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MLB Betting Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Guardians

September 2, 2023

In Ohio, the Tampa Bay Rays are gearing up to face the Cleveland Guardians in the second matchup of their three-game series. Will the Rays assert their road dominance?

  • Date: Game 2 on September 2, 2023 at 6:10 PM ET

  • Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview

The Rays have moved up to be the fourth best team overall in the league after being fifth best last week. Their consistency, especially with recent wins against the Miami Marlins and New York Yankees, has shown that they are ready for the postseason. Zack Little (3-4) takes the mound, but has a 4.45 ERA.

Their stats at the plate and what they allow defensively has stood out this year. They average .260 for their batting average and allow .231, which is a good separation between the two averages.

Their ERA is gradually approaching 3.83, while their on-base percentage is nearing the .332 mark. Furthermore, their slugging percentage stands at approximately .447, a noteworthy deviation from the league's typical average.

The Rays continue to shadow the Baltimore Orioles for the lead in the AL East. They need to continue adding wins while they can to stay within reach.

Cleveland Guardians Betting Preview

The Guardians remain as the 20th best team in the league. They had a solid series recently against the Minnesota Twins, winning two out of three, and have some positive momentum heading into game two of this series. Logan Allen (6-7) is on the mound, with a 3.61 ERA.

They are solid offensively, with a .248 batting average at the plate. They allow .244 from their opponents, which does not give them much room for error on either side of the field.

Their ERA is 3.85, which rivals the Rays. Their OBP is a little lacking at .310 and their slugging percentage is also a little low at .381.

The Guardians are running out of opportunities to catch up to the Twins in the AL Central. They are roughly five games back and need every win moving forward.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie's latest insights indicate that in game two, the Tampa Bay Rays are emerging as narrow frontrunners, with market analysis suggesting they hold a 52.4 percent probability of securing victory.

  • Cleveland Guardians: +105

  • Tampa Bay Rays: -125

Prior to this series, the Rays had a 2-1 advantage when playing at home against the Guardians. If you were looking at points alone, the Guardians had scored more runs, 22 to 17.

The Rays are solid on the road, while the Guardians are breaking .500 at home. This will be close, but look for the Rays to close it out.

Final Pick: Take the Tampa Bay Rays to Win at -125