Guardians vs Rockies Prediction MLB Picks for Today 4/24

Guardians vs Rockies Prediction MLB Picks for Today 4/24

© Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

 

Preview

The Cleveland Guardians are set to host the Colorado Rockies on April 24, 2023, in what promises to be an exciting matchup between two teams with different fortunes in the league so far. As an MLB expert, I will provide a detailed analysis of both teams, including pitching, batting, and injuries, to help bettors make their MLB picks for today. Additionally, I will predict the outcome of the game and explain why the Guardians are most likely to win.

 

Pitching Analysis

The Rockies are expected to start Austin Gomber, a left-handed pitcher with a 0-4 record and a 12.12 ERA. Gomber has struggled mightily in his four starts this season, allowing 26 hits, 5 home runs, and 9 walks in just 16.1 innings pitched. His WHIP of 2.14 is the second-highest in the league among starting pitchers, while his ERA is the highest.

On the other hand, the Guardians will counter with Cal Quantrill, a right-handed pitcher with a 1-1 record and a 4.15 ERA. Quantrill has been decent in his four starts, allowing 25 hits, 2 home runs, and 6 walks in 21.2 innings pitched. His WHIP of 1.43 is respectable, while his ERA is slightly above average.

Overall, the Guardians have the advantage in pitching, as Quantrill has been more consistent and reliable than Gomber. However, the Guardians bullpen has been inconsistent this season, ranking 19th in ERA and 24th in WHIP, which could be a concern if Quantrill fails to pitch deep into the game.

 

Batting Analysis

The Rockies' offense has struggled this season, ranking 23rd in batting average, 21st in runs scored, and 19th in home runs. However, they have a few players who have been performing well, including C.J. Cron, who leads the team in home runs with 5, and Elias Diaz, who has a batting average of .333.

On the other hand, the Guardians' offense has been even worse, ranking 26th in batting average, 28th in runs scored, and 30th in home runs. Jose Ramirez has been the only bright spot, leading the team in batting average (.267) and runs batted in (16).

Overall, the Rockies have the advantage in batting, but not by much. The Guardians' offense has been struggling, but they have a few players who are capable of turning things around, while the Rockies' offense has been inconsistent and lacks depth.

 

Injury Analysis

Both teams have a few players who are either on the injured list or day-to-day. For the Rockies, Randal Grichuk is on the 10-day injured list, while Kris Bryant is day-to-day. For the Guardians, Wuilfredo Antunez is day-to-day, Daniel Espino is day-to-day, and Triston McKenzie is on the 60-day injured list.

While injuries can play a significant role in the outcome of the game, none of the players on either team are essential enough to tip the scales in favor of one team over the other.

 

Prediction: 

After analyzing both teams' pitching, batting, and injuries, I predict that the Cleveland Guardians will win the game. While the Rockies have the advantage in batting, their pitching has been abysmal, and Gomber has been one of the worst pitchers in the league this season. The Guardians' offense has been struggling, but Quantrill has been solid, and he should be able to keep the Rockies' offense in check. Additionally, the Guardians' bullpen has been inconsistent, but they have a few reliable arms that should be able to close out the game if needed.

Furthermore, the game is being played at Progressive Field, which gives the Guardians a slight home field advantage. While they haven't been great at home this season, with a 3-6 record, they should have the edge over a Rockies team that has struggled on the road, with a 3-10 record.

Overall, while the Rockies have some players who are capable of putting up big numbers, their pitching has been too poor to overcome their offensive deficiencies. The Guardians, on the other hand, have a more well-rounded team, with solid pitching and a few key players on offense who are capable of making a difference. Therefore, I predict that the Cleveland Guardians will win the game by a score of 5-3.

 

Pick: Guardians -1.5

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