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Mike Clevinger Revenge Game: August 23rd, 2022

Written by Cartichoke

At last Tuesday, here we are. The best day to win money on sports, and today we have some value on the table. We are going to get this coin. Promise you that.

We have the Cleveland Guardians (64-56) first place in the AL Central taking on the San Diego Padres (68-56).

For the Padres, it hasn't been the most memorable season so far for them and that is pretty crazy to say especially for a team that is 12 games above .500. But recently they just found out that their franchise player and cornerstone of the franchise Fernando Tatis Jr. was just suspended the rest of the season for PEDs. Not to mention he has already missed the first half of the season because of a motorcycle accident. This is not something you want to see from a man you just paid $340 million. He was supposed to be paired with Machado and Soto, and would have had one of the scariest 3 headed dragons in the MLB. They even added the best closer in the game, Josh Hader who has been subpar to say the least.

But let’s just get into some gambling action here. Pitching for the Guardians is Aaron Civale, he is 2-5 on the season with 66 K’s, 5.63 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. Those stats don’t look menacing, but Civale has been stellar in the month of August. Through 2 games he is 0-0 with 14 K’s, a 2.70 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP. That is some stellar numbers there, aside from the lack of wins.

For the Padres is Mike Clevinger, and it will be a revenge game for Mike. As he played 4.5 seasons with the Guardians from 2016-2020. On the season Clevinger is 4-4 with 66 K’s just like Civale wow, and a 3.63 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. But looking at his August numbers, he hasn't been very sharp. Though he is 2-1, he posts a 4.29 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP and he has given up 4 walks each in the last two games.

The Padres just finished up a weekend 4-game series against the Nationals and their bats did not come out to play as they managed to score only 8 runs. I’m not sure if we should be panicking a bit or not, but that is something they need to figure out as September comes rolling around.

I like the Guardians in this matchup. If you look on paper the Padres have the much better looking team, but the Guardians are their division leader and they find ways to win games.

They are 7-2 in their last 9 interleague games. Give me the underdog Guardians tonight.

Pick: Guardians ML (+130) at Coolbet

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