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Guardians Make Intriguing Outfield Choice in Game 2 Lineup

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Cleveland Guardians made an intriguing outfield choice in their AL Wild Card Game 2 lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Cleveland Guardians made an intriguing outfield choice in their AL Wild Card Game 2 lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Cleveland Guardians played a picture perfect Game 1 of their AL Wild Card series against the Tampa Bay Rays. With a vintage ace performance from Shane Bieber, and none other than Jose Ramirez accounting for both of Cleveland's offensive runs, the Guardians jumped out to a crucial 1-0 series lead.

With a chance to clinch the division on Saturday, manager Terry Francona made somewhat of an intriguing decision for his Game 2 lineup.

The lineup looks near identical to Game 1, save for the addition of Will Brennan in as the DH. Brennan replaces Owen Miller, who went 0-for-3 in the opener. Oscar Gonzalez remains in right field despite Brennan's superior defense.

Although it's just a very small sample size of 11 games, Brennan recorded a modest 0.2 dWAR (defensive wins above replacement), and that grades out to a 2.9 figure across 162 games. On the other side is Gonzalez, who averages -0.9 dWAR over 162 games.

Perhaps Francona opted for a player with more experience playing right field at Progressive Field, evidenced by his 84 games out there in 2022. Brennan saw just 4 of his 11 MLB games in RF.

Guardians fans will pay close attention to any balls hit Gonzalez' way during Game 2, and the hope is that he'll handle them comfortably.

Triston McKenzie gets the ball for Game 2 ahead of the 12:07 p.m. ET first pitch. As is stands, the Guardians hold -116 moneyline odds to capture the victory and clinch their spot in the ALDS, according to MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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