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#973 San Diego Padres vs.
#974 Cleveland Guardians
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 1:10pm EDT
Written by Adam Rauzino

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(This game was postponed on Tuesday and moved to Wednesday as the first game of a doubleheader)

The San Diego Padres (15-8, 15-8 RL, 10-13 O/U) battle the Cleveland Guardians (10-12, 11-11 RL, 12-10 O/U) in the first of a three-game interleague series on Wednesday. The Padres will have Mike Clevinger make his season debut. It will be Zach Plesac looking to rebound from a poor outing for the Guardians. This is the first meeting since the 2017 season.

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Clevinger Finally Makes Return to MLB Action

Mike Clevinger will make his season debut in this one. Clevinger had not pitched since 2020 due to Tommy John surgery and a knee sprain. The veteran right-hander is a talented pitcher with the stuff of an ace. He recorded a stifling 2.71 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in the 2019 season as a member of Cleveland and only made four starts with the Padres in 2020 where he amassed a 3.18 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP before sustaining injury. He likely will be on a limited pitch count.

San Diego continues to win and appears motivated after a disastrous season half last year. They have collected two straight series victories after sweeping the Reds and taking two of three in Pittsburgh on the weekend. They stand at 5-1 on the current road trip.

The Padres are pleased to see Jake Cronenworth heat up. The 28-year-old has seven RBIs in his last six games after slumping the first few weeks. Cronenworth is only hitting .214 but now has 13 RBIs and a poor .694 OPS on the season. Will Myers, Tatis Jr, and Luke Voit remain on the IL.

San Diego is averaging a stellar 4.73 runs, good for sixth in the big leagues. The pitching staff enters with a 3.58 team ERA, placing them 15th overall.

Plesac Seeks Rebound After Poor Start

The Guardians will have Zach Plesac on the mound for the fifth time of the year on Tuesday. Plesac was clobbered in his previous effort, serving up seven runs (six earned) in 3.2 innings against the Angels, and was tagged with the loss to fall to 1-2. The young right-hander was outstanding in his first three outings and is sporting a respectable 3.80 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 21.1 innings pitched on the season. This marks his first career meeting against the Padres.

Cleveland has rebounded nicely from an ugly seven-game slide by earning a road sweep in Oakland. They were able to outscore the A’s by a wide 19-12 margin. The offense has been surprisingly productive so far, ranking in the top 10 in many categories highlighted by a .251 team batting average.

Jose Ramirez has been the best hitter in the big leagues so far. The 29-year-old slugger just signed a huge contract extension as the season began. Ramirez is hitting .341 with a remarkable 28 RBIs accompanied by a dazzling 1.1 OPS. Ramirez is 6 for 13 in his career against the Padres.

The Guardians are currently posting an average of 4.49 runs, tabbing them 11th in the big leagues. The pitching staff has fielded a 3.91 team ERA, landing them 21st.

Best Bets for this Game

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The Padres are playing well but half of its games were against inferior competition in the Diamondbacks, Reds, and Pirates. The Guardians aren’t a huge contender but are a step up in competition. They rank in the top 10 in many hitting categories and have great starting pitching. Guardians’ starter Zach Plesac has limited his opponent to two or fewer runs in three of his four starts this season.

Furthermore, the Guardians should be able to generate offense against former Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger. He is a good pitcher but is making his season debut and first start since 2020. Clevinger is going to be on a pitch count as well. 

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Prediction: Cleveland Guardians +115

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Scoring will be at a premium in this one. The Padres' offense has been inflated by playing the Reds six times. Cleveland has a good pitching staff that has allowed three or fewer runs in three consecutive home games. 

Also, the Guardians haven’t been scoring many runs as of late. They have plated four or fewer runs in seven out of their last ten games. Also, consider these foes have strong bullpens. The under is 5-2 in the Guardians’ last seven home games against a right-handed starter.

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Prediction: Under 7.5
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Written By Adam Rauzino , "Adam Rauzino"

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