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MLB expert and handicapper Jason Radowitz is here with his prediction and best bet for Saturday's Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Guardians clash in the second of a three-game series in Oakland this weekend. Can Jose Ramirez stay hot?

Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Guardians Prediction: Will the Athletics Put Up a Goose Egg Today?

The Oakland Athletics are 10-10 despite having the lowest payroll in the MLB. The Athletics don't buy in all that often but still find a way to remain competitive, despite what the fans think.

Tonight, the Athletics will test their luck against one of the best pitchers in baseball when they go up against the Guardians on Saturday. Can Oakland get back to over .500 tonight? Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Saturday's game between the Cleveland Guardians and Oakland Athletics.

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Athletics vs. Guardians Start Time and Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: April 30, 2022
  • Game Time: 4:07 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: NBCSCA, BSGL

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Athletics vs. Guardians Injury Report


Questionable: OF Steven Kwan (Hamstring), 3B Yu Chang (Illness)


Out: C Stephen Vogt (Knee), OF Ramon Laureano (Suspension)

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Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Guardians Prediction

The Cleveland Guardians will send out Shane Bieber for his fifth start of the season. Bieber has allowed seven earned runs in 22.1 innings pitched. He's also struck out 22 while walking just five through four games.

The right-hander still has a 4.12 xFIP but is striking out 25.6% of batters while walking just 4.7% of batters. Power to righties has been a bit high with righties having an ISO of .204 in 57 plate appearances on the season.

However, the Athletics don't have consistent righties against righties in the lineup. The only two major threats that have been consistent against righties are Jed Lowrie and Seth Brown. Of course, Sean Murphy has potential but agaisnt righties, he's struggled miserably.

The Athletics have a .132 ISO and wOBA of .296 against righties this season with 44.2% ground balls. Bieber should have a field day today.

On the other hand, Cole Irvin will take the mound for the Athletics. The left-hander has a 4.91 xFIP and has struggled to earn many strikeouts. Irvin, like Bieber, is allowing power from righties at a bit of a higher rate, with a .212 ISO. Lefties also have a .167 ISO, which is about average.

The Guardians' lineup isn't all that better but they have more threats going up against a weaker pitcher. The Guardians have Jose Ramirez, Own Miller, and Josh Naylor, who have all hit lefties at a very high rate throughout the start of the season.

I'll take my chances with the Guardians and Bieber in the first five innings.

Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Guardians Pick

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Article Author


Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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