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MLB Betting Preview: Cleveland Guardians vs. San Francisco Giants

September 13, 2023




This matchup features a team still alive in a division title race against a team in the Wild Card race as the Cleveland Guardians travel to take on the San Francisco Giants in game three of a three-game series with the teams splitting the first two games of the series and the Guardians winning game two of the series by a score of 3-1. 

Which team will come away with the series win with a win in game three of the series on Wednesday afternoon? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.

The Cleveland Guardians enter this game with a record of 69-77 which puts them 7.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins for 1st place in the AL Central and 11.5 games behind the Seattle Mariners for the final Wild Card spot in the National League. 

Cleveland has compiled a record of 5-7 in September but is coming off a 3-1 win on the road against the San Francisco Giants in game two of the series which also ended their three-game losing streak. Two of the runs for the Guardians came in the 6th inning when Josh Naylor and David Fry scored off a base hit from Tyler Freeman.

San Francisco enters this game with a record of 74-71 which puts them 14 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1st place in the NL West and 1.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for the final Wild Card spot in the National League. 

The Giants have compiled a record of 4-7 in September which includes Tuesday’s 1-3 loss at home against the Cleveland Guardians in game two of the series which also ended their four-game winning streak. The lone run for the San Francisco Giants came in the 5th inning when Blake Sabol hit a one-run home run.

BookMaker has the San Francisco Giants listed as -135 money line favorites at home against the Cleveland Guardians in game three of the series on Wednesday afternoon. San Francisco has won eight of the last ten and two of the last three games while winning by an average margin of 1.6 runs per game over the last ten and 2 runs per game over the last three games of the series.

Cleveland has the slight advantage at pitcher on Wednesday as the Guardians will send Logan Taylor Allen to the mound while the Giants will send Kyler Harrison to the mound for game three of the series. Allen is 7-7 this season with a 3.68 ERA while recording 113 strikeouts while Harrison is 1-1 on the year with an ERA of 4.87 and has recorded 26 strikeouts.

Logan Taylor Allen is 1-1 with a no-decision in his last three starts this season while allowing ten runs and recording 13 strikeouts in those matchups his last start came on the road against the Los Angeles Angels in which Allen allowed one run and struck out six in a win.

In his last three starts this season, Kyle Harrison is 1-1 with a no-decision while allowing a total of nine runs and recording 21 strikeouts in those starts with his last start coming at home against the Colorado Rockies in which Harrison allowed three runs and struck out five batters in a no-decision.

San Francisco is the better team this season and has been the better team in the series, winning eight of the last ten and two of the last three games in the series. I look for that trend to continue which is why I am taking the money line for the San Francisco Giants at -135 for game three of the series on BookMaker. 

Spooky Express Pick: San Francisco Giants Money Line (-135)