Guardians (35-38) vs A’s (19-57) Game Preview | Thursday 6/22 1:10 PM. EST.

June 22, 2023

Andy Billman

Series Finale Against the Oakland A’s

3 Things Preview Cleveland Guardians vs. Athletics:

1 – Sweep

The Guardians have not swept an opponent this season, but have an opportunity today with Logan Allen on the bump.  The Guards have won three in a row and four out of six heading into today’s game.

2 – Almost 300

Josh Naylor has been on such a tear since the Baltimore series in late May climbing his batting average 69 points from .226 to .295 in that span.  Naylor is also currently in the top 5 in RBIs as he is tied for 4th with 55 RBIs.

3 – Clase is in session

Emmanuel Clase has also been on a roll as Clase has only given up one run in his last twelve appearances dropping his ERA to 2.55.  Clase is also currently tied for most saves in MLB with 22.

Guardians Notes

Cleveland finds itself with a subpar record, sitting three games below a .500 winning percentage. However, they are in close pursuit of the division-leading Minnesota in the AL Central standings, as only one game separates the two teams. Can the Guardians reclaim the Central Division title?

The offensive performance of Cleveland has been lackluster, scoring an average of 3.89 runs per game, ranking them 27th in the league. Their batting average stands at .245, placing them 17th, while their overall offensive production, measured by OPS, sits at .679, placing them 27th as well. In terms of power hitting, they have hit the fewest home runs in the league with 46 (30th), but their stolen base count of 55 ranks them 11th. On the pitching side, the team has performed decently, with a 3.85 ERA, ranking them 9th in the league, and a 1.29 WHIP, placing them 16th. The pitching staff has also recorded 29 quality starts.

Taking the mound for the Guardians on Thursday afternoon at Progressive Field is Allen. The young left-handed pitcher has struggled in his recent two outings, allowing a combined total of ten runs in nine innings against Houston and San Diego. However, he has shown consistency throughout the season, limiting seven of his opponents to three runs or fewer.

Guardians Stats and Insights


  • Allen makes the start for the Guardians, his 11th of the season. He is 3-2 with a 3.95 ERA and 53 strikeouts through 54 2/3 innings pitched.
  • The left-hander’s most recent time out came on Friday against the San Diego Padres, when he went three innings, surrendering five earned runs while allowing four hits.
  • The 24-year-old has an ERA of 3.95, with 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings, in 10 games this season. Opponents have a .279 batting average against him.
  • Allen is trying to record his fifth quality start of the season.
  • Allen is trying to pick up his ninth start of five or more innings this year in this game.
  • He has made one appearance this season in which he did not give up an earned run.


  • The Guardians rank last in Major League Baseball with just 47 home runs as a team.
  • Hitters for Cleveland have combined to rank 28th in the majors with a .370 team slugging percentage.
  • The Guardians rank 17th in MLB with a .246 team batting average.
  • Cleveland has scored 287 runs (just 3.9 per game) this season, which ranks 27th in MLB.
  • The Guardians have an OBP of .310 this season, which ranks 22nd in MLB.
  • Cleveland is one of the most-disciplined teams at the plate this season, ranking second with an average of 7.1 strikeouts per game.

A’s Notes

After their impressive seven-game winning streak, Oakland’s triumph was short-lived, as they have now suffered six consecutive losses. With their recent performance, one might wonder if the Athletics’ winning ways have come to an end in 2023.

The team’s offensive statistics paint a grim picture. They currently rank last in the league, averaging only 3.52 runs per game and batting a meager .222 with a .655 OPS. Their power numbers are also lackluster, with just 69 home runs (23rd) and a stolen base count of 75 (3rd).

On the pitching side, Oakland’s staff has struggled immensely, sporting a league-worst 6.00 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. They have managed only 15 quality starts throughout the season, further highlighting their struggles on the mound.

In the upcoming series finale, the left-handed pitcher Sears is set to start for the visiting team. While he has had some rough outings recently, surrendering six combined runs in five of his last six games, he did manage an impressive performance in his latest appearance against Atlanta, allowing only one run over six innings. Apart from a shaky start against the New York Yankees, where he gave up five earned runs from three home runs, Sears has been dominant since the beginning of May.

A’s Stats and Insights


  • Sears makes the start for the Athletics, his 15th of the season. He is 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings pitched.
  • His most recent appearance came on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies, when the left-hander threw seven innings, surrendering four earned runs while allowing four hits.
  • In 14 games this season, the 27-year-old has an ERA of 4.24, with 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents are hitting .228 against him.
  • Sears is trying to record his fifth quality start of the season in this matchup.
  • Sears will try to extend a three-game streak of going five or more innings (he’s averaging 5.4 frames per appearance).
  • He has held his opponents without an earned run in one of his 14 appearances this season.
  • He will face a Guardians team that is batting .246 as a unit (17th in the MLB). They are also slugging a collective .370 (28th in the league) with 47 total home runs (30th in MLB action).
  • Sears has thrown 4 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits while striking out five against the Guardians this season.


  • The Athletics average 0.9 home runs per game to rank 22nd in MLB action with 70 total home runs.
  • So far this season, Oakland has the lowest slugging percentage in baseball (.352).
  • The Athletics have the worst batting average in the league (.222).
  • Oakland is the lowest-scoring team in MLB action averaging 3.6 runs per game (270 total).
  • The Athletics’ .303 on-base percentage ranks 25th in baseball.

Final Thoughts/Pick

Cleveland has a poor record on the run line as a home favorite, with a record of 7-18, which is one of the worst in Major League Baseball (MLB). Furthermore, their run line record as favorites, 12-28, ranks among the bottom five in the league.

Our Pick: Take Oakland and the run line

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