Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cleveland Guardians 8-23-2023

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cleveland Guardians 8/23/2023 Picks, Tips and Game Forecast

Los Angeles Dodgers (76-47) vs Cleveland Guardians (59-66)

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cleveland Guardians 8/23/2023 – Despite having similar batting averages, the Dodgers are significantly outscoring the Guardians. The LA Dodgers have a batting average of .248, with the Guardians just slightly behind at .246. However, the Dodgers consistently score more runs, averaging 5.7 runs per 9 innings, while the Guardians only manage to plate 4 runs. Furthermore, the Dodgers exhibit a considerably higher on-base percentage (OBP) of .336, in contrast to Cleveland’s .310.

 

In the previous season, the Guardians managed to secure victory in 2 out of 3 games against the Los Angeles team, and they have their sights set on repeating this success in the upcoming week. The Cleveland Guardians had a mixed performance last week, finishing with a 2-4 record. They divided the outcomes of a two-game road series against the Cincinnati Reds and suffered three losses out of four games against the Detroit Tigers at home. Throughout that four-game series against the Tigers, Cleveland struggled to put runs on the board, tallying ten runs. As a result, they now find themselves trailing the Minnesota Twins by six games in the AL Central division. For insights into potential outcomes, consider checking out the latest expert baseball picks.

Dodgers vs. Guardians Game Info

When: Wednesday, August 23, 2023 7:10 PM ET
Where: Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio
TV: BSGL
Stream: MLB.TV

Clayton Kershaw (11-4, ERA: 2.48) vs Xzavion Curry (3-1, ERA: 3.24)

Clayton Kershaw, boasting an impressive 11-4 record and a stellar ERA of 2.48, is the chosen pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Over the past two months, Kershaw’s performance has been outstanding, securing 5 wins and maintaining an exceptional ERA of 1.54. In his most recent encounter against the Brewers, he pitched for 5 innings, conceding only 1 earned run in a dominant 7-1 victory.

 

Taking the mound for the Cleveland Guardians will be Xzavion Curry, who aims to challenge the Dodgers’ lineup. Curry’s pitching stats are notable with a record of 3-1 and an ERA of 3.24. However, it’s worth mentioning that he hasn’t tasted victory since June 9th of this season, marking a period of over 2.5 months without a win. Despite this, his most recent performance was commendable, as he pitched a solid 6.0 innings, allowing just 1 earned run while striking out 6. This effort contributed to the Guardians’ 4-1 triumph.

 

MLB Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles Dodgers -210, Total Odds: 8.5

Enrique Hernandez, who has a 1-for-1 record with an RBI against Xzavion Curry, is the only one among the current Dodgers who has faced the Guardians’ right-handed pitcher before. The rest of the Dodgers lineup is unfamiliar with Curry’s pitching style. In the last ten days and over 180 plate appearances, the Dodgers have struggled with a lackluster .690 OPS and an 84 wRC+ when facing right-handed pitchers. Despite this, I remain hesitant to believe that Curry can outperform Clayton Kershaw on the mound.

 

Additionally, the Guardians have been struggling at the plate when facing left-handed pitchers, with a collective slash line of .209/.259/.276 over the last ten days and 143 plate appearances, resulting in a low 47 wRC+. In their history against Kershaw, they have managed 8 hits in 40 at-bats, including a home run, and have driven in three runs. Kershaw’s last appearance at Progressive Field was in 2017, where he secured a victory by pitching seven innings of two-run ball. Over his past seven starts since June 2, Kershaw has only given up six earned runs on 27 hits and ten walks, covering a span of 43 innings.

 

Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends

The Los Angeles Dodgers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 matches against Cleveland.
Total went OVER in 11 of LA Dodgers’ last 13 games on the road.
The total hung OVER in 4 of the Dodgers’ last 5 road games with the Guardians.
The Dodgers are 10-5 SU in their last 15 games against an opponent in the AL.

 

Cleveland Guardians Betting Trends

The total went OVER in 7 of Cleveland’s last 9 games with the LA Dodgers.
Total remained UNDER in 9 of Cleveland’s last 10 games at home.
The total hung OVER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games at home with the Dodgers.
Cleveland is 6-3 SU in their last 9 games against a National League opponent.

 

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cleveland Guardians 8/23/2023 Betting Picks

The Dodgers have been performing exceptionally well, winning 5 out of their last 6 series openers and securing victory in 7 out of their last 8 games with a lead of multiple runs. The total score exceeded expectations in 10 of their recent 12 away games. During the latter part of the first half, the Guardians achieved a solid .744 OPS across 20 games, scoring an average of 5.31 runs per game, supported by an impressive .802 OPS in the initial 13games following the break. However, their offensive performance has since declined, with a disappointing .555 OPS.

 

Despite having a win-loss record that’s 7 games below .500, the Guardians maintain legitimate hopes of making it to the playoffs. They trail the first-place Minnesota team in the AL Central by only 6 games. Despite losing 4 of their last 5 matches, they remain competitive due to a recent slump from the Minnesota side. With Kershaw’s outstanding recent performance, the Guardians must be well-prepared at the plate. On the opposing side, Curry delivered an exceptional performance in his previous outing, suggesting he will likely produce another outstanding pitching display in this closely contested match with few runs expected. For deeper insights, consider exploring exclusive sports picks.

Free Pick and Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4.

 

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