Guardians vs. Mariners prediction and odds for Friday, March 31 (Early season pitching duel)

Cleveland Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez (0)
Cleveland Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez (0) / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

With Opening Day out of the way, we can dig into the real MLB season and we’ll quickly get into the heart of it. We’ll also get into the heart of pitching rotations with mostly everyone throwing their ace on the first day of the season.

For the second game of the season, the Guardians will send out Hunter Gaddis while the Mariners counter with former Cy Young winner Robbie Ray.

Gaddis was expected to take a bullpen role for the Guardians this season, but with Triston McKenzie suffering a shoulder injury, he’s been thrust into the rotation for the second game of the season. 

Let’s get into the odds for Cleveland and Seattle on a Friday night in the pacific northwest. 

Guardians vs. Mariners odds, run line and total

Guardians vs. Mariners prediction and pick

Hunter Gaddis is the starter for Cleveland. So far in his MLB career he has thrown 7.1 innings across two outings out of the bullpen. He did impress with a 2.77 ERA in 13.0 innings this Spring Training with 17 strikeouts. He was very impressive and at just 25-years-old maybe he could be the next young emerging pitcher in Cleveland. 

Robbie Ray on the other side is a bit more established, you know like a former Cy Young Award winner. He didn’t have that form last season, but he was still good for Seattle and it’ll be tough for Cleveland against the lefty in their second game of the season. Steven Kwan, Andrew Gimenez and Josh Naylor are all lefties that are typically in the Cleveland lineup and near the top of it. Plus Josh Bell and Jose Ramierez are switch-hitter that are better from the left side. 

I think that the Guardians will struggle against left-handed pitching again this season, like they did last year and I’ll take the Mariners to win this one. The only problem is I don’t love the value and I’m scared of the run line with two teams that were playoff teams last season. I’ll take the under instead. 

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