Cincinnati Reds vs Cleveland Guardians 3-18-22

Cincinnati Reds vs Cleveland Guardians 3/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Cincinnati Reds vs Cleveland Guardians 3/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Cincinnati Reds will go against the Cleveland Guardians in MLB action in Goodyear Ballpark Goodyear, AZ, on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 4:05 PM ET.

 

The lockout is gone, and now it’s time for a frenzy of activity as teams hurry to get ready for Spring Training. The Reds are one of the teams with a lot of unfinished business. Before the long break, Cincinnati made some unpopular moves in an effort to cut costs; moves that left general manager Nick Krall with some gaps to fill.

 

The Reds traded veteran catcher Tucker Barnhart to the Tigers on November 3 in exchange for Minor League 3B Nick Quintana, forcing Cincinnati to rely on rookie Tyler Stephenson as its regular catcher.

 

The Angels acquired reliever Michael Lorenzen to a one-year, $6.75 million contract. If the Reds don’t want to go with Tyler Naquin and Aristides Aquino, they could add a right fielder.

 

With Lorenzen, Givens, and Tejay Antone (who is recuperating from Tommy John surgery) out of the bullpen, acquiring quality relievers and possibly a closer-type arm would be beneficial.

 

  • The total went Over in 4-0-1 of the Reds’ last 5 road matches with the total set at 11.0 or higher.
  • The total went Under in 4-0 of the Reds’ last 4 matches with the total set at 6.5 or lower.
  • The Reds are 0-4 in their last 4 matches as an underdog.

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Cincinnati Reds vs Cleveland Guardians Predictions 3/18/2022

 

Through November, Cleveland made a flurry of changes bringing 11 prospects to the 40-man roster. However, because they did not execute any external trades before their plans halted, the club still has a lot of work to do for the 2022 season.

 

Before the lockout, the Guardians made only two modest trades, acquiring Minor League right-hander Tobias Myers from Tampa Bay and acquiring free-agent backstop Sandy León.

 

The Guardians also acquired SS José Tena, OF George Valera, LHP Konnor Pilkington, OF Steven Kwan, C Bryan Lavastida, 3B Jhonkensy Noel, SS Brayan Rocchio, SS Richie Palacios, SS Tyler Freeman, and RHP Cody Morris to their roster.

 

The Guardians designated seven players for the task to clear the necessary space for all of their opportunities, including OF Daniel Johnson (outrighted to Triple-A), OF Harold Ramirez (traded to the Cubs), RHP J.C. Mejia (traded to the Brewers), RHP Kyle Nelson (declared off waivers by the D-backs), LHP Scott Moss (claimed off waivers by the Phillies), RHP Justin Garza (outrighted to Triple-A).

 

  • The total went Over in 4-0 of the Guardians’ last 4 matches during game 1 of a series.
  • The Guardians are 1-6 in their last 7 home matches with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
  • Cleveland is 1-5 in their last 6 Friday matches.

Cincinnati Reds vs Cleveland Guardians. The MLB pick for this game is the Cleveland Guardians. This is where we may learn a great deal about the Reds’ plans for 2022.

 

Because of their club-friendly contracts, two crucial rotation members — Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray — were the subject of trade speculations throughout November. Castillo, in particular, could bring in a lot of Major League-ready young talent, but trading him would signify that the Reds are in the midst of a rebuilding process.

 

The Guardians’ most pressing need is to fill their corner outfield spots. The squad could also use some catching depth, first-base aid, and relief pitching. But it’s evident that sorting out the outfield and finding pieces that can breathe new life into the offense is the first concern.

 

Their farm system has a lot of middle infielders, so they can use trade components to get offensive help. The Cleveland Guardians will win to a predicted score of 6-3.

 

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MLB Starting Time: 4:05 PM (EDT)

 

Location: Goodyear Ballpark Goodyear, AZ

 

Date: Friday, March 18, 2022

 

TV: BSOH

 

MLB Odds: Cleveland Guardians -118

 

MLB Totals: 8.5

 

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