Cleveland Guardians vs. San Diego Padres August 24 Betting Preview
Wednesday features the finale of a brief two-game interleague matchup between the Cleveland Guardians (65-56) and the San Diego Padres (68-57). The Padres will host this one at Petco Park with first pitch scheduled for 4:10 pm ET.
Cleveland was able to take the opener on the road 3-1. Aaron Civale went 4.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits. The bullpen did the rest as they shut down the Padres for 4.1 innings.
The Guardians managed just four hits, but two of them were long balls as Oscar Gonzalez and Andres Gimenez both homered for Cleveland. Jose Ramirez added some extra insurance in the eighth with a run scoring single.
For San Diego, Mike Clevinger took the loss despite giving up just two runs on two hits over six innings. He walked one while striking out four on the day.
Offensively, San Diego scraped together six hits, but were only able to muster the on run on a Jake Cronenworth run batted in.
Guardians vs. Padres August 24 Betting Odds
The Padres are the favorites on Wednesday playing at home. They are -158 to win while the Guardians’ moneyline sits at +134. The runline features Cleveland +1.5 (-160), and the over/under for total runs is 7.5.
Cleveland will turn to righty Cal Quantrill to try to finish the sweep. In 23 games, he is 9-5 with a 3.77 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and he has 88 strikeouts in 136 innings.
The Padres will turn to southpaw Blake Snell. The 29-year-old is 5-6 in 16 games with a 3.76 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and he has 112 strikeouts in 83.2 innings. He also took a no-decision in his last time out as he gave up three runs in five innings to the Nationals.
Guardians Look To Create Separation
With both the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox losing Tuesday, the Guardians were able to give themselves a bit more breathing room. With the three teams still divided by just four games, though, the Guardians know every win is crucial.
Keep an eye on Jose Ramirez in this one. In his career against Blake Snell, he is hitting .333 in 15 at bats with a home run and two runs batted in.
Only three other Guardians have faced Snell in their careers, but they are a combined 1 for 11 against him.
Aside from Ramirez, Amed Rosario has had the most success against lefties this season. In 101 at bats, he is hitting .297/.351/.515 with four home runs and 12 runs batted in against southpaws.
Padres Clinging To Postseason Spot
With the NL West basically out of reach, the Padres best shot at the postseason is via the Wild Card. While they still hold the third spot, they sit only a game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers. They will look to add to their win total on Wednesday at home, where they are 35-27 this season.
Albeit in limited at bats, not too many Padres’ hitters have done damage to Cal Quantrill. Both Ha-Seong Kim and Josh Bell have a single run batted in against him, but aside from that, the Padres are just 4 for 23 against the righty.
Of some concern for the Padres is the health of Juan Soto. He was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup after experiencing back tightness. He is questionable for Wednesday, but it would be a big bat out of their lineup if he is unable to go.
Guardians Have Good Opportunity To Sweep
While the Guardians are thrilled to leave San Diego with a split, they have a good opportunity to sweep the interleague game with a good outing from Cal Quantrill Wednesday.
Especially if Juan Soto is forced to sit another game, the Padres’ offense has been relatively average this year as they rank 15th in scoring with 4.40 runs per game (3.93 at home). If Cal Quantrill can limit the damage, the Guardians should have a good opportunity to put a few runs together against Blake Snell and the Padres’ pitching staff to pick up a series sweep.
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