(MLB) Arizona vs. Cleveland, 08/02/2022 7:10 PM, Score: 6 - 3
Money Line: -135.00 Cleveland (Home)
Result: Loss
The Diamondbacks have lost 4 straight games on the road and after a stretch of solid offense, they have sailed back into the batting doldrums, especially in the last week at .187/.606 OPS. They aren’t usually strong vs right-handers. Gallen, Tuesday’s starter, had five starts in July and his last three were very good, with just 3 runs given up over 18+ innings, and an opposing batting average of just .164. The Arizona pen has been top tier at 2.78 L15 games.

The Guardians have won 5 of 7 including last night’s home series opener. They are getting dependable hitting, and while some starters are struggling, the relief pitching has been excellent. Triston McKenzie has not been one of the Guardians’ poor starters. Anything but! He gave up 4 runs over 7 innings to the Red Sox, but was astounding in the rest of the month, giving up a single run in 26+ innings.

I am wagering on the Guardians on Tuesday. McKenzie pitched very well in his last start. He was unlucky to give up the four runs, and showed no sign of slowing down. Gallen has also pitched very well lately, but the Guardians have much the better offense, and the D-backs, who were forced to use 9 pitchers yesterday, might be a little tight in relievers. Take the Guardians to win outright on Tuesday.