Jun 11, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Seth Brown (15) and shortstop Elvis Andrus (17) celebrate after Brown hit a grand slam during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
- The Athletics and Guardians finish up a four-game set on Sunday morning
- It’s Cole Irvin vs Cal Quantrill on the mound
- the Athletics vs Guardians odds, preview, and picks can be found below
The lowly Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Guardians will meet on Sunday morning at 11:35 AM ET for the finale of a four-game series at Progressive Field. This will be the eighth contest of the season between these two teams so far.
The A’s send Cole Irvin to the bump, while the Guardians turn to Cal Quantrill.
Athletics vs Guardians Odds
|Oakland Athletics||+140||+1.5 (-160)||Ov 8 (-110)|
|Cleveland Guardians||-160||-1.5 (+140)||Un 8 (-110)|
Odds as of June 10th at Caesars Sportsbook
The Guardians are a clear -160 favorite here with Quantrill starting.
Athletics vs Guardians Probable Pitchers
The A’s have been atrocious this season after essentially cleaning house in the winter. However, Irvin is actually proving to be one of their few bright spots. The 28-year-old owns an impressive 3.00 ERA through nine starts while going 2-2. He’s also shown solid command, walking only 12 hitters in 51.0 innings of work.
Last time out, the former Oregon standout tossed seven frames against the Braves, surrendering just two earned runs, which both came via the home run. Irvin hasn’t allowed more than two runs in a single outing since his first start of the season.
Cole Irvin K’s Matt Olson with 94 cheddar 🧀pic.twitter.com/P4R1xaStDV
— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) June 8, 2022
Also, Irvin already faced the Guardians in April and absolutely diced, tossing six innings of one-run baseball. His only other appearance against Cleveland was in relief where Irvin fared well, too.
Irvin vs Quantrill
Quantrill meanwhile is also enjoying a respectable campaign for the Guardians. The Canadian is 3-3 with a 3.56 ERA through 10 starts, posting a 1.20 WHIP. He does tend to keep his defense relatively busy but Quantrill has struggled with his control at certain moments. He’s given up 20 free passes in 60.2 innings while striking out a mere 36. However, the righty has pitched at least six innings in eight-straight outings. Even if Quantrill gets into trouble, he tends to work his way out of it.
— Bally Sports Cleveland (@BallySportsCLE) June 7, 2022
The ex-Stanford ace tossed seven frames of three-run baseball on June 7th against the Rangers, allowing two long balls. He did manage to secure the win, though. In two appearances vs. Oakland, Quantrill boasts a 2.45 ERA.
Athletics End Losing Streak on Saturday
Oakland was looking at their 11th loss in a row on Saturday until a big seventh inning broke things open. A Josh Naylor error allowed a run to score, then Seth Brown came up and smacked a grand slam to cap off a five-run frame.
Seth Brown clears the bases and gives the A’s the lead!!! pic.twitter.com/l53vhayiuO
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 11, 2022
While the victory will certainly make the Athletics feel better, they’ve struggled immensely versus the Guardians. Coming into Sunday’s finale, Oakland has dropped five of their last six against Cleveland. On the year, the A’s are now 21-40, which is one of the worst records in baseball.
Cleveland Tries to Keep Pace in AL Central
Aside from blowing a three-run lead on Saturday, the Guardians are playing well. They’re also relying heavily on Jose Ramirez, who’s top-five in the AL MVP odds. Terry Francona’s squad has won four of their previous six contests and already captured the first two games of this series. The loss in Game 3 was very unlike Cleveland though as their usually reliable bullpen collapsed.
Yesterday: José Ramírez’s home run sparks game-winning rally in 9th.
Today: José Ramírez’s hustle sparks go-ahead rally in 4th.
— Bally Sports Cleveland (@BallySportsCLE) June 11, 2022
After Zach Plesac exited, the Guardians’ relievers proceeded to give up four homers to the Athletics. That being said, Cleveland does play much better at home, going 15-10 as opposed to 13-17 on the road. That’s a good sign ahead of Sunday’s matchup.
Athletics vs Guardians – Last 10 Games
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Athletics vs Guardians Prediction
Although Quantrill tends to pitch well against Oakland, I have to ride the visitors here. They were absolutely raking on Saturday and proceeded to go deep four times. Hitting is contagious and the A’s got a taste of winning again. Plus, Irvin is also one of their better arms. Take the underdog.
Pick: Athletics +140
Quinn Allen is a sports journalist, with a background and education in broadcast journalism (BCIT ’17). He is a full-time associate editor at ClutchPoints by day, where he writes about soccer, baseball, basketball, football, and more. At night, Quinn is a frequent contributor at SBD.