Best Cleveland Guardians Future Bets To Place Before Opening Day

Best Cleveland Guardians Future Bets To Place Before Opening Day

Ayden Fahlstrom
2 years ago
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Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Triston McKenzie (24) throws to the Minnesota Twins in a 2021 MLB game at Target Field.

The Cleveland Guardians failed to spend much money this offseason and have a fairly similar roster to last year. But if they can avoid the injury bug, Cleveland could potentially compete in the American League Central division.

They also have a good chance to earn you money on futures bets because of their low expectations. Without further ado, let's take a look at the best Cleveland Guardians future bets.

Jose Ramirez for MVP

Jose Ramirez has finished in the top six in MVP voting in four of the past six years. J-Ram is a monster at the plate and has also progressed defensively at third base.

The Guardians lineup is far from intimidating, but Ramirez will have protection with powerful hitters such as Franmil Reyes and Bobby Bradley hitting behind him. If the Guardians have any chance of contending, Ramirez will need to have an incredibly productive campaign.

At 29 years old, 2022 feels like the year Ramirez finally wins his first MVP award. He probably could have won it in 2020. There were plenty of people around the baseball world who felt as if he out-performed Jose Abreu of the White Sox during the shortened 60 game season.

Nonetheless, Ramirez is one of the best players in the game and makes for a great dark horse MVP betting pick this year.

Triston McKenzie to make the All-Star team

Triston McKenzie was once considered one of the best prospects in the Guardians' farm system. He and Nolan Jones were projected as the future of the franchise.

But Jones's development has stalled in the minors while McKenzie has labored at the big league level.

But the truth is that McKenzie has not been as bad as his numbers indicate. His ERA was north of 4.00 last year (4.95 for those keeping track at home), but it all came down to control of his pitches. He would often completely lose the strike zone, which led to walks, runs, and short outings.

But when McKenzie found control of his pitches, he was nothing short of electric. His stuff plays in the MLB, and he has the potential to become a Cy Young caliber arm.

He now has some years of MLB experience under his belt, and I'm banking on a breakout campaign for the young right-hander.

Guardians will Surpass their Projected Win Total (75.5)

The Cleveland Guardians won 80 games last year despite dealing with an injury-plagued roster. The 2020 Cy Young Award winner, Shane Bieber, missed almost the entire second half of the year due to injury, and Cleveland still almost finished better than .500.

And they are returning a similar roster in 2022.

As long as the Guardians can avoid long-term injuries, they should be able to win at least 76 games. If the rotation pans out and Ramirez ends up posting an MVP-caliber season, Cleveland might end up crushing this prediction.

So there you have it. Those are the best three Cleveland Guardians future bets for the 2022 MLB season!

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