Rays-Guardians Series: Runs Wanted

Rays-Guardians Game One Starters Make It Hard For Offenses

Rays-Guardians game one is an example of why runs will be hard to come by in this series. Tampa Bay's <a rel=
Rays-Guardians game one is an example of why runs will be hard to come by in this series. Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan, a Cy Young candidate, will face former Cy Young winner Shane Bieber Adam Hunger/Getty Images

In less time than it took to hunt down this articles featured image Rays-Guardians game one is through two and a half innings. The two teams built themselves around pitching and defense. Starters Shane Bieber and Shane McClanahan make it hard for both teams offenses. McClanahan likely finishes behind this years Cy Young winner, Justin Verlander. Bieber won the award in 2020. Both threw less than 40 pitches to get through the first three innings.

McClanahan worked his way around more trouble, two hits and an error. Bieber allowed just one baserunner, a walk to Ji-Man Choi, through the first four innings. One swing may decide this game.

Rays-Guardians Breakthrough In The Sixth

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Jose Ramirez helped Cleveland break on top in the sixth with a two run home run. Rays-Guardians is already in the seventh with just three runs and nine base runners. Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Eating lunch forces me to play catch up. In less time than it took to warm bar-b-que for a sandwich Bieber and McClanahan ran through the fifth. Then we moved to the sixth and finally the starters looked slightly human.

Two swings, one from someone you expected, one from a Ray you did not, made it 2-1 Guardians. Jose Siri showed very little power this year. He deposited a hanging fastball over the rightfield wall to briefly put the Rays on top. McClanhan made his mistake to the one Guardians hitter you want to be careful with, Jose Ramirez. McClanahan left a changeup up in the zone, and Ramirez hit it just well enough to clear the right center field wall.

Tampa Bay-Cleveland Pitching Duel Rarer Than You Think

It took all of one game for something to happen that did not the entire 2021 postseason, two pitchers going seven innings. That is according to the ESPN broadcast. In a regular season game both starters may have been left in even longer.

Bieber’s line for game one: 7.2 three hits, one ER, one BB, eight Ks. His efficiency was typical of him, 99 pitches, 64 strikes. McClanahan’s 85 pitches, 58 strikes in seven innings proved to be more remarkable. He allowed seven hits and worked around Taylor Walls‘ error. The Ramirez homer he gave up ultimately would be the difference.

Looking Ahead To Rays-Guardians Game Two

Game one zipped along at just 2:17 for the nine innings. Great movies like the any of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy were just getting to the most dramatic moments. The two teams used only four pitchers who threw a total of 213 pitches.

Tomorrow’s expected starters for the 4:07 Eastern start should mean more pitchers will be used, especially for Tampa Bay. Tyler Glasnow is just coming back from Tommy John surgery. The best case for the Rays is five innings from him. Triston McKenzie comes off his best season in the big leagues, averaging almost a strikeout per nine innings and a WHIP of just 0.95. The Rays need to find a way to lay off his curve and work the count to have a chance to force a winner take all game three.

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