Giants vs Guardians Matchup

Carlos Carrasco and the Cleveland Guardians will host the San Francisco Giants today at 1:40 PM ET from Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Guardians are 55-32 this season and are 1st in the AL Central, while the Giants are 44-46 and 4th in the NL West. Cleveland is favored on the money line, and the over/under line is at 9 runs.

Hayden Birdsong is starting for the Giants, and this interleague matchup can be seen on BSGL. Cleveland's money line odds are at -131, while the Giants are the slight underdog at +111.

San Francisco vs. Cleveland Matchup At A Glance

  • Teams: Giants at Guardians
  • Where: Progressive Field Cleveland
  • Date: Sunday, July 7th
  • Betting Odds CLE -131 | SF +111 O/U 9

Giants vs Guardians Last Game Recap

Cleveland picked up a 5-4 win over the Giants in the most recent game of this series. The Guardians had a three-run 1st inning but didn't score another run until putting up two in the 6th. As for the Giants, they scored three runs in the 5th and added one more in the 7th.

Logan Allen got the start for the Guardians, going just 4 1/3 innings while giving up two runs and striking out nine. He did not factor in the decision, as Pedro Avila got the win out of the bullpen. Emmanuel Clase got the save. Kyle Harrison had a rough outing for the Giants, giving up four runs in 3 1/3 innings of work.

At the plate, Steven Kwan was the only player for the Guardians' lineup to have more than one hit. He also homered and scored twice. Jhonkensy Noel also went deep for Cleveland. Tyler Fitzgerald had a two RBI game at the plate for the Giants.

Giants Preview

San Francisco has been a solid run line bet this season, going 45-45 overall and 25-21 on the road. The Giants are 27-21 as underdogs and have covered the run line in three straight games. Their games have averaged 9.1 runs, and the over is 49-38 in their games this season.

The Giants are currently in 4th place in the NL West, 11 games behind the Dodgers and a half-game behind the Diamondbacks. They have a 44-46 overall record and have won three straight series, bringing their series record to 15-11-2 for the season.

Hayden Birdsong is getting the start for the Giants on the road against the Cleveland Guardians. He is coming off a win in his last outing, where he went 5 innings and struck out 5, but did give up 2 home runs. In his first start of the season, he went 4 2/3 innings and gave up 3 runs.

San Francisco's offense has been pretty consistent this season, as they are averaging 4.4 runs per game both at home and on the road. Overall, they are 14th in the league in scoring. The Giants are batting .244 as a team (12th) and have the 15th ranked slugging percentage in the league. San Francisco's offense has been pretty good at avoiding strikeouts, as they are 17th in the league in strikeouts.

Heliot Ramos and Matt Chapman have been swinging the bat well of late, with Ramos hitting .414 over his last seven games and Chapman batting .346 in that stretch. Both players have two homers during this stretch. For the season, Ramos is batting .300, and Chapman is at .244. Ramos and Chapman are also the Giants' top two home run hitters, with 12 homers apiece.

Guardians Preview

Cleveland is 29-11 at home and 55-32 overall, leading the AL Central by six games over the Twins. The Guardians have a 14-10 division record and a 19-7-2 series record this season. Their average run differential is +1.1, but when they win, it jumps to +3.5.

For the season, the Guardians have an over/under record of 43-38, and the average run total in their games is 8.8. When the O/U line is set at 9, their record is 5-7-2. In games with lower totals than 9 runs, 77.0% have gone under.

Right-hander Carlos Carrasco gets the start for the Guardians today as he faces the Giants at home. He has made 15 starts this season and has a record of 3-6 with an ERA of 5.21. Opposing batters are hitting .262 off Carrasco this season, and he has a WHIP of 1.35. In his 15 starts, Carrasco has turned in four quality starts and is coming off an outing in which he didn't allow a homer. Before that, he had given up a homer in three straight outings. Carrasco's ERA at home is 4.95 compared to 5.94 on the road.

For the season, the Guardians are averaging 5 runs per game, which is 6th in the league. They have been even better at home, averaging 5.1 runs per game. As a team, the Guardians are batting .246, which is 10th in the league, and are 9th in the league in home runs. Their team on-base percentage is .319, which is 8th in the MLB.

José Ramírez has been the team's top power threat this season, as his 23 homers are 4th in the league and leads the Guardians. He also has 76 RBIs, which is 2nd in the MLB. Over his last five games, Jhonkensy Noel has two homers, but he is just 4/17 in that stretch. Steven Kwan has gone 10/30 in his last seven games and also has two homers in that stretch.

Giants vs. Guardians Prediction: Guardians ML -131

Our pick for today's Giants vs. Guardians matchup is to take the Guardians on the money line at -131. We actually have the Guardians winning this one 6-5, so you could also look to take the over, as the line is sitting at 9 runs.

Looking at the starting pitchers, our projections have Hayden Birdsong finishing with five strikeouts, and Carlos Carrasco with four. If you're looking for a parlay, you could look to pair the Guardians with a starting pitcher strikeout prop.

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