Cleveland Guardians vs. Atlanta Braves Betting Preview

04 / 26 / 2024 By Ally Mielnicki

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The Cleveland Guardians (18-7) will kick off a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (17-6) on Friday, April 28 at 7:20 PM ET. ZenSports Tennessee sportsbook has the Braves as moderate favorites with a moneyline at -220.

When: April 28, 2024 at 7:20 PM ET

Where: Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia

Watch: MLB.TV

Cleveland Guardians Preview

The Guardians have found success in four out of their last five matchups. Their most recent battle was a 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox, where Jose Ramirez landed a grand slam to help push them over the top. 

Logan Allen (3-0) will get the start on the mound and put his talent to the test. In 26.2 innings pitched, he has averaged an ERA of 5.06 and a WHIP at 1.39, which makes him a solid threat.

Steven Kwan leads their offense with a batting average at .342. He finds himself on base with a percentage at .382 and has a solid slugging percentage at .452, showing he can help push along their offense.

The Guardians are good at the plate with a batting average at .253. They also feature an on base percentage at .324 and a slugging percentage at .406, which could be a bit lacking in comparison to the Braves.

Their defense allows their opponents to bat .229 at the plate, which is a good start. They also have a team ERA at 3.19 and could help them keep the Braves offense down.

Atlanta Braves Preview

The Braves have won their last three games and swept the Miami Marlins in their last series. Their latest victory was a 4-3 outing in the 10th inning, where Michael Harris II landed a double to push Ronald Acuna Jr. home.

They will start Chris Sale (2-1) on the mound for Game 1. He currently has an ERA at 4.38 and a WHIP at 1.05 in 24.2 innings pitched. This shows he has a slight edge over Allen and the Guardians.

Marcell Ozuna continues to lead their offense in a variety of areas, making him valuable to the team. He has a batting average at .344, nine home runs, and 29 RBIs. He also boasts an on base percentage at .416 and a heavy slugging percentage at .678.

The Braves put up a .283 batting average, reflecting their ability to lead at the plate. Their on base percentage stands at .355, accompanied by a robust slugging percentage of .468 to show they have a good chance to provide a healthy offense each game.

Opposing teams hit an average of .236 against them, showcasing their defensive prowess. They have a team ERA of 3.80, which has improved since their last series.

Betting Odds

ZenSports Tennessee sportsbook offers excellent MLB betting opportunities. The Atlanta Braves are favored to win, with market insights revealing they have a 62.3 percent chance of success.

Cleveland Guardians: +169

Run Line: +1.5 (-124)

Atlanta Braves: -220

Run Line: -1.5 (-103)

Total Runs: Over 8.5 (-109), Under 8.5 (-117)

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