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Tyler Glasnow set to return as Rays visit Guardians

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Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Guardians

  1. The Guardians took two of three against the Rays in Tampa back in July with all three games were decided by three runs or less. Both team's starting pitchers struggled against the other in the series as Tampa Bay's had an ERA of 7.04 while Cleveland's starters' ERA was 5.14.
  2. The Rays are currently in second in the AL wild card race, but have lost five of their last seven games overall. They scored 10 runs in each of those two wins, but a total of four runs combined in those five losses.
  3. Randy Arozarena is hitting .500 (10-for-20) with a home run and nine RBI over his last five games and has a career-high 88 RBI this season. Arozarena had 43 RBI in 88 games prior to the all-star break compared to 45 in 57 games after.
  4. The Guardians have won the AL Central for the first time since 2018. The team has won seven straight games and 16 of its last 18 games overall. They have 10 or more runs in three of their last seven games compared to three times in their previous 117 games.
  5. Steven Kwan is hitting .442 (19-for-43) with two home runs, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored over his last nine games. He leads all rookies in hits, average and runs scored. He is batting .298 for the season and is trying to be the first qualified Cleveland rookie to hit .300 in a season since Larry Doby in 1948.
  6. Shane Bieber is 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA (five earned runs in 30 IP) over his last four starts. He has tied a career-high with a win in four straight starts after having done so two other times (once in 2018 and once earlier this season).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/27/2022 thru 9/29/2022
(AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

The Tampa Bay Rays have been anticipating the return of Tyler Glasnow for quite some time, and the wait is about to come to an end in Cleveland.

The former Rays ace will make his first major league start in over 15 months when Tampa Bay tries to win a three-game series against the American League Central champion Guardians on Wednesday night.

With their bats quiet for nine innings' worth of batters, the Rays (85-69) got a two-out, two-run double from Harold Ramirez in the 11th inning on Tuesday to pull off a 6-5 win.

Cleveland (86-68) scored once in the bottom half but had its seven-game winning streak snapped.

The Rays moved to within 1 1/2 games of the Toronto Blue Jays, who hold the No. 1 wild-card spot in the AL.

After undergoing Tommy John surgery last summer, Glasnow -- whose last start was June 14, 2021, in Chicago against the White Sox -- has rehabbed his way back into the rotation, even if only for a 45-pitch stint.

Obviously excited to get the giant right-hander back on the mound, Rays manager Kevin Cash said a strong few innings from Glasnow could be a major boost.

"Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team," Cash said. "Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don't, that's fine, too."

The Newhall, Calif., native said his right elbow now feels better before and after pitching, something he hadn't experienced in the past.

"Compared to the past three years, it feels way better as far as post-day and the week leading into starts and stuff," Glasnow said. "It's good to have a UCL, you know."

Glasnow, 29, signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract in August -- a move that will delay his free agency by one year.

Though he has nothing to show for his two career starts against Cleveland other than an 0-2 record, the 6-foot-8 Glasnow has pitched well. In 14 innings against the Guardians, he has posted a 1.93 ERA by allowing three runs (all solo homers) on eight hits, with nine strikeouts and one walk.

Cleveland's starter Wednesday, Triston McKenzie, 25, truly embodies who the Guardians are as a team.

Cleveland's payroll ranks 28th in baseball, while it also possesses the youngest club, with an average age of just over 26 years old.

McKenzie (11-11, 3.04 ERA) will be making his second career start against the Rays, whom he faced July 25, 2021, in a 3-2 win in Cleveland. During that start opposite Ryan Yarbrough, McKenzie received no decision in a six-inning outing.

The right-handed McKenzie yielded two runs and five hits while fanning six and walking one.

And if he runs into trouble against on Wednesday, he'll have a pretty stellar bullpen backing him up.

The Guardians' relief corps -- five innings, one hit, two runs (one earned) and seven strikeouts -- was excellent on Tuesday night. Enyel De Los Santos fired an immaculate inning in the seventh.

"It was fun to watch him get that excited," manager Terry Francona said. "He doesn't usually show too much emotion. He was kind of fired up."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 28, 2022

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