Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians Pick & Prediction OCTOBER 8th 2022

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One day after ending an eight-game postseason losing streak, the Cleveland Guardians will look to record another milestone when they face the visiting Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 of the best-of-three American League wild-card series on Saturday.

Cleveland moved one win from advancing to the Division Series with its 2-1 victory on Friday. Jose Ramirez belted a two-run home run and Shane Bieber pitched 7 2/3 innings to lead the Guardians.

The teams entered the postseason heading in opposite directions, and that trend continued in Game 1. Tampa Bay has lost six straight games while the American League Central champion Guardians have won 25 of their last 31 games.

Cleveland boasts the youngest team in the majors, but manager Terry Francona said the team's rookies aren't easily intimidated.

"Everything they do this year, a lot of it's for the first time," Francona said. "All the things we try to live by, they do. And hopefully that will carry us a while longer."

Tampa Bay will look to bounce back behind right-hander Tyler Glasnow (0-0, 1.35 ERA in the regular season), who rejoined the team's rotation last week after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

Glasnow was impressive in two starts, allowing one run, four hits and two walks while striking out 10 over 6 2/3 innings.

"Everybody knows what the stuff is, but there aren't any words for it," Rays pitcher Jeffrey Springs said. "He's one of the best when healthy, so we're really excited to have him back. He's a special talent for sure, and his stuff is as unique as it comes."

Glasnow threw 64 pitches in his last outing and will likely be limited to 80-85 pitches on Saturday. The 29-year-old is 2-5 with 6.56 ERA in eight postseason starts.

Ramirez is hitless in seven at-bats against Glasnow, who is 0-2 with a 2.12 ERA in three career starts versus Cleveland, including 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA in two outings at Progressive Field.

Cleveland will counter with Triston McKenzie (11-11, 2.96) in Game 2. The right-hander set career bests in starts (30), innings (191 1/3) and strikeouts (190) this season.

McKenzie has been especially strong in the second half of the season, recording a 2.19 ERA in 17 starts since the beginning of July.

"Good young players grow and you kind of see it right in front of your eyes," Francona said. "A lot of times with veterans, you're trying to get them to where they are and then hopefully they hold it. With younger guys, you're watching them get better. It's very satisfying."

McKenzie, 25, tossed five innings of one-run ball in his final regular-season start on Oct. 3 against the Kansas City Royals.

Saturday's outing will mark McKenzie's second career postseason appearance, following his relief outing in Game 2 of the 2020 wild-card series versus the New York Yankees.

McKenzie has posted a 2.25 ERA in two previous starts against Tampa Bay, covering 12 innings.

Tampa Bay is aiming for a quick start against McKenzie after being held to three hits in Friday's loss. Left fielder Randy Arozarena went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and has two hits in his last 34 at-bats.

"We've just got to keep doing our work and keep sticking to our routine," Arozarena said. "Tomorrow is a whole different day. Everybody in here still wants to keep on playing and keep on winning."

--Field Level Media

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians Recap OCT 8TH 2022

Oscar Gonzalez belted a walk-off homer in the 15th inning as the Cleveland Guardians swept the best-of-three American League wild-card series against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays with a 1-0 victory on Saturday.

Gonzalez's leadoff homer to left field against former Cleveland star Corey Kluber (0-1) ended a game that featured 16 pitchers and a postseason-record 39 strikeouts.

Cleveland advanced to a division series matchup against the AL East champion New York Yankees, beginning next Tuesday.

Sam Hentges (1-0) struck out six over three scoreless innings for the Guardians, who ended an eight-game postseason losing streak with a 2-1 victory in the series opener on Friday.

Tampa Bay dropped its seventh straight game overall after scoring a total of nine runs during that stretch.

Both teams' starting pitchers set the tone early in a contest that became the first postseason game to reach the 14th inning without a run.

Tyler Glasnow, making his third start this season since returning from Tommy John surgery, allowed two hits over five scoreless innings.

Glasnow, who was expected to be on an innings limit, struck out five with no walks while throwing 63 pitches.

Tampa Bay struggled to generate any offense against Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie, who gave up two hits over six scoreless frames. He walked two and struck out eight.

McKenzie struck out the side in the third and held the Rays hitless until Isaac Paredes' one-out single in the fifth.

The Rays had two runners on in the sixth with two outs, but Harold Ramirez lined out to left to end the inning.

Pete Fairbanks relieved Glasnow in the sixth and promptly walked the first two batters before exiting the game with numbness in his right index finger.

Fairbanks was replaced by Jason Adam, who hit Amed Rosario with a pitch to load the bases. Adam then extinguished the threat by striking out Jose Ramirez and inducing Josh Naylor to hit into an inning-ending double play.

The Guardians put the leadoff batter on base in the seventh on Gonzalez's single, but Adam then struck out Andres Gimenez before Will Brennan grounded into a double play.

Tampa Bay had runners at the corners with two outs in the top of the 12th, but Manuel Margot grounded out on a stellar play by Ramirez, who made a backhanded play at third to end the inning.

--Field Level Media

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