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Cleveland Guardians vs. New York Yankees April 22 Betting Preview
On Friday, the Cleveland Guardians (7-5) will travel to the Big Apple to take on the New York Yankees (7-6) at Yankees Stadium. First pitch for this game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
After two days of postponements to start the series, Cleveland was able to sweep three games from the Chicago White Sox, including a 6-3 win on Thursday.
In the win, Zach Plesac went 6.2 innings allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits, and struck out three. Franmil Reyes hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third inning off of Dylan Cease.
After winning their first two games, the Yankees dropped the finale to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday 3-0. New York mustered seven hits in the contest, but could not get anyone across the plate in the loss. Jordan Montgomery took the loss despite giving up just a single run in six innings.
The Yankees open as the favorites in this one. They are -163 to win while the Guardians’ moneyline sits at +153. The runline features Cleveland +1.5 (-140).
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The Guardians will turn to Eli Morgan in the opener on Friday. In six innings (all relief appearances), Morgan is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and has six strikeouts.
New York will counter with righty Jameson Taillon (0-1, 3.72 ERA). In his last start, Taillon took a no-decision after going 4.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits to the Orioles.
Cleveland Trying To Keep Winning Streak Going
After dropping three games last weekend to the Giants, the Guardians bounced back by beating up on their division rivals, the Chicago White Sox. On Friday, they will look to keep the momentum going as they travel to Yankee Stadium.
After losing the division by 13 games last season, the Guardians seem to be healthy and clicking early on. If their pitching can keep up, and they can get just enough offense, they could be a legitimate contender for the AL Central.
Leading the offense is perennial All-Star Jose Ramirez. In 12 games, Ramirez is hitting .426/.472/.830 with four home runs, 20 runs batted in, and seven runs scored. Even more impressive, he has more walks (four) than strikeouts (three) in the early going.
Keep an eye out for Franmil Reyes in this one. He has only had two at bats against Taillon, but he is two for two with a home run and three runs batted in during those at bats.
Yankees Look For Home Cooking
After a six-game road trip, the Yankees will return to Yankee Stadium and look to build on their winning record there. They are currently 4-3 as the home team early on after going 46-35 there last season.
Despite hitting just .233, Anthony Rizzo has been one of the most potent bats for the Yankees early on. In 43 at bats, he has a team-leading four home runs, 10 runs batted in, and seven runs scored.
Unfortunately for Yankees’ fans, they are still striking out at a really high clip. In fact, Giancarlo Stanton (19), Josh Donaldson (17), Joey Gallo (16), and Aaron Judge (14) have a combined 66 strikeouts through just 13 games.
Cleveland Will Look To Morgan For Quality Innings
It is always tough to feel overly confident when having a bullpen day, but Eli Morgan has had some quality outings early on, and if he can hold the Yankees down early, the Guardians have a chance.
With the way Cleveland has been swinging it, don’t be surprised if they jump on Taillon early and give themselves a chance to win in the opener.
Again, this one boils down to the start Cleveland can get from Morgan, but they certainly have a chance to pull off the upset.
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