset the Tampa Bay Rays for the second consecutive evening and pick up a much-needed victory to officially clinch this series here on Saturday night. They are currently on a three game winning streak, and they have picked up six victories in their last 10 games of the season as they come into the middle game of the series with plenty of momentum on their side.As always, get our VIP Pick Free Tonight by Clicking Here!