Washington Nationals vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction MLB Picks 6/2/24

Cleveland Guardians (39-19) vs Washington Nationals (26-31)

Game Info: Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 1:40 pm (Progressive Field)

Carlos Carrasco (2-4) (5.16) vs Jake Irvin (2-5) (3.43)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Guardians -156 / Washington Nationals +131 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Washington Nationals vs Cleveland Guardians prediction for this MLB game on Sunday, June 2nd at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. To formulate this prediction for game three in the series, we will examine:

  • The Nationals recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Guardians recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Washington
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Cleveland
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Washington and Cleveland
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Washington and Cleveland

Nationals Trying to Avoid Sweep 

The Washington Nationals are 26-31 this season and they have lost three of their last five games. Washington has lost the first two games in this series and they have only scored three runs in the two losses. Prior to this series, the Nationals won three out of four against the Braves, won two out of three against the Mariners, and lost two out of three against the Twins. Washington is 5-6 in their last 11 games and they are third in the NL East behind Philadelphia and Atlanta. 

The Washington pitching staff has a 3.89 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and a .253 opponent batting average. The Nationals offense has scored 225 runs with a .230 batting average and a .303 on base percentage. CJ Abrams is batting .249 with nine home runs and 26 RBI’s for the Nationals this season. Washington has scored three runs or fewer in seven of their last eleven games. 

Guardians are a Great Home Team 

The Cleveland Guardians are 39-19 this year and they have won three of their last four games. Cleveland has won the first two games in this series by scores of 7-1 and 3-2. Prior to this series, the Guardians lost two out of three against the Rockies, swept the Angels, and swept the Mets. Cleveland is 12-2 in their last 14 games and they are leading the AL Central over the Royals. 

The Cleveland pitching staff has a 3.44 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a .231 opponent batting average. The Guardians offense has scored 296 runs with a .239 batting average and a .317 on base percentage. Jose Ramirez is batting .276 with 16 home runs and 57 RBI’s for the Guardians this season. Cleveland is third in runs scored this season and they have scored at least four runs in nine of their last ten games. 

Starting Pitchers

The projected starting pitcher for Washington is Jake Irvin, who is 2-5 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP over 63.0 innings pitched this year. Irvin has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts and has only allowed a total of eight earned runs in those five outings. The projected starting pitcher for Cleveland is Carlos Carrasco, who is 2-4 with a 5.16 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP over 45.1 innings pitched this season. Carrasco has allowed six earned runs in his last three starts (18.0 IP). 

Why the Washington Nationals will win

The Guardians have lost nine of their last 11 day games against National League opponents.The Nationals have won six of their last eight road games against AL Central opponents following a loss.The Nationals have covered the run line in 12 of their last 13 day games against American League opponents following a loss.The Guardians have failed to cover the run line in five of their last six day games against National League opponents following a home win.

Total Runs Facts

Four of the Nationals' last five day games against American League opponents have gone UNDER the total runs line.The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the last three day games between the Nationals and Guardians.

Washington Nationals vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction 

Cleveland rolls into this game with a 20-6 record at home and they have been dominant on their home field so far this season. The Guardians have a very solid pitching staff, but their offense has been one of the best in the MLB. Washington is five games below .500, but they have been competitive this season. The Nationals are going with Jake Irvin, who has been very strong in his last five outings. Cleveland is starting Carlos Carrasco, who has some ugly numbers on the season, but was better before being injured. Cleveland is the better team in this matchup, but I think Washington can steal this one with a strong outing from Irvin. My Washington Nationals vs Cleveland Guardians prediction is for the Nationals to get the win. 

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