Cleveland Guardians vs. Tampa Bay Rays: AL wild-card game 2 preview
We should see similar lineups to what we saw in Game 1. The Guardians tend to rotate first base and DH, but don’t expect to see major changes in the lineup. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay loaded up left-handed hitters against righty Shane Bieber, using switch-hitters Wander Franco and Ji-man Choi and starting lefty Taylor Walls at second base.
How much offense these teams put up remains the question. Neither team is built to mash, as both tend to string hits together. And with another great pitching matchup and well-rested bullpens, runs may not be much easier to come by on Saturday. Other than Jose Siri, no Ray really hit well against Bieber in Game 1. On the Guardians’ side, they threatened often, but were unable to capitalize until Ramírez’s sixth inning home run.