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Guardians Pick against the Yankees in Nightcap of the Doubleheader

The New York Yankees look to get back on track on Saturday with a day-night doubleheader with the Cleveland Guardians, and the late game is looking like one of the best bets in MLB today. The teams were rained out of their series opener on Friday, causing them to play an early game on Saturday before the regularly scheduled nightcap.

New York enters the series coming off a loss after winning four in a row. The Yankees will have righty Cody Poteet making his season debut, getting called up from Triple A when scheduled starter Clarke Schmidt was needed for the opener. This will be the 29-year-old’s first appearance in the majors since 2022 with the Marlins before undergoing Tommy John surgery that August.

Guardians Pick against the Yankees in Nightcap of the Doubleheader
Guardians Pick against the Yankees in Nightcap of the Doubleheader Guardians Pick against the Yankees in Nightcap of the Doubleheader

Cleveland will have right-hander Triston McKenzie on the mound for his third start. McKenzie is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA after a solid outing in his last start, going 5⅔ shutout innings against the Chicago White Sox on Monday.


Yankees vs Guardians Game Information

  • Game: Yankees (10-3) vs Guardians (9-3)
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 6:10 p.m. ET
  • Location: Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
  • Yankees vs Guardians Live Stream: MLB.tv


This weekend’s three-game series is the first of only two times the Yankees and Guardians are scheduled to face each other. The second series is scheduled for August in New York. The Yankees won the 2023 season series, 4-2, winning two of the three games played in Cleveland.

The MLB lines for the second game of the series have the Guardians listed at -112 on the moneyline, while the Yankees are at +102. On the run line, you can get New York +1½ runs at -200, with Cleveland getting +170 odds when giving 1½ runs. The over/under for the nightcap has been set at 8½ runs, with the under getting -120 and the over at even odds.

First pitch for this contest is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. ET, and you can watch it live on MLB.com.


Yankees vs Guardians Odds and Spreads


  • New York is 4-0 in its last four games as an underdog.
  • Cleveland is 1-4 in McKenzie’s last five starts on grass.
  • The under is 5-1 in the Yankees’ last six second games of a doubleheader.
  • The over is 13-3 in McKenzie’s last 16 Saturday starts.
  • The Guardians are 2-11 in their last 13 second games of a doubleheader.
  • New York is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games vs Cleveland.
  • The under is 5-1 in the Yankees’ last six games vs a team with a winning record.
  • Cleveland is 8-4 ATS this season.


Yankees vs Guardians Over/Under Pick: Over 8½ (Ev)

One of your MLB bet picks today should be on the over in the second game of the doubleheader, as these teams are averaging over 10 runs between them. Having a pitcher like Poteet, after such a long layoff from major league action, is going to be trouble for the Yankees. Cleveland averages 5.75 runs per game and is playing at home.

Guardians outfielder Steven Kwan has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball, ranking second in the majors with a .386 batting average. Kwan went 7-for-14 in a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox this week, with a home run, an RBI and three runs scored. Kwan should have more of the same against the Yankees in this one.



Yankees vs Guardians Moneyline Pick: Guardians (-112)

In this battle of the teams with the top records in baseball, pitching is going to be important, and Cleveland should have the edge in that category. McKenzie is coming off a gem and should be able to keep the Yankees’ offense at bay in this one. When you’re doing your MLB betting, going with a proven starter is always a good idea.

The 29-year-old Poteet has a record of 2-4 with a 4.45 ERA in 19 career MLB appearances, nine of them starts. He doesn’t have a lot of experience at this level and is making his season debut in one of the biggest games on the MLB schedule today. The edge in pitching is the reason the Guardians are one of our MLB picks for Saturday.



Yankees vs Guardians Prop Pick: Cleveland Race To Two Runs (-110)

As we’ve talked about, the Guardians are the favorite in this game due to the difference in starting pitching. Because of that, we like Cleveland to get on the scoreboard a couple of times before New York does in this game. McKenzie should keep the Yankees at bay for a bit, making the Guardians winning the race to two runs one of your best bets in MLB today.



Yankees vs Guardians Prediction

Cleveland Guardians 6, New York Yankees 4



Questions of the Day

Is this the first series the Yankees and Guardians have played against each other this season?

This weekend’s three-game series is the first time New York and Cleveland have played this season, with their second matchup coming in August.

Who won the season series between the Yankees and Guardians in 2023?

New York won the season series with Cleveland in 2023, 4-2, winning two of three in each of the three-game series played between the clubs.

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