Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Guardians 6/22/24

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Guardians 6/22/24 MLB Game Predictions, Picks, and Preview

Toronto Blue Jays (35-38) vs. Cleveland Guardians (44-26)


Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Guardians 6/22/24 – Toronto Blue Jays host Cleveland Guardians this Saturday for an intriguing mid-season encounter at Progressive Field. At 35-38, Toronto looks to end their sub.500 record while 44-26 Cleveland represents formidable opposition. Handicappers review today in matchup is pivotal moment as both teams push on through MLB season 2024.


The Blue Jays have shown resilience on the road with an impressive 20-17 record against the spread in away games, showing their resilience by maintaining an average team batting average of .233 while scoring 281 runs. Power hitting was relatively limited (60 homers). Their pitching staff boasts an ERA of 4.1, though will need to tighten up further in order to compete against the Guardians’ lineup.


The Cleveland Guardians stand in stark contrast, boasting both an improved win-loss record and team performance. Their batting average sits at .242, boasting an on-base percentage of .318, as a sign of better plate discipline; 341 total runs have been driven in while 76 home runs were hit courtesy of Cleveland pitchers who managed games more effectively with an 3.48 ERA/WHIP combination than opposing pitchers could.


Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Guardians 6/22/24 Game Info


When: Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 4:10 PM ET
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
Stream: MLB.TV


Jose Berrios (6-5 W-L, 3.13 ERA) vs. Ben Lively (6-3 W-L, 3.02 ERA)


Jose Berrios of the Toronto Blue Jays has proven dependable this season with his 6-5 record and 3.13 ERA. In 92 innings pitched he boasts an outstanding 1.12 WHIP that showcases his ability to limit baserunners while managing in-game pressure efficiently. He employs an effective mix of sharp curveball and sturdy fastball pitches in his approach, using them to deceive batters and amass 65 strikeouts in less than 90 innings pitched. Unfortunately, his proclivity for home runs (14 thus far allowed) highlights his susceptibility when facing powerful teams like the Guardians. Yet his experience and ability to pitch deep into games could prove crucial in protecting the Blue Jays bullpen by limiting exposure.


Ben Lively of the Cleveland Guardians boasts an improved statistical profile with his record being 6-1 and an ERA of 3.02. His performance over 59.2 innings pitched and 1.19 WHIP testifies to his ability to effectively manage hits and walks against an aggressive Blue Jays lineup that capitalized on mistakes. Lively’s arsenal, consisting of an effective fastball and deceptive changeup, has allowed him to hold opponents to a lower batting average and secure 52 strikeouts against them. Notably, Lively’s lower home run rate compared to Berrios could prove pivotal in an encounter that hinges heavily on long balls. As the game unfolds, Lively must maintain his form against high-pressure lineups to secure his Guardians defense strategy.


MLB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD


As betting lines have yet to be set, taking note of team trends and starting pitcher stats could help determine potential bets. Given their better record and pitching advantage, the Guardians might emerge as favorites in any potential bets.


Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends


The Blue Jays have experienced mixed success when it comes to betting trends. Although they went 3-2 against the spread in their last 5 games, their performance overall has been inconsistent and unpredictable – this makes betting on them risky due to unpredictable performance as well as Guardian’s strength.


Cleveland Guardians Betting Trends


The Guardians have shown resilience against the spread when playing away (22-18), suggesting they might put up an impressive showing against the Blue Jays at home as well.


Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Guardians 6/22/24 Betting Picks


Due to recent statistical analyses and trends, it appears as though Cleveland’s Guardians may be a safer bet – particularly with Ben Lively on their side pitching efficiently with lower ERA for Cleveland to give an advantage in close games.


For bettors looking at over/under and prop bets, consider the recent trend of both teams having games go over the totals. Given both teams’ ability to score and some vulnerabilities in the pitching staffs, an “over” bet might be advisable. Also, keep an eye on no-cost MLB daily predictions to get more insights as game day approaches.


Based on pitching matchup and home advantage, it is estimated that the Guardians should win this matchup with a score of 5-3. This would reflect their strong pitching matchup and more consistent batting performance, making them the optimal pick in this MLB showdown.


Free Pick and Prediction: Cleveland Guardians 5, Toronto Blue Jays 3. 


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