Guardians vs Mets Prediction - MLB Picks 5/20/23

New York Mets (22-23) vs Cleveland Guardians (20-23)

Game Info: Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 4:10 pm (Citi Field)

Max Scherzer (3-2) (4.88) vs Tanner Bibee (1-1) (3.22)

Betting Odds: New York Mets -222 / Cleveland Guardians +170 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cleveland Guardians and the New York Mets will meet for game two of their interleague series this Saturday in Queens from City Field. New York rallied to steal game one in extras, 10-9.

Guardians Betting Preview

Cleveland moved to 20-24 after dropping two of three to Chicago. The Guardians played well last night, and will look to finish the mission in game two Saturday. The Cleveland offense is scoring 3.85 runs per game, while batting .229, with a .304 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.78 ERA, with a 1.28 WHIP. Jose Ramirez returned and produced a pair of runs in game one, and he leads Cleveland in batting (.279). Steven Kwan has doubled in three of the last six games, and he leads Cleveland in hits (45) and runs (25). Josh Naylor homered and produced five RBI in game one to bring his team-lead to 31. 

Tanner Bibee (1-1, 3.22 ERA, 22 Ks) will get the call for Cleveland. The rookie pitcher is coming off of the best start of his young career, striking out seven in 7.2 innings of work, while allowing just one run to the Angels. Bibee tossed five strikeouts in 5.1 innings and gave up just one run in his lone road start in the Bronx against the Yankees. 

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Mets Betting Preview

New York moved to 23-23 following the win over Cincinnati. The Mets have now climbed back to .500 after winning their third straight game, and they’ll look to make it four in a row here. The New York offense is scoring 4.37 runs per game, while batting .240, with a .304 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.78 ERA, with a 1.38 WHIP. Brandon Nimmo has a hit in eight of the last ten games, and leads the team in batting (.295). Pete Alonso has gone yard in four straight games, including a timely grand slam last night, and he leads the Mets in HR (17) and RBI (41). 

Max Scherzer (3-2, 4.88 ERA, 26 Ks) will take the mound for New York. The future hall of famer got back into the win column last time out in a return to DC, striking out six in five full innings, while allowing just one run. Scherzer’s last three starts have been revenge spots, and this marks just his second start in Queens all season. Scherzer has managed to clear six strikeouts in each of his three victories.

Cleveland vs New York Trends

Cleveland is 18-26 against the spread this season, with a 16-26-2 O/U record. New York is 17-29 ATS this year, with a 21-24-1 over/under record.

Corey's Free Pick

Cleveland got a big boost when Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor returned to the lineup yesterday against an aging Carlos Carrasco, but they’ll have to face Mad Max in his return to Queens. Max Scherzer hasn’t pitched at Citi Field in over a month, and he, along with the Mets crowd, should come out fired up for this one. The Mets may also have an advantage at the plate, with the Guardians set to send a rookie in Tanner Bibee to the mound. This feels like a Saturday game the Mets bring home, so back them here in game two of this interleague series.

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