Cleveland Guardians vs. Texas Rangers: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 15, 2024

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May 15, 2024 3:45 PM
The Cleveland Guardians aim to extend their winning streak as they take on the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field on Wednesday, May 15, at 8:05 PM. Riding high on a 2-0 series lead, the Guardians look to continue their dominance over the Rangers, who are fighting to regain footing in the AL West. Can the Rangers turn the tide, or will the Guardians keep their momentum rolling?
Cleveland Guardians
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Guardians vs Rangers starting pitchers

  • Jon Gray for Texas Rangers
  • Carlos Carrasco for Cleveland Guardians

Guardians vs Rangers game preview

As the Cleveland Guardians aim to extend their win streak, they will be up against the Texas Rangers in a pivotal game featuring a duel between right-handers Carlos Carrasco for the Guardians and Jon Gray for the Rangers. Carrasco has been grappling with consistency this season, reflected in his ERA of 5.36 and a WHIP of 1.49, signaling struggles in limiting baserunners. Conversely, Gray has proven to be more solid on the mound for Texas, maintaining an impressive ERA of 2.36 and a WHIP of 1.20, showcasing his ability to keep hitters at bay and give his team a strong chance to win games.

The Guardians’ performance this season has seen its ups and downs. While the team ranks modestly in batting average (.236) and strikeouts (324), they have shown flashes of offensive prowess which places them 10th in MLB for total home runs and 7th for stolen bases. Their gameplay is aggressive and opportunistic, utilizing speed to their advantage. However, the Guardians will deeply feel the absence of Steven Kwan, who has been a key player but is currently on the 10-day IL with a hamstring strain. For Cleveland to succeed against the Rangers, players like Josh Naylor and Jose Ramirez, who are leading in home runs and RBIs respectively, will need to step up and capitalize on run-scoring opportunities.

On the other side, the Texas Rangers have demonstrated a strong offensive lineup this season, boasting a higher team batting average (.252) and fewer strikeouts compared to the Guardians. They're tied for 6th in runs scored and 3rd in overall hits, indicating their ability to consistently get on base and generate scoring opportunities. However, their base-stealing stats are notably lower, ranking 29th in the MLB, which could suggest a more traditional play style focused on batting prowess. Effective performances from key players like Adolis Garcia, who leads the team with 9 home runs and 32 RBIs, alongside Jonah Heim, could be decisive. The Rangers will look to leverage their hitting capabilities to challenge Carrasco and break through the Guardians' strategies.

Texas Rangers injuries

  • Shane Greene (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Evan Carter (LF): Day-To-Day
  • Austin Pruitt (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Matt Duffy (3B): Day-To-Day
  • Luis Mieses (OF): Day-To-Day

Cleveland Guardians injuries

  • Eli Morgan (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Sam Hentges (RP): paternity
  • Nic Enright (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Angel Martinez (2B): 60-Day-IL
  • James Karinchak (RP): 60-Day-IL

Guardians vs Rangers predictions

Here's my take on the upcoming Guardians-Rangers matchup. Let's start with the Guardians - I think Will Brennan is gonna have a big game, maybe 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Carlos Carrasco's pitching has been up and down this season, but I think he'll bring his A-game today, going 6 strong innings with 7 K's. And Josh Naylor's been on fire lately, I'm predicting a homer and 2 RBIs from him.

On the Rangers' side, I think Adolis Garcia's gonna be a problem for the Guardians' pitching staff - I've got him down for 3 hits and 2 RBIs. Corey Seager's been one of the most consistent hitters in the league, and I think he'll get 2 hits and score a run. And Jon Gray's been dealing lately, so I think he'll go 6 innings with 5 K's and keep the Rangers in the game.

So who's gonna take it? I think the Guardians' bats are gonna come out on top - they've been rolling lately, and I think Carrasco's gonna keep the Rangers' offense in check. I'm taking the Guardians 6-4, with Naylor and Brennan leading the charge.

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