Cleveland Guardians vs. New York Yankees April 23 Betting Preview

Cleveland Guardians vs. New York Yankees April 23 Betting Preview

Cole Paganelli
9 months ago
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Franmil Reyes rounds the bases after a home run against the New York Yankees

Enjoy an afternoon game on Saturday as the Cleveland Guardians (7-6) take on the New York Yankees (8-6) in the second game of a three-game series. The Yankees will host this one at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 pm ET.

The Yankees took the first game of the series on Friday, 4-1. In the win, Jameson Taillon went five innings, allowing one run on seven hits and striking out five.

Offensively, Aaron Judge launched two home runs, accounting for three runs batted in and two runs scored on the night.

For Cleveland, Franmil Reyes hit his second home run in as many nights, but the Guardians couldn’t get much else going despite having nine hits. They left 15 runners on base while also striking out 15 times.

Eli Morgan took the loss after giving up two runs on just one hit in three innings of work. He struck out five and walked two.

Betting Odds

The Yankees are the favorite Saturday playing at home. They are -191 to win while the Guardians’ moneyline sits at +175. The runline features Cleveland +1.5 (-117), and the over/under for total runs is 8.5.

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Pitching Matchup

The Guardians will turn to righty Cal Quantrill (1-0, 3.72 ERA) on Saturday. In his last start against the Giants, Quantrill took a no-decision after giving up two runs in 4.2 innings of work.

New York will counter with lefty Nestor Cortes (0-0, 0.00 ERA). In 9.1 innings of work this year, Cortes has struck out a whopping 17 batters and has a 0.75 WHIP. In his last start, he went five innings against the Orioles, allowing just three hits and no runs.

Guardians Try To Bounce Back After Loss

After sweeping the White Sox at home earlier in the week, the Guardians had a rough start to their series in New York after dropping Game 1. On Saturday, they will look to get back into the win column and even the series with the Yankees.

After hitting another home run on Friday, Franmil Reyes seems to be finding his groove. Despite hitting .196/.226/.314 on the season, Reyes has two home runs and five runs batted in for the Guardians.

Jose Ramirez is still the catalyst for this team, though. In 51 at bats, the third baseman is hitting .392/.439/.765 with four home runs and 20 runs batted in.

In just a combined seven at bats against the lefty, Oscar Mercado is the only Guardians’ batter to have a hit off of Cortes.

New York Trying To Keep Winning Trend Going Against Cleveland

The Yankees have been playing decent ball as of late, especially when they are matched up with the Guardians. When playing at Yankee Stadium, New York is 9-4 in their last 13 games against the Guardians. They will try to keep that going on Saturday.

After hitting two home runs against Cleveland Friday, Aaron Judge is now hitting .280/.368/.540 with three home runs, five runs batted in, and seven runs scored.

Anthony Rizzo still leads the team at this point in both home runs (four) and runs batted in (10).

Keep an eye on Josh Donaldson in this one. In 15 at bats against Quantrill, Donaldson is hitting .400 with a home run and four runs batted in.

Cleveland Pitching Gives Them A Chance

The old adage is that you are only as good as your next day’s pitcher. Luckily for Cleveland, their entire rotation is pretty solid. That applies to Saturday’s starter Cal Quantrill, who has quietly turned into a really solid arm for a loaded Guardians’ pitching staff.

While the Guardians’ offense will have fits of inconsistency, already shown at times this season, their pitching will keep them in most games. They do have a dubious task of facing New York in Yankee Stadium, but if Quantrill can limit the Yankees’ potent offense, Cleveland should have a chance at stealing Game 2.

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