On the evening of May 21, 2024, baseball fans will be treated to a compelling matchup as the New York Mets take on the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field, starting at 6:10 PM under an expected light rain. Pitching for the Mets will be Adrian Houser, whose ERA currently stands at 7.439. Across the diamond, Carlos Carrasco will take the mound for the Guardians, sporting a more favorable ERA of 5.162.

In terms of standings, the Mets are currently 12th in the NL East with a record of 21-26, translating to a .450 winning percentage. They are fourth in their division with a less-than-stellar recent record of 3 wins in their last 10 games, and they’re coming off a loss. Their road performance lists 11 wins to 12 losses, which will be crucial in this away game setting.

Conversely, the Cleveland Guardians are performing strongly this season in the AL Central, ranking second with a commendable record of 31-17. This gives them a .650 winning percentage, boosted by their current four-game winning streak. The Guardians have proven tough competitors at home with a 16-6 record, something the Mets should be wary of.

As for betting odds, the point spread is set at -1.5 in favor of the Guardians, indicating expectations for them to win by at least two runs. The Over/Under for total runs scored in the game is pegged at 9.5, suggesting a moderately high-scoring affair. Those looking to place moneyline bets will find the Guardians as favorites with odds of -123, while the Mets are positioned as underdogs at +104, reflecting their challenging road-standing and recent form.