Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Guardians September 1 Betting Odds & Analysis

Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Guardians September 1 Betting Odds & Analysis

Cole Paganelli
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Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor celebrates

Kick off the month of September with a rubber match between playoff hopefuls as the Baltimore Orioles (68-61) take on the Cleveland Guardians (68-60). The Guardians will host this one at Progressive Field with first pitch scheduled for 6:10 p.m.

After dropping the first game, the Orioles won the second game on Wednesday 4-0. Offensively, top-ranked prospect Gunner Henderson made his presence felt in his debut going two for four with a home run. Ramon Urias also had a big day, hitting his 15th home run of the season and adding three runs batted in.

Triston McKenzie was solid for Cleveland, going five innings and allowing two earned runs. Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t do much to help cause and the bullpen gave up two more runs in four innings of work.

Cleveland only managed five hits in the loss including two apiece by Amed Rosario and Jose Ramirez.

Orioles vs. Guardians September 1 Odds

The Guardians are the favorites playing at home Thursday. They are -190 to win while the Orioles’ moneyline sits at +160. The runline features Baltimore +1.5 (-142), and the over/under for total runs is 7.5.

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Pitching Matchup

Baltimore will turn to Kyle Bradish in the finale. The righty is 2-5 in 16 games with a 5.63 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and he has struck out 79 in 80 innings.

Cleveland will counter with ace Shane Bieber. In 24 games, he is 8-7 with a 3.02 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and he has 153 strikeouts in 152 innings. He took a no-decision in his last start despite giving up just one run in seven innings of work.

Young Baltimore Team Continues To Stick Around

At 68-61, the Baltimore Orioles are not going away easily in the American League. They sit just two games back of a Wild Card spot and are hungry for a postseason berth.

Wednesday also exemplified why other teams should be scared of them. Not only do they have a talented roster at the big leagues, but with young stars like Gunner Henderson coming up, the championship window is just starting to open for them.

Against Shane Bieber, keep an eye on second baseman Rougned Odor. In seven at bats, he is hitting .286 with a home run. Robinson Chirinos has also homered off the righty.

Guardians Still Protecting Small Lead

With the Minnesota Twins also losing on Wednesday, the Guardians’ slim lead in the AL Central remains at 1.5 games. With just 34 games left, Cleveland luckily sits with the ninth-easiest remaining schedule, but their next couple weeks will be decisive for them.

In the next couple weeks, Cleveland has Thursday’s game against Baltimore, three with Seattle, and eight with the Twins. If they can get through that stretch still on top of the division, it could mean celebrating a division title in early October.

This will be the first time that any Guardians’ hitter has seen Bradish, but Jose Ramirez has been the Guardians best hitter overall. In 474 at bats, he is hitting .284/.353/.547 with 26 home runs, 106 runs batted in, 72 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases.

Bieber Looks To Secure Series Win

Any time that Shane Bieber toes the rubber for Cleveland, they should feel confident that they will win the game. Going against a pitcher in Kyle Bradish, who has struggled this season, the Guardians should be licking their chops.

Still, Cleveland can’t overlook the Orioles as they have been a pesky team and the type that can steal a series if the Guardians aren’t careful. If Bieber can do his part, the offense should definitely be able to do theirs.

With four more games at home before they hit the road again, Cleveland will look to take advantage of Progressive Field on Friday as they are 33-26 playing at home.

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