Should I Bet the Cleveland Guardians Right Now?

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Jun/22/2024

The Cleveland Guardians are one of the better teams in the MLB currently.  They consistently win 60% of their games and are definitely a team to consider when preparing to place your MLB bets for the day.

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vs. Toronto Blue Jays

(June 22, 2024) - Ben Lively is 6-3 with a 3.02 ERA coming off a loss whereas Jose Berrios for Toronto is 6-5 with a 3.13 ERA coming off a win and hasn't been entirely consistent.  Berrios has allowed 30 hits in 94 at bats versus these Guardians with 18 RBI's and 5 home runs.

Lively allowed four runs in four innings and got the loss against the Blue Jays on Sunday.  Lively also does have an impressive 1.90 ERA pitching at home.

Cleveland is 6-4 over Toronto in their last ten meetings and 3-1 in the last four games played in Cleveland.

Over and Guardians here.

Guardians Power Ranking No. 5

(June 22, 2024) - "Daniel Schneemann has given the offense a nice boost since his call-up, hitting .333 in his first 12 games with four extra-base hits and six RBIs -- all while starting at five different positions (center field, third base, shortstop, second base and right field). Schneemann is 27 years old, a 33rd-round pick back in 2018 out of BYU, so it's been a slow and unexpected trek to the majors. He never hit much before finally putting up some numbers at Triple-A in 2023, and he had shown even more power while increasing his walk rate this season, posting a .984 OPS with Columbus. Along with David Fry, has Cleveland pulled another rabbit out of its hat? -- - David Schoenfield, ESPN.

@ Blue Jays Starting Carlos Carrasco

(June 15, 2024) - Cleveland has won six of the last seven games against the Blue Jays.

Though Carlos Carrasco has only faced five of the current Blue Jays players, they have a combined 47 at bats against him and Carrasco is .213.

This is still not the best spot to grab the Guardians as Carrasco has pitched a limited number of innings his last few starts without a win.

Should this turn into a bullpen game, that does shift the advantage to Cleveland.

@ Blue Jays Starting Ben Lively

(June 15, 2024) - Guardians manager Stephen Vogt told reporters Ben Lively (undisclosed) is on track to make his next start from an undisclosed injury. And that is slated to happen on Sunday.

Guardians Power Rankings

(June 15, 2024) - "Jose Ramirez remains on a ridiculous RBI pace, with 62 through the team's first 65 games. (He played in 64 of them.) That's a 155-RBI pace over 162 games, with the most recent 150-RBI season coming from Alex Rodriguez with 156 for the Yankees in 2007. The last players with even 140 RBIs were Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard in 2009, each with 141. Ramirez obviously has been great with runners in scoring position, as 12 of his 18 home runs have come with runners on base. But it also helps that Cleveland has more of an old-school offense, without much power in the top two spots in the lineup, creating more RBI opportunities for him. -- David Schoenfield, ESPN.com

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