The Cleveland Guardians couldn't generate enough offense to hold off the Oakland Athletics and now head into Wednesday's series finale tied at a game a piece.
It's been a thrilling early season series for these two clubs as the Guardians won a thriller on Monday, 12-11 before the 4-3 loss on Tuesday. Cleveland will send out Hunter Gaddis on Wednesday in hopes of getting a better result than his first start, four earned runs in less than fur innings of work, against a lowly A's team, who will counter with Kyle Muller.
Here are the odds for Wednesday's meeting:
Guardians vs. Athletics odds, run line and total
Guardians vs. Athletics prediction and pick
Any time you can fade a team that is projected to win around 60 games in an MLB season at -125, you need to take advantage.
While Gaddis struggled in his first start against the Seattle Mariners, this matchup should suit him much better as Oakland lacks the big league hitters to really challenge the rookie right hander. Further, the Guardains have a notable advantage in the bullpen for whent his game gets to the later stages.
Cleveland ranked fifth in bullpen ERA last season and the group has picked up where it left off, eighth in ERA this season with a 2.73 mark.
Oakland will counter with Muller, who dazzled in his first start against the Angels, allowing just one earned run over five innings, but he has limited big league experience with just 12 starts under his belt. I need to see more of a track record to trust him to keep this poor Athletics' lineup afloat.
It's a small sample of just six games but the Guardians are right around the league average in on-base percentage, and well ahead of the Athletics, who check in 23rd in that metric.
I'll buy the discount on Cleveland.
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