The Cleveland Guardians and Tampa Bay Rays square off on Friday with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. ET. The game takes place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and will only be available on local TV or through an MLB.tv subscription. Shane Bieber (4-6, 3.55 ERA) will throw for the Guardians with Jeffrey Springs (3-2, 2.50 ERA) on the hill for the Rays.
Cleveland (50-48) split a four-game set with the Boston Red Sox this week, as the Guardians’ road trip continues. Bieber made 18 starts this season and is coming off a rough outing where he gave up six runs including three home runs over 6.0 innings of work in a loss to the Chicago White Sox. Cleveland ranks No. 7 as a team in batting average, and Jose Ramirez ranks No. 3 in the league with 80 RBIs.
Tampa Bay (53-46) lost five of its last six games as it prepares for a three-game set against Cleveland. Springs will make his 21st appearance and 13th start. In his first outing off the injured list, he allowed two runs (1 earned) over 4.1 innings against the Kansas City Royals last weekend. The Rays rank No. 22 in runs per game (4.1), and Randy Arozarena leads the team with 47 RBIs.
Guardians vs. Rays
Pitchers: Shane Bieber vs. Jeffrey Springs
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
Guardians local broadcast: Bally Sports Great Lakes
Rays local broadcast: Bally Sports Sun
Live stream: MLB.tv (subscription)
Odds, picks & predictions
Run Line: Guardians -1.5 (+185)
Run total: 7
Moneyline odds: Rays -115, Guardians -105
Moneyline pick: Guardians -105
This matchup could go either way, and that is proven true with how the oddsmakers set these moneyline odds. This is more of a bet against the Rays, which have been struggling at the plate recently. Tampa Bay scored three or fewer runs in five of its last six games, and the Rays will get a tough matchup against Bieber.
Player prop pick: Jeffrey Springs Over 4.5 strikeouts (-165)
The Rays pitcher has been a strong strikeout thrower in his career, and that has continued as he became a starter. Springs has a 9.5 K/9 and struck out at least five hitters in eight of his last nine starts, and he should accomplish that feat again despite a matchup with the Guardians lineup that strikes out just 6.9 times per game.
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