Cleveland Guardians vs. New York Yankees April 24 Betting Preview

Cleveland Guardians vs. New York Yankees April 24 Betting Preview

Tyler Vaysman
9 months ago
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Guardians manager Terry Francona makes a pitching change during the eighth inning against theYankees

Usually, the finale to a three-game series in April doesn't get much national attention, but after the events of Saturday, all eyes will be on Yankee Stadium as the Cleveland Guardians (7-7) take on the New York Yankees (9-6).

The Yankees won Saturday's game in come-from-behind fashion, but the comeback was marred by a couple of ugly incidents. First, Steven Kwan was pelted with insults after crashing into the outfield wall until teammate Myles Straw came to his defense, climbing the wall and getting face-to-face with some of the Bronx faithful.

After the Yankees won on a Gleyber Torres walk-off, fans started throwing bottles and other trash on the field, aiming at the Guardians outfielders.

With Yankees players coming out to calm down the fans, there is no bad blood between the two teams, but it will still be interesting to see any potential interactions between the Guardians' outfielders and the fans Sunday afternoon.

In the meantime, Cleveland is trying to avoid a sweep Sunday by stealing the finale. The first pitch for this one is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

Betting Odds

The Yankees are the favorites playing at home. They are -225 to win while the Guardians' moneyline sits at +185. The runline features Cleveland +1.5 (-114), and the over/under for total runs is seven.

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Pitching Matchup

The Guardians will send righty Aaron Civale (0-1, 6.14 ERA) to the mound Sunday. In his last start against the Giants, Civale picked up the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) in four innings of work.

The Yankees will counter with ace Gerrit Cole (0-0, 6.35 ERA). Despite having three starts, Cole has only pitched 11.1 innings, striking out 12 and posting a 1.41 WHIP.

Straw and Guardians Look To Silence Yankees Fans

If Myles Straw wasn't a fan favorite before Saturday's game, he certainly is now. Coming to the defense of fellow outfielder Steven Kwan, Straw went face-to-face with the enemy and doubled down by calling them the worst fanbase in baseball after the game.

Acquired from the Astros' last trade deadline, Straw is currently hitting .296/.397/.370 with 14 runs scored and four stolen bases in 54 at bats.

The key for Cleveland will be figuring out Gerrit Cole. For as good as Cole has been in his career, Jose Ramirez has had success against the righty. In 12 at bats, Ramirez is hitting .333 with two home runs and four runs batted in.

Yankees Look To Finish Sweep

At 9-6, the Yankees currently sit second in a solid AL East. While it is far too early to be analyzing the standings, the Yankees are excited to be off to a good start. Currently 6-3 at Yankee Stadium, they will try to use their home-field advantage to finish the sweep Sunday.

The Yankees have certainly had the Guardians' number recently. In their last 11 games, New York is 8-3 against Cleveland.

Leading the way offensively for New York is first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Despite hitting just .235, he leads the team with four home runs and ten runs batted in. He is also tied for the most runs at seven.

Newcomer Josh Donaldson, acquired this offseason in a trade with Minnesota, has struggled to date. He is hitting just .196/.317/.373, although he does have two home runs and four runs batted in.

Guardians Hope Cole's Woes Continue

It has been anything but a strong start to the season for the Yankees Gerrit Cole. He has given up at least two earned runs in every start and only lasted 1.2 innings last time out.

Of course, Cole has the ability and the track record that suggests he will turn it around sooner than later, but the Guardians will try to extend his streak of bad outings by one on Sunday.

After Saturday's fiasco, both the blown save in the ninth and the debacle with the Yankees' fans, the Guardians will certainly be motivated to finish the series with a win.

The real question is whether Aaron Civale can slow down the Yankees' hitters and if Cleveland can muster any offense against Cole. If one, let alone both, of these can happen, the Guardians have a legitimate shot of pulling off the upset.

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