D’Backs Look to Rebound
The Arizona Diamondbacks were close to winning the first game against the Cleveland Guardians on Monday night when they went into extra innings. However, the bullpen couldn’t hold off the Guardians in extra innings after taking the lead in the 10th.
With their only lead coming in the 10th inning of Monday’s game against the Guardians, they need to shut Cleveland down before getting into the later innings. Can Zac Gallen (5-2 3.24 ERA) be the answer the Diamondbacks need in this game?
Gallen Goes for Arizona
The Arizona Diamondbacks have a solid starting pitcher with Gallen on the mound. His last two starts have seen him pitch 12 innings while allowing five hits and one earned run. He also struck out 12 batters, giving him a strikeout-per-inning average.
With his fastball spin ranking in the 90th percentile of MLB pitchers, it’s the pitch he relies on the most. He’s also good at making batters chase his other pitches, which puts him in the 74th percentile of MLB with his chase rate.
While he’s showing his tools on the mound, he’ll need his bullpen and offense to help back him up in this game. Gallen had 12 games go to no-decisions, with six of those games seeing him allow one run or less in those starts.
That means Ketel Marte and Christian Walker need to put their bats to work to help their starting pitcher get his sixth win and overcome the MLB lines that have them as underdogs.
Guardians in Heated Division Race
The Cleveland Guardians have their eyes set on making it to the postseason. Sitting only one game behind in the AL Central, every game counts.
Their offense struck first against the Diamondbacks in Monday’s game and will need to strike first again in this game. The Guardians’ offense has shown some good contact in their last 10 games, sporting a .268 batting average with 10 home runs and 47 runs scored.
Stealing bases is also something that has helped the Guardians in those 10 games, as the team has 11 steals during that span. These things help throw off the pitchers they face, which lead to mistakes they take advantage of in games. It’s also helped make them a favorite in the MLB spreads in this game.
D’Backs vs Guardians Head-to-Head
The Arizona Diamondbacks have only faced the Cleveland Guardians 20 times since interleague play began. They are 10-10 against them, with them sweeping the Guardians in their prior series in 2017.
The Guardians have only won two series against the Diamondbacks and tied their 2014 season series at 2-2.
D’Backs vs Guardians Game Information
- Game: D’Backs (45-57) vs Guardians (53-49)
- Location: Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
- Day/Time: Tuesday, August 2, 7:10 p.m. ET
- D’Backs vs Guardians Live Stream: MLB.tv
D’Backs vs Guardians Betting Lines
Z. Gallen -R
|+1½ -190||+122||7½ -115o||3½ -110o
T. McKenzie -R
|-1½ +160||-132||7½ -105u||3½ -130o
D’Backs vs Guardians Prediction
The Arizona Diamondbacks are slight underdogs, with the Las Vegas odds giving them +122 on the moneyline.
While they have that losing streak bogging them down, they have the right guy to change that situation. But the Cleveland Guardians won’t make it easy with Triston McKenzie (7-7 3.24 ERA) starting for them.
While McKenzie had a solid July, he finished the month on a sour note, losing to the Boston Red Sox after going seven innings and allowing four runs. The Diamondbacks’ offense can take advantage of that loss and get to him early.
Despite the losing streak, people betting online and making MLB picks and parlays should take the Diamondbacks on the moneyline and trust in Gallen and his offense.
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