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Cleveland Guardians vs. Oakland Athletics

April 19, 2024

The Oakland Athletics (8-11) will begin another series matchup with the Cleveland Guardians (13-6) in hopes of success on Friday, April 19, at 7:10 PM ET at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Guardians are nearing moderate favorites with a moneyline at -175.

Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

The Athletics are 2-3 over their last five games, but at least have some positive momentum coming in. They recently defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 after losing the first two on their three-game series.

Pitching will be one area they must work on, as they have Joe Boyle (1-2) to start on the mound. In the 12.2 innings he has pitched, he has posted an ERA of 5.68 and a WHIP of 1.82. The team’s ERA is 3.72, meaning he is a weak link here.

JJ Bleday is their leader on offense, with a batting average of .243. At this rate, they hope anyone will produce meaningful offense for them. Shea Langeliers is next in line with four home runs and nine RBIs but has a batting average of .192.

They are struggling at the plate with a .209 batting average and giving up .253 to their opponents. This ratio has led them to trouble more than success.

Cleveland Guardians Betting Preview

The Guardians have been successful in four out of their last five battles. They are coming off a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox, in which they capitalized on three out of four games.

They have a team ERA at 3.14, while starting pitcher Triston McKenzie (1-2) comes in with 6.23 and a WHIP at 1.77. He must turn this around soon if they want success throughout the season.

They have plenty of offensive weapons to help them along, starting with Steven Kwan, who has a batting average of .354. Josh Naylor leads with four home runs but also bats .323, showing they have consecutive offensive threats to deal with.

Their offense puts up .251 at the plate and keeps their opponents low at .222. This is a solid separation, but they have an opportunity to spread this further if they can fix their pitching in a few players.

Odds, Series Trends, and Free Pick

MyBookie offers appealing MLB betting options. This matchup currently favors the Cleveland Guardians. Market insights give the Guardians a good chance at home to win, with a 60.3 percent probability of success.

They battled in a four-game series last month, with the Guardians winning three out of the four. Two of these victories for the Guardians turned into offensive blowouts. They have another great opportunity to put this game and series out of reach.  

Final Pick: Cleveland Guardians -175