Guardians (69-77) at Giants (74-71) Match-Up Preview | 9/13 3:45 PM EST

September 13, 2023

Andy Billman

Series Finale Against the Giants

3 Things Preview For Today’s Game:

1 – Lefty Logan 

Looking for back-to-back victories, Logan Allen is starting for the Guardians on Wednesday afternoon.  Allen’s success is based on keeping the ball in the yard.  When Allen gives up the long ball the result usually ends in a loss. 

2 – Freeman’s Big Hit 

Tyler Freeman got the game-winning hit on Tuesday night for the Guards and it came during a time when Freeman has been having a hard time at the plate.  In the month of September, in 13 at-bats, Freeman got his second hit in September.  

3 – Did you know?

Emmanuel Clase is your current saves leader at 40 and the next closer reliever has 37.

Guardians Notes

Logan Allen has been entrusted with the starting role for the Guardians. So far this season, he’s maintained a respectable record at 7-7, accompanied by a 3.68 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP over 117.1 innings pitched. He’s also recorded 113 strikeouts while conceding 114 hits. Allen is determined to utilize his experience and command of the game to provide the Guardians with a competitive edge.

Despite a string of recent losses, including a 5-4 defeat against the Giants in their most recent game, the Guardians have witnessed outstanding performances from players like Jose Ramirez. Ramirez currently leads the team in both home runs and batting average, boasting an impressive .275 AVG and 22 home runs this season. The team is rallying around their star players in their quest for victory.

The Guardians have maintained a balanced approach to the game, averaging 4.02 runs per game and possessing a team ERA of 3.96. This demonstrates their well-rounded strategy, both offensively and defensively, although they do score fewer runs than all but three other teams in the league.

Guardians Stats and Insights


  • Allen makes the start for the Guardians, his 23rd of the season. He is 7-7 with a 3.68 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 117 1/3 innings pitched.
  • His most recent appearance came on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels, when the left-hander went five innings, surrendering one earned run while allowing three hits.
  • Allen will try to extend a three-game streak of lasting five or more innings (he’s averaging 5.3 frames per appearance).
  • In five of his 22 total appearances this season he has not given up an earned run.
  • The Guardians have an 8-4 record in Allen’s 12 starts this season when they were the underdog on the moneyline.
  • Allen’s team is 14-8 over his 22 starts.
  • Allen’s starts with a set total this season have hit the over in nine of 22 contests.


  • They’ve hit two or more homers in 27 games this season and are 20-7 in those matchups.
  • In 25 games with five or more extra-base hits this season, it has a record of 19-6.
  • In 88 games this season with eight or more hits, they have a record of 46-42.
  • In 53 games this season with five or more runs scored, it has posted a record of 40-13.
  • In 36 games this season with five or more walks drawn, they’ve posted a record of 19-17

Giants Notes

Kyle Harrison, a rising star with a 1-1 record and a 4.87 ERA across 20.1 innings pitched, has been chosen to take the mound for the Giants. Despite his relative inexperience, Harrison has demonstrated great potential by striking out 26 batters and maintaining a WHIP of 1.28. This game presents a significant opportunity for Harrison to showcase his skills and cement his role as a key player for the Giants in this series.

The Giants are entering the game on the back of an impressive winning streak, having secured victories in their last four outings, including a hard-fought 5-4 win against the Guardians in their most recent matchup. Wilmer Flores has been a standout performer for the team, boasting a .287 batting average and 22 home runs for the season. The Giants aim to extend their winning streak and strengthen their position in the series.

In terms of statistics, the Giants have been averaging 4.33 runs per game, slightly higher than the Guardians. However, their team ERA stands at 4.02, indicating room for improvement in their pitching. The team’s focus will be on maintaining their defensive stability while also enhancing their offensive production.

Giants Stats and Insights


  • Harrison’s team is 2-2-0 against the spread in his starts this season.
  • The left-hander gave up three earned runs in five innings pitched on Saturday in his last outing, a matchup with the Colorado Rockies.
  • Harrison has pitched five or more innings in three straight games and will look to extend that streak.
  • Harrison’s team is 2-0 this season when he starts and they’re favored on the moneyline.
  • Harrison’s team is 2-2 when he starts this season.
  • In games Harrison has started this season, the teams are 1-3-0 at hitting the over.


  • The Giants are 30-19 this season in games when they send out two or more long balls.
  • San Francisco is 17-8 in games this season when it has had five or more extra-base hits.
  • The club has totaled eight or more hits in 82 games this season, and is 55-27 in those contests.
  • San Francisco has a 45-18 record in games this season when it scored at least five runs.
  • The Giants have gone 21-14 in the 35 games this season when they have drawn at least five walks.

Final Thoughts/Pick

Although Allen has maintained his consistency as one of the Giants’ primary starters this season, he finds himself in a fierce battle alongside a desperate Giants team currently operating in must-win mode. The Giants have achieved a four-game winning streak leading up to Tuesday night’s matchup, and notably, they have emerged victorious in both of Harrison’s home starts this season, where he boasts an impressive 2.38 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 11.1 innings pitched. The Giants can rely on Harrison to carry them through the sixth inning before turning the game over to their bullpen, which should be more than capable of handling the Guardians, known for their light-hitting offense.

Cleveland, on the other hand, has struggled with a 3-7 record in their last ten games and appears to have conceded the AL Central Division race. Therefore, it’s reasonable to anticipate the Giants prevailing over the Guardians on Wednesday and securing the victory.

Our Pick: Take Giants and the Money Line

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