A full boat of games awaits for our viewing and handicapping pleasure on a Tuesday night MLB slate. There’s just one afternoon game on the schedule and another 15 for the evening portion of the docket. Here are the three games we’ll be focusing on for tonight’s parlay ticket.
First up is a meeting of American League squads in Cleveland. The Texas Rangers are on the road for game two of a four-game set with the Indians. The visitors are smoking and riding a five-game winning streak, while the hosts are 3-2 over the last five.
Next up is the opener of a two-game interleague series in Houston. The Colorado Rockies will be paying a visit to the American League Central leading Astros. An interesting pitching matchup has prompted oddsmakers to set a project run total of eight for this tilt.
The final game on tonight’s ticket is battle of National League clubs in Arizona. The Philadelphia Phillies are out in the desert for the second of three with the Diamondbacks. The visitors got the victory in yesterday’s series opener as the hosts look to even the score tonight.
Three games to zero in on and a packed slate of MLB should make for an interesting Tuesday evening. Let’s take a look at all of our contests in full detail, starting with the clash in Cleveland.
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Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians, 7:10 PM EST, FSOH
Rangers vs. Indians Pick:
This series opened up on Monday with a 1-0 win for the Rangers. Mike Minor fanned seven batters over seven innings to get the win while the bullpen handled the rest. Nomar Mazara hit a sacrifice fly in the 4th inning to drive home the game’s lone run.
Yesterday marked the beginning of a nine-game road trip for Texas. The team is 23-32 in away games on the year. Cleveland closes out a nine-game homestand with this series. They’re 4-3 thus far and 36-24 in home games this season. The Rangers hold a 3-2 lead in the season series.
Texas has the overall edge at the plate and their bats have been producing better results recently as well. Elvis Andrus is batting .285 to lead the Rangers. Joey Gallo is tops with 22 homers, while Rougned Odor leads with 64 RBIs. Francisco Lindor is the team leader for Cleveland with a .304 BA. Carlos Santana is tops on the team with 24 dongs and 63 ribbies.
Jurado has 23 appearances and 13 starts on the year. He has allowed a total of of 16 earned runs over his last five outings. For his last game, he gave up three over four innings in a no-decision versus the Seattle Mariners. Plesac has 12 starts under his belt and wins in his last three in a row. Last time out, he gave up four earned runs over five to the Astros but still walked away with the victory.
Cleveland has one of the top bullpens in MLB and the clear edge here. Jurado has had several short stints this season, but he has pitched five innings or more in two of his last three outings. Plesac has lasted five innings or more for his last three in a row.
The Rangers are a solid 7-3 over the last 10 games while Cleveland is 6-4 over the same span. Texas is sizzling right now, but Jurado’s recent output gives us some pause. We’ll take the Indians for game one on tonight’s ticket.
Colorado Rockies vs. Houston Astros, 8:10 PM EST, ATSW
Rockies vs. Astros Pick:
Colorado spent the weekend at home taking two of three over the San Francisco Giants. Houston was at home picking up a sweep over the Seattle Mariners, winning the three games by a combined score of 22-3. The Astros bring a four-game winning streak to the table, while the Rockies are 2-3 over the last five games.
Tonight’s game marks the start of a six-game road swing for Colorado. The club is 23-33 in away games for the year. Houston will be closing out a five-game homestand with this set. They’re 41-15 on the home field this season. Earlier this year, the Astros took two on the road over the Rockies.
Houston has the overall advantage at the plate and the hotter bats in recent times. Charlie Blackmon leads Colorado with a .325 BA. Trevor Story is the team leader with 25 HRs, while Trevor Story is tops with 83 ribbies. Michael Brantley is batting .320 to lead the Astros. Alex Bregman leads the team with 27 homers, while Yuli Gurriel is tops with 69 ribbies.
Marquez had a blowup spot with 11 earned runs allowed last month, but he has settled down over his last three appearances. Last time out, he held the Los Angeles Dodgers scoreless for six innings in a no-decision. This will be Greinke’s first start for the Astros since being moved at the trade deadline. He allowed one earned run over six innings in his last outing, a no-decision versus the Miami Marlins.
The Astros also have one of the better bullpens in MLB and a clear advantage here. Marquez has pitched six innings or more for five of his last six starts. Greinke has lasted six innings or more for his last nine games in a row.
Anticipation is high in Houston as Greinke gets set to make his debut in an Astros uniform. Marquez has been solid of late, so we could see a bit of a duel for the early part of the game. In the end, we like the Astros to get the victory for the second game on tonight’s ticket.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:40 PM EST, FSAZ
Phillies vs. Diamondbacks Pick:
This series opened up yesterday with a 7-3 win for the Phillies. Vince Velasquez delivered seven solid innings for the victors, allowing two earned runs before he was through. Jean Segura was among the offensive heroes with a two-RBI night.
Philadelphia opened up seven-game road swing with the victory on Monday. The team is 25-27 in away games for the year. Arizona is closing out a six-game homestand with this series. The club is 25-28 at home on the year. The season series is tied up at two games apiece.
The Diamondbacks get the nod at the plate, but the clubs have produced similar results recently. Cesar Hernandez is batting .285 to lead the Phillies. Rhys Hoskins leads the team with 24 homers, while Bryce Harper is tops with 73 ribbies. Ketel Marte paces Arizona with a .318 BA. Eduardo Escobar is the team leader with 24 HRs and 89 RBIs.
Arrieta is having a bit of an up and down year, but he has been solid in three of his last four starts. For his last outing, he allowed one earned run over four innings in a no-decision versus the Giants. This will be Leake’s first start as a Diamondback since being traded. For his last time on the hill, he gave up three earned runs over 5.2 innings in a no-decision versus the Rangers.
These two bullpens are right in the same range, so there’s no major edge to be found once the relievers get involved. Arrieta has lasted five innings or more for seven of his last 10 outings. Leake has pitched five innings or more for nine of his last 10 appearances.
Philadelphia enters tonight’s game with a record of 5-5 over the last 10 games, while Arizona is 4-6 over the same time frame. This is another interesting pitching matchup to contend with, and the teams are evenly matched. We’re going with the Diamondbacks for the final game on this evening’s ticket.