Home sweet home! A Friday night home opener between the Cleveland Guardians, and the San Francisco Giants, who both share (4-2) records after six games have concluded. The Guardians have been red hot and notched four straight victories.
How did we get there?
Well, despite running into two pitching duels by the (2-3) Kansas City Royals, and losing one in extra innings, Cleveland bounced back in an enormous way to even out the four-game set splitting the last two meetings at Kauffman Stadium. As the Guardians turned the corner, so did the run support as they tallied 17, 10, 10, and 7 runs for a total of 44. Cleveland has 45 runs in those six games, and they have squared up the baseball on 70 hits.
With that being said, Jose Ramirez has been just what the doctor ordered? Ramirez is off to a rousing start with 14 RBIs, 12 hits, 3 homers, and doubles, hitting .480, and an on-base percentage of .536. A slugging number of 1.040, and an ops of 1.576 in 25 at-bats. Yes, the surprises are just bittersweet for this club under manager Terry Francona. Steven Kwan leads Cleveland in batting with a .526 clip, 10 hits, eight walks, five RBIs. Therefore, the other five hundred-hitting star Owen Miller contributed with a .524 batting average, 11 hits, six RBIs, two home runs and eight runs scored.
Meanwhile, the Guardians are 23 for 70 with runners in scoring position at a 32.8% mark.
Will Zach Plesac get his first win of the season?
Plesac has surrendered three hits, struck out three, in 5.2 innings pitched and didn’t allow one run on the rubber.
On the flipside, Carlos Rodon will take the hill for the visiting Giants with a 1.80 ERA, five innings pitched and fanned 12 batters. Rodon has also allowed three hits, one run that was earned and issued two base on balls.
San Francisco has Brandon Belt and Joc Pederson to deal with. Belt is slugging at a .875 total hitting at a .438 clip and added two homers, three RBIs on seven hits with four runs scored. Pederson at a .308 average at the dish, four hits, two runs and an on-base percentage of four hundred, slugging at .538 and an OPS of .938. The Giants have touched all the bases for a total of 27 runs. However, in the run-scoring position department, the Giants are 9/37 and they have won the last two games at home against their NL West conference rivals the (4-3) San Diego Padres.
Can the Guardians seize victory at their home ballpark park in Progressive Field?
Will Cleveland win five straight games and continue their hot streak?
Are the Giants going to make it three straight and spoil the home opening night?
We shall all find out as the first pitch starts at 7:10 pm.