Free MLB Picks Today: Arizona Diamondbacks vs Cleveland Guardians 6/18/23

Free MLB Picks Today: Arizona Diamondbacks vs Cleveland Guardians 6/18/23
Sun 18th June 2023

The Cleveland Guardians (32-38) are on the road to face the Arizona Diamondbacks (43-28) at Chase Field on Sunday with the home team eyeing a sweep of the three-game Interleague series.

The Diamondbacks lead the series 2-0 after winning 6-3 on Saturday. Reliever Miguel Castro was credited with the win after throwing 0.1 scoreless innings, and Scott McGough threw 0.2 scoreless innings to earn his third save.

Christian Walker went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs in the win. Jake McCarthy added a solo home run. Steven Kwan was 4 for 5 with one run for the Guardians. Andres Gimenez added a home run and two RBIs.

ON THE MOUND

Tanner Bibee (2-2, 3.91 ERA) is slated to get the start for Cleveland. The righty allowed six runs over four innings in his last start, a 6-3 home defeat against the Padres on Tuesday.

He was charged with the loss, giving up eight hits while striking out three and walking two. Righty Zach Davies (1-2, 5.46 ERA) will take the mound for Arizona. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Guardians.

Davies made one start against the Guardians in 2022, throwing two innings in a 6-5 road defeat on August 1. He gave up three hits and walked two while striking out one in the no-decision.

In his last start on Tuesday, Davies took the loss at home against the Phillies. He threw three innings and gave up six runs (4 ER) on six hits, striking out four and walking three in the 15-3 defeat.

AT THE PLATE

Over the last five games, Cleveland has averaged 3.0 runs a game, a small drop compared to their season average of 3.8. Against right-handed pitchers like Davies this season, the Guardians have a .669 OPS, the fifth lowest in MLB.

Jose Ramirez is the team’s most productive hitter against right-handers with a .942 OPS in 178 at-bats. Arizona is averaging only 4.2 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 5.2 for the season.

The D-backs have a .780 OPS against right-handers in 2023, the third highest in the league. With a 1.068 OPS over 173 at-bats, Corbin Carroll has been their best hitter against right-handers.

HOME AND AWAY

Cleveland is 16-21 in away games in 2023, scoring 4.1 runs per game while allowing 4.5 runs. Arizona has gone 23-17 at home this season, averaging 4.8 runs per game while surrendering 4.4. Arizona is 7-3 in the last 10 games at Chase Field between the teams with an average scoreline of 5.4-4.0.

STANDINGS UPDATE

The Guardians are second in the AL Central, three games behind the division-leading Twins. The Diamondbacks lead the NL West by four games over the Dodgers.

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Arizona D-Backs (-105)

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