Washington Nationals @ Cleveland Guardians 5/31/24 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Washington Nationals (26-29) at Cleveland Guardians (37-19)

Game Info: Friday, May 31st, 2024 at  7:10 p.m. EST (Progressive Field)

Betting Odds: Guardians -1.5 (-115) - Over/Under (7.5)

Pick: Guardians -1.5 (-115)

The Cleveland Guardians and the Washington Nationals will play the first game of their three game weekend series here on Friday night at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland. Both teams come into this game looking to open the series on a successful note here on Friday. Cleveland is coming off of a series loss against the Colorado Rockies, and the Washington Nationals are coming off of a series against the Atlanta Braves, so both teams will need a momentum boosting victory here in this one. This will be a pivotal game one here on Friday night in Cleveland. 

The Washington Nationals are in the middle of another rough season and that is a trend that has been ongoing since they lifted the World Series title several seasons ago. It doesn’t not seem like they will turn it around anytime soon at their current rate. They come into this game under .500 throughout the first two months of the season, and they will look to get things going throughout the weekend on the road against Cleveland. Washington comes into this game sitting in the bottom half of the National League East, as the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves continue to create distance as the season progresses.

 If Washington can capitalize off their four game series with the Atlanta Braves it would be a massive momentum boost for them coming into Cleveland over the weekend. It will be important for the Nationals to string some victories together if they want to re-establish themselves as a potential playoff contender this season. Starting this game for the Washington Nationals on Friday night will be Patrick Corbin, and although he is usually dependable, it has been a rough start to the season for him. As he comes into this game with a record of 1-5 on the year, with an Earned Run Average of 6.12 at the moment. 

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The Cleveland Guardians have been great throughout the early part of the season, but they are coming off of a series loss to the Colorado Rockies on the road in Denver. They will need to pick up a victory in the opening game of this series on Friday night to get back on track and find their way into the win column. They will also be looking to extend their lead in the American League Central over the Kansas City Royals. Cleveland comes into this game holding a respectable lead over the Royals, and despite losing a series to Colorado, they have still won eight out of their last ten on the year. 

They had the day off on Thursday so they should be rested and ready to go back home here on Friday night. Getting the baseball for Cleveland in the opening game of the series will be Tanner Bibee who is off to a pretty stellar start this season. As he comes into this game with three wins and only a single loss on his record. He will look to pick up his fourth victory of the young season here on Friday night. This is a Cleveland offense that has been scoring plenty of runs, and they will look to maintain that production throughout this weekend series at home against the Washington Nationals.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Cleveland is 33-23 against the run line

- Cleveland is 5-1 against the line with a day off 

- Cleveland is 26-13 against teams below .500

Look for the Cleveland Guardians to find their way back into the win column with an impressive performance here on Friday night at home against Washington. Despite the series loss, I expect Cleveland’s hot bats to carry over back home, and I look for them to pick up a convincing victory to open up this series. Not only do I look for Cleveland to pick up the victory in the opening of this series on Friday, but I also look for them to cover the run line in the process.

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