MLB Best Bet For September 18, 2023 | Guardians vs. Royals

We were in desperate need for a new week to arrive, because we were sooooo done with last week. Sunday put us at 1-2 once again, leaving us with a 7-14 mark and severely in the hole had we been making $10 wagers on each pick. We got off to a fast start last week, before the collapse, and hopefully we can duplicate that again this week with Cleveland (72-78) and Kansas City (48-102)

August 28 – September 39-12$-42.61
September 4 – 1010-8$19.85
September 11-177-14$-47.30

The Pitchers

Cleveland’s Cal Quantrill (5-4, 3.60 ERA) has led the Guardians to a win twice in his last five outings. During that span he’s allowing opponents an average of 2.8 earned runs per game.

Kansas City is going to look to Brady Singer to try and take the first game of this series. Like Quantrill, the Royals have won just twice in the last five times Singer has appeared on the mound. He’s allowed an average of 4.40 earned runs per game during that span.

The Lineups

Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor are the sparkplugs for Cleveland’s offense. Ramirez leads the team in home runs (24) and in batting average (.278). Naylor paces the Guardians with 91 RBI. Cleveland has scored 31 runs in its last five games.

The Kansas City offense goes as Bobby Witt Jr. goes. He leads the Royals in home runs (29), batting average (278), and RBI (90). Over the last five games Kansas City has scored 33 runs.

The Streaks

Cleveland comes into this series having won three games in a row. The Royals lost the series finale with Huston on Sunday, ending a four-game winning streak.

The Odds

Guardians -1.5

Guardians -130 on the moneyline

O/U 9.5

Cleveland has a good pitching advantage here but both offenses have been really hot. I’m taking the Guardians on the moneyline but, because of the way these two are swinging the bats, I’m taking Kansas City at +1.5 and I’m picking the over.

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