Oakland Athletics vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction MLB Picks 4/19/24

Cleveland Guardians (12-6) vs Oakland Athletics (8-11)

Game Info: Friday, April 19, 2024 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)

Triston McKenzie (1-2) (6.23) vs Joe Boyle (1-2) (5.68)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Guardians -175 / Oakland Athletics +148 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Guardians meet Friday in MLB game 1 action at Progressive Field. Here’s a Athletics vs Guardians prediction.

Athletics Betting Preview

The Athletics are 8-11 on the season after losses to the Nationals and Cardinals. The Athletics have scored 9 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 6 of their last 8 games. The Athletics are 2-8 this season when scoring 3 or fewer runs. JJ Bleday leads the Athletics with 17 hits and 5 RBI, while Zack Gelof and Abraham Toro have combined for 28 hits and 12 RBI. Joe Boyle gets the ball for the Athletics, and he is 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Boyle’s first career game against the Guardians.

Guardians Betting Preview

The Guardians are 13-6 this year after wins over the Yankees and Red Sox. The Guardians have scored 15 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 7 of their last 10 games. The Guardians have won 5 straight games when scoring 4 or more runs. Steven Kwan leads the Guardians with 29 hits and 5 RBI, while Andres Gimenez and Josh Naylor have combined for 43 hits and 24 RBI. Triston McKenzie gets the ball for the Guardians, and he is 1-2 with a 6.23 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. McKenzie is 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Cleveland Guardians Player Prop Facts

  • Josh Naylor has hit a home run in each of the Guardians' last two games as home favorites.
  • Josh Naylor has recorded at least one RBI in five of the Guardians' last six games as favorites against AL opponents.
  • Josh Naylor has recorded two or more total bases in each of his last seven appearances against AL opponents that held a losing record.
  • Jose Ramirez has scored a run in seven of the Guardians' last eight games against the Athletics.
  • Andres Gimenez has recorded at least one hit in each of the Guardians' last 10 night games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Andres Gimenez has recorded at least one Single in each of the Guardians' last 10 night games against AL opponents that held a losing record.
  • Steven Kwan ranks 8th amongst qualified players for Batting Average (.354) this season.

Oakland Athletics Player Prop Facts

  • Seth Brown has hit a home run in each of the Athletics' last three games at Progressive Field against opponents that held a winning record.
  • Seth Brown has recorded at least one RBI in six of his last seven road appearances against the Guardians.
  • Brent Rooker has scored a run in seven of his last eight road appearances after not playing the previous day.
  • Brent Rooker has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 10 Friday appearances.
  • Ryan Noda has recorded a Single in seven of his last eight appearances in night games against teams that held a winning record.
  • Aledmys Diaz has recorded at least one Double in three of his last four appearances against the Guardians after not playing the previous day.
  • Brent Rooker has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 10 Friday appearances with the Athletics as underdogs.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Cleveland Guardians rank 2nd in the league for runs allowed this season (65).
  • The Cleveland Guardians rank T3rd in the league for hits allowed this season (139).
  • The Oakland Athletics rank 1st in the league for home runs allowed this season (9).
  • The Oakland Athletics rank 29th in the league for runs scored this season (56).

Athletics vs Guardians prediction

The Athletics have shown flashes of getting out of this funk offensively, and the Guardians' ability to sore has played a big role in this start. Throwing that in with the fact Boyle and McKenzie haven't been great so far this season leads me to taking the over. Boyle has allowed 15 hits and 8 earned runs through 12.2 innings, while McKenzie has allowed 11 hits and 9 earned runs in 13 innings. McKenzie, who is talented but still working his way back from injury, has walked 12 batters this season and has just 5 strikeouts. Laying juice with the Guardians in this spot is nuts. I'll stay away from the side and grab the over 7.5 runs.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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