Will Guardians Extend Their Lead with 12 Games Remaining?
The Cleveland Guardians come into this game in the driver’s seat in the MLB playoff race. Their sweep of the Chicago White Sox gives them a seven-game lead in the division. With 12 games remaining, the Guardians’ magic number to clinch is five wins.
While they have a comfortable lead, the Texas Rangers could pose a threat to their postseason ambitions. Let’s see what the MLB spreads and MLB lines show us about the Guardians vs. Rangers matchup.
Guardians’ Postseason Hopes Ride on Rookie Cody Morris
The Cleveland Guardians’ run to clinch their division starts in Texas with rookie pitcher Cody Morris (0-2 2.30 ERA). Morris’s journey to the majors has been plagued by injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic, which cut short the minor league season in 2020.
However, the 25-year-old starting pitcher is showing promise, despite his win/loss record. After his first start, a two-inning outing where he allowed two runs, he settled down as a starting pitcher.
With Morris making improvements and going six innings in his last start, he’s the pitcher the Guardians are hoping can get them one game closer to clinching the AL Central. While he’s yet to win a game, that can change with some offensive production.
Can Rangers’ Jon Gray Outduel his Rookie Counterpart?
Jon Gray (7-7 3.80 ERA) has a tall task to outpitch the Cleveland Guardians rookie pitcher, Cody Morris. While Gray is a seasoned veteran, he’s not doing well this season because of some injuries he’s sustained. He hasn’t pitched over 4⅓ innings since his last return. Since then, he’s pitched two games, pitching eight innings and allowing three runs. If he wants to help the Texas Rangers win, he needs a better performance against a rookie hitting his stride.
However, getting some offensive help to hold back the Guardians can make this outing easier. The Texas Rangers‘ offense is batting .234 in their last ten games, hitting 15 home runs and recording an OPS of .738.
Guardians vs Rangers Head-to-Head
The Cleveland Guardians have faced the Texas Rangers three times this season, with the Guardians winning two of those games.
When studying the history between these two teams, we see the Guardians winning the season series over the past five years. The two teams didn’t play each other in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guardians vs Rangers Game Information
- Game: Guardians (83-67) vs Rangers (65-84)
- Location: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
- Day/Time: Friday, September 23rd, 8:05 p.m. ET
- Guardians vs Rangers Live stream: MLB.tv
Guardians vs Rangers Betting Lines
C. Morris -R
J. Gray -R
Guardians vs Rangers Prediction
The Las Vegas odds have this matchup as a tight one, with the Cleveland Guardians as underdogs. While the Texas Rangers have a savvy veteran starting for them, he’s not showing any promise since his return from injury.
However, Vegas might look over the Guardians because of their rookie starting pitcher. While he’s never won a major league game, he’s doing well holding back teams from scoring runs over his last three starts.
So, when betting online and making MLB picks and parlays, take the Guardians on the moneyline for +120 in this game. Gray isn’t looking good, and the Guardians want to close out their division as soon as possible.