San Diego Padres vs. Cleveland Guardians May 4 Double Header Betting Preview
After getting rained out on Tuesday, the brief two-game series between the San Diego Padres (15-8) and the Cleveland Guardians (10-12) will now be played as a doubleheader on Wednesday. Cleveland will host the two games at Progressive Field with the first pitch for the first game scheduled for 1:10 p.m.
After winning seven of their last 10 games, the Padres sit in second in the NL West by mere percentage points behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. To date, the Padres are an impressive 9-4 when playing on the road.
The Guardians also sit in second place in the AL Central, 3.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins. The Guardians are 3-3 at home and they have lost seven of their last 10 games.
The Padres are the favorites in the opener despite playing on the road. They are -125 to win while the Guardians’ moneyline sits at +115. The runline features Cleveland +1.5.
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Mike Clevinger will finally make his season debut in the opener for the Padres after being shut down with Tommy John surgery last season. The Guardians will counter with righty Zach Plesac (1-2, 3.80 ERA).
In the back half of the doubleheader, the Padres will send lefty MacKenzie Gore (2-0, 1.76 ERA) to the bump to square off with righty Cal Quantrill (1-1, 3.27 ERA).
By The Numbers
Both of these teams rank in the top ten this season in scoring. The Padres rank third overall averaging 4.74 runs per game (5.31 on the road). The Guardians rank seventh averaging 4.59 runs per game (3.83 at home).
Defensively, the Padres again have the advantage. They rank 12th in scoring defense allowing 3.87 runs per game (4.31 on the road). The Guardians rank 22nd allowing 4.27 runs per game (3.50 at home).
Padres Try To Get Clevinger A Win In His First Game Back
After missing all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, the adrenaline will already be flowing for Mike Clevinger as he returns to the mound Wednesday afternoon. Given that he is facing the team he broke into the league with, it may be hard for him to contain his emotions.
Still, the Padres, who have been stellar on the road, will try to support the righty and help him pick up the win in his old stomping grounds.
The Padres have the third-highest scoring team in the majors and it is partly because of the resurgence of the first baseman Eric Hosmer. At one point this offseason there was speculation that the Padres couldn’t give him away in a trade, but he has been red hot this season hitting .382/.447/.579 with three home runs, 14 runs batted in, and 10 runs scored.
Jurickson Profar and Manny Machado have also gotten off to strong starts. Profar leads the team in home runs (five) despite hitting just .176. Machado has arguably been the best hitter for the Padres hitting .375/.440/.591 with four home runs and a team-high 16 runs batted in and 20 runs scored.
Cleveland Looks To Keep Win Streak Going
After losing seven games in a row, the Cleveland Guardians were able to bounce back over the weekend against the Oakland A’s. They were able to finish the sweep on Sunday, outscoring Oakland 19 to 12 over the three games. On Wednesday, they will look to keep the win streak going and possibly even sweep back-to-back series.
Jose Ramirez might be one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball in the early going. In just 82 at-bats, the third baseman has hit .341/.421/.707 with a team-high seven home runs, 28 runs batted in, and 13 runs scored.
Rookies Owen Miller and Steven Kwan have also been productive in the early going. Miller is hitting .377/.444/.660 with two home runs, eight runs batted in, and 13 runs scored in 53 at-bats.
The 24-year-old Kwan is hitting .340/.439/.472 with seven runs batted in and 12 runs scored thus far this season.
With many Cleveland fans feeling disappointed after not adding much offense this offseason, the two rookies have given a shot of adrenaline to the club’s offense.
Guardians Looking For Another Sweep
It has now been six straight series that the Guardians have either swept their opponents or been swept. On Wednesday, they have a chance to pick up back-to-back sweeps if they can take down the Padres in both games.
It won’t be an easy task as Mike Clevinger and MacKenzie Gore can shut teams down, but the Guardians have their own solid starters going in Zach Plesac and Cal Quantrill.
Runs may come at a premium Wednesday, but if the Guardians can find a way to scratch a few runs across in each game, they should have a chance to pick up two wins and get back to .500 overall.
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