Guardians (59-66) vs Dodgers (76-47) Match-Up Preview | 8/22 7:10 PM EST

August 22, 2023

Andy Billman

Game 1 Against the Los Angeles Dodgers


3 Things Preview For Todays Game:

1 –  Thor! 

Guardians P Noah Syndergaard is on the mound facing his old club the Dodgers on Tuesday night.  Syndergaard had a rough outing his last time out, giving up two home runs against the Reds. For Thor it is simple, if he keeps the ball in the ballpark he wins, when the ball goes out, it’s normally in bunches and ends in a loss. 

2 – Return of Rosario

The other half of the Cleveland trade with LA is back as well as Amed Rosario is back in town. Since the Rosario trade, the Guards are 8-15. Rosario is not having his best August as he is only batting .204 with three home runs with the Dodgers.

3 – Eric Hasse Back 

The Guardians on Monday claimed C Eric Haase as Hasse returns to Cleveland who originally drafted him back in 2011. C Zach Collins has been designated for assignment


Guardians Notes

The Guardians have had a rough week in terms of performance, entering this game with a two-game losing streak. They’re determined to break this streak by defeating the Dodgers, aiming for their second victory in the last four games and hoping to take the lead in the series.

Cleveland has been averaging four runs per game, with their batting average of .249 ranking them 18th in the league. Their on-base percentage of .311 is positioned at 25th place, while their slugging percentage of .377 ranks 29th.

At the forefront of Cleveland’s batting statistics is Josh Naylor, boasting a batting average of .306 and contributing 79 RBI. Meanwhile, Jose Ramirez leads the team with 18 home runs.

Cleveland’s pitching performance has been solid, allowing an average of 4.04 runs per game. Opposing teams have managed a .243 batting average against the Guardians, placing them 13th in the league. The team’s earned run average (ERA) stands at 3.76, ranking third, and their walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) is at 1.27, holding the 13th position in the league.

In his recent start, Syndergaard faced some challenges, surrendering eight hits and six runs in 4.1 innings, which resulted in a 7-2 loss to Cincinnati. For the upcoming game, a stronger performance from him will be crucial if Cleveland aims to secure a victory.

Guardians Stats and Insights

GUARDIANS PROBABLE PITCHER – Noah Syndergaard

  • Syndergaard (2-6 with a 6.57 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings pitched) gets the start for the Guardians, his 17th of the season.
  • The right-hander’s last time out came on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds, when he went 4 1/3 innings, surrendering five earned runs while giving up eight hits.
  • Syndergaard enters the matchup with 10 outings of five or more innings pitched this campaign.
  • In one of his appearances this season, he did not surrender an earned run.
  • The Guardians have a 1-5 record in Syndergaard’s six starts this season when they were the underdog on the money line.
  • Syndergaard’s team has won five of his 16 starts.
  • Syndergaard has had 16 starts that sportsbooks set a total for this season, and 10 of those matchups finished over the total.

GUARDIANS HITTING TRENDS

  • They have won 17 of the 22 games this season in which they hit two or more home runs.
  • Cleveland has gone 17-5 this season when collecting five or more extra-base hits as a team.
  • In 74 games this season with eight or more hits, they have a record of 39-35.
  • In 44 games this season with five or more runs scored, it has posted a record of 34-10.
  • They have won 17 of their 29 games this season in which they’ve drawn more than four free passes.

Dodgers Notes

After facing a defeat from the Brewers, the Dodgers displayed resilience by securing back-to-back victories. Their intention now is to sustain this positive energy by triumphing over the Guardians. Achieving this victory would mark their third consecutive win and their fifth consecutive victory on the road.

On the offensive front, the Dodgers have been averaging 5.59 runs per game. Their batting average of .251 ranks them 14th in the league, while their .337 on-base percentage and .454 slugging percentage both stand in third place.

Within the team, Freddie Freeman holds the highest batting average at .333, whereas Mookie Betts has taken the lead with 34 home runs and 86 RBI.

Los Angeles’ pitching performance has been commendable, conceding an average of 4.42 runs per game. Opposing teams have managed a .239 batting average against the Dodgers, positioning them eighth in the league. In terms of ERA, they are placed 16th with a 4.19 figure, and their 1.23 WHIP ranks fifth.

In the most recent outing for Miller, he impressively allowed just one hit and one run across six innings, contributing to a 6-2 victory against Milwaukee. If the Dodgers aspire to secure another victory, a similarly strong performance from Miller will undoubtedly be required.

Dodgers Stats and Insights

DODGERS PROBABLE PITCHER – Bobby Miller

  • Miller and his team are 9-5-0 ATS this season when he starts.
  • The right-hander’s last appearance was on Wednesday, when he threw six innings against the Milwaukee Brewers, giving up one earned run while allowing one hit.
  • Miller will look to finish five or more innings for the third start in a row.
  • He has three appearances with no earned runs allowed in 14 chances this season.
  • Miller’s team has won 72.7% of his starts when they are favored on the money line (8-3).
  • Miller’s team is 10-4 when he starts this season.
  • In Miller’s 14 starts with a total, the teams have hit the over eight times.

DODGERS HITTING TRENDS

  • The Dodgers have a 46-16 record in games this season when they hit two or more homers.
  • Los Angeles is 29-9 in games this season when it has put up at least five extra-base hits.
  • The team has put up at least eight hits in 79 games this season and is 58-21 in those contests.
  • Los Angeles is 62-16 in games this season when it scored at least five runs.
  • The Dodgers have drawn five or more walks in 52 games this season, and are 37-15 in those contests.

Final Thoughts/Pick

The Dodgers have demonstrated their dominance by securing victory in nine out of their last ten matches, triumphing in five of their past six games on the road. Their offensive prowess during away games is evident, amassing a total of 20 runs in their three most recent matchups. Anticipate their offensive momentum to persist in the upcoming game, fueled by their impressive batting performance against right-handed pitchers. On the flip side, Syndergaard’s struggles on the pitcher’s mound persist, having relinquished 12 runs across his last three starts. Notably, he yielded eight runs in his previous three encounters with the Dodgers, indicating a challenging task to impede their progress in this game.

In contrast, the Guardians have encountered difficulties, suffering defeats in four out of their last five contests, including three out of their past four home games. Offensive struggles have plagued them recently, managing a mere eight runs over their last three outings. Unfortunately for them, this offensive struggle is likely to persist given Miller’s formidable pitching form for the Dodgers, conceding just three runs in his preceding three starts. While he did give up six runs over his last four road games, he’s anticipated to effectively contain Cleveland’s offensive endeavors. Consequently, favoring the Los Angeles team to confidently cover the money line is a prudent choice.

Our Pick: Take Dodgers and the Moneyline

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