In today’s MLB betting guide, the Cleveland Guardians aim to stay hot after a fantastic week when they take on the Minnesota Twins, a team that has beaten them twice in three encounters this season. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants look to bounce back from a close 2-1 loss against the Atlanta Braves in the second of four meetings between the two clubs this week.
Cleveland Guardians (+145) vs Minnesota Twins (-165)
On the back of winning five of six games last week, the Guardians expect Franmil Reyes to be back in the lineup and healthy, which bodes well for the team’s overall success. Cleveland will hope for a better result against Minnesota this time, as they dropped two of three against the Twins last month. They sit one game behind the Twins for the AL Central lead, with the Chicago White Sox creeping behind them.
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Joe Ryan is back on the mound for Minnesota and is 4-2 in his last seven starts, with 34 strikeouts and a 2.84 ERA. He’s only allowed 15 runs in his nine starts this year while winning two of his previous three starts. The next two weeks will be crucial for both teams, as they face each other a total of eight times. The Twins will rely on their batting and hope for some consistency, something they’ve failed to get in the last couple of weeks.
San Francisco Giants (+145) vs Atlanta Braves (-165)
The Giants hope Anthony DeSclafani can turn things around after going 0-1 in his first three starts of the year. He currently holds an ERA of 6.08 and is averaging over three hits per game and three runs. In his last outing against the New York Mets, he allowed five runs off nine hits, striking out four in the process. San Francisco has dropped to third in the NL West after losing three of their last five games and currently sits 3.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
Spencer Strider gets the start for the Braves and has won his last two games with 19 strikeouts in 10.4 innings pitched. It’ll be his first look against a Giants team that can swing the bat, but he’s faired well against high-caliber opposition this year. The Braves won four of six last week and opened up their four-game series against the Giants this week with a tight 2-1 win. If they can get the pitching they need and take advantage of a lackluster defense on San Francisco, they should have no problem piling up the wins this week.
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