Alex Cobb will get the start for the Giants (73-70, 41-31 home) as they host the Guardians (68-76, 32-40 away) at Oracle Park. The Guardians will give the starting nod to Gavin Williams. Check out my prediction for game one of this interleague matchup between the Cleveland Guardians and San Francisco Giants.
CLEVELAND GUARDIANS VS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS BETTING PICK
The Pick: San Francisco Giants -145
This game will be played at Oracle Park at 9:45 ET on Monday, September 11th.
WHY BET THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS:
- The Guardians are just 2-3 in their last five road games.
- On the road, the Guardians have dropped two straight games.
- Opponents are hitting just .193 against Alex Cobb in his last two starts.
CLEVELAND GUARDIANS TRYING TO CLOSE GAP IN AL CENTRAL
On a record of 68-76, the Guardians come into today’s game 2nd in the AL Central. When playing at home, they are 36-36 and 32-40 on the road. Cleveland has played in 45 series thus far, and have gone 19-22-4.
Gavin Williams takes the mound for Cleveland with a 2-5 record. He has made 14 appearances this season, boasting an ERA of 3.34 and a K/9 of 9.26. His FIP stands at 4.00, while his OBP is .304.
Cleveland is banking on Gavin Williams to lead them to another victory, as they triumphed over the Twins (2-1) in his last outing. Williams put up a solid performance, allowing one earned run on one hit over five innings.
So far this season, the Guardians’ has gone deep 109 times, placing them 25th in the league. Over Cleveland’s previous five games, they are 21st in runs scored, with their season average of 4 runs per game putting them 25th in the league. The Guardians’ overall team batting average stands at .249 along with an OBP of .311.
José Ramírez has been a force to be reckoned with for the Guardians in 2023. He leads the team in home runs with 22 and has driven in 73 runs. His slugging percentage is an impressive .480, making him one of the most dangerous hitters in the league.
WILL THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
The Giants enter today’s game with an overall record of 73-70, including putting together an above .500 mark at home (41-31). This year, San Francisco has played in 46 series and have gone 19-25-2. Currently, they are 3rd in the NL West.
Alex Cobb will take the mound for the Giants with a 7-6 record in 26 appearances this season. His ERA is 3.74, and his K/9 rate is 7.98. His FIP sits at 3.94, and his OBP is .307.
Alex Cobb is hoping to rebound from a brief appearance against the Padres. He was unable to prevent a 4-0 defeat, surrendering four runs over three innings of play.
Across their last ten games, the Giants’ offense is 9th in batting average, leading to an average of 4.5 runs per contest in that span. Overall, they are the 19th ranked scoring offense and posted a season-long OPS of .706 on 157 (16th).
Thairo Estrada has been a major contributor to the Giants’ offense this season, leading the team with 12 home runs in their last five games. His batting average of .274 has been a key factor in their success.