A full 15-game slate is on tap for a busy Tuesday night of MLB action. Several divisional series are taking place for the first half of the week, and that’s where we find our focus going for tonight’s parlay ticket. Here are the three games we’ll be zeroing in on.
First up is a battle in the Bronx between a pair of American League East squads. The Tampa Bay Rays are in New York for the second of a four-game series with the Yankees. The visitors got the victory last night and will look to continue making up ground on the 1st place Yankees as the series moves along.
The second game on our ticket will take us out to Wrigley Field for a meeting of National League Central clubs. The 1st place clubs will welcome the Cincinnati Reds for the second of a four-game set. The visitors have a leg up in this one as well after a victory last night while the Cubs look to even the score tonight.
The final game on this evening’s parlay ticket is another battle of NL Central squads. The St. Louis Cardinals will play host to the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second of a three-game series. These two teams have been heading in opposite directions with the Cardinals picking up a shutout win in the opener.
That’s three games to focus on for a busy night on the diamond. Let’s take a look at all three of our selected contests in full detail, starting with the game in the Big Apple.
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Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees, 7:05 PM EST, YES
Rays vs. Yankees Pick:
This series opened up on Monday night with a 5-4 win for the Rays. Travis d’Arnaud had himself a game for the victors with three homers on the night, including the game-winning shot in the 9th inning. These clubs have hooked up 14 times this season with the Yankees holding a 9-5 advantage.
|Tampa Bay||56-40||W3||6-4||2-AL East||453||350|
|NY Yankees||59-33||L1||5-5||1-AL East||516||399|
After last night’s game, the Yankees now hold a five-game lead over the 2nd place Rays in the division. Tampa Bay checks in with a solid record of 30-18 in away games this season. New York has been strong at home with a mark of 33-16 thus far.
New York has the edge on a year-to-date basis, but Tampa Bay has had the hotter bats of late. Austin Meadows is batting .292 to lead the Rays. Brandon Lowe tops the team with 16 homers and 49 RBIs. DJ LeMahieu is tops on the Yankees with a .331 BA and 64 ribbies. Gary Sanchez is the team leader with 24 dongs.
Overall, Stanek has been quite effective in the opener role for the Rays. However, he was roughed up two appearances ago for four earned runs over a single inning versus the Yankees. For his last outing, he held the Baltimore Orioles scoreless over two innings. The veteran Sabathia has done a nice job for the Yankees this year. Last time out, he gave up three over seven in a no-decision versus the Rays.
Tampa Bay has the overall statistical edge, and they have done so in more innings of work to boot. We should see several arms after Stanek is through tonight. Sabathia has lasted six innings or more for his last three starts.
The New York bats have been relatively quiet over the last five games. That will change before too long, and it could happen as soon as tonight. We like the Yankees to get the win this evening to tie this series up at a game apiece.
Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 8:05 PM EST, WGN
Reds vs. Cubs Pick:
The Cubs held a 3-1 lead heading into the 6th inning of last night’s series opener. It was all Reds from that point. The visitors would go on to put another five runs on the board to walk off the field with a 6-3 win. These two teams have met 10 times this season with the Reds holding a 7-3 edge.
Chicago is atop the NL Central with a two-game lead over the Cardinals. Cincinnati is bringing up the rear, but they are just 5.5 games back of the Cubs. The Reds are 19-27 in road games this year, while the Cubs are 32-17 at home.
The Cubs have the overall advantage, but the Reds have been more productive recently. Jose Iglesias is batting .282 to lead Cincinnati. Eugenio Suarez and Yasiel Puig are tied for the team lead with 22 homers. Suarez tops the team with 57 RBIs. Kris Bryant is batting .293 to lead Chicago. Javier Baez has the team lead with 22 HRs and 63 ribbies.
DeSclafani has been a little up and down this season, but he has delivered pretty solid showings for five of his last six starts. Last time out, he gave up two earned runs over six innings in a no-decision versus the Cleveland Indians. Mills will be making his MLB season debut tonight. Through 10 career appearances, he has a 1.22 WHIP and a 5.48 ERA.
The Reds have a slight overall edge, but the bullpens are close overall. DeSclafani has lasted five innings or more for six of his last seven starts. Since this will be the first appearance of the season for Mills, it’s unclear what to expect tonight.
Both clubs enter tonight’s game with matching marks of 5-5 over their last 10 outings. The Reds have won two of their last three, while the Cubs have won three or four. We’re not comfortable hitching our wagon to a pitcher in his first start of the year, so we’re rolling with the Reds for game two.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 8:15 PM EST, FSMW
Pirates vs. Cardinals Pick:
For last night’s opener, the Pirates couldn’t break through on starter Miles Mikolas. He would go on to pitch a complete-game shutout as the Cardinals prevailed by a score of 7-0. Tyler O’Neill smacked a pair of homers to lead the way on offense for St. Louis.
|St. Louis||47-45||W3||6-4||2-NL Central||411||399|
Through seven meetings of these two clubs this year, the Cardinals hold a 4-3 edge. Pittsburgh is riding a four-game losing streak and checks in with a record of 22-28 in road games. St. Louis has won three in a row and stands at 27-19 in home games for the year.
These two offenses are relatively close overall and have produced similar results of late. Josh Bell leads the way for the Pirates with a .295 BA, 27 homers, and 84 RBIs. Starling Marte has chipped in with 15 HRs and 51 ribbies. Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with a .259 BA, 20 homers, and 62 RBIs. Paul Goldschmidt has 17 dongs and 40 RBIs thus far.
Agrazal has started three games this season and nabbed the victory in his last two outings. For all three starts, he has held opponents to two earned runs or less. Flaherty has taken the loss in three of his last four starts. He was roughed up pretty good in two of those outings, but he settled down last time out. Flaherty allowed just one earned run over seven innings to take the loss to the San Francisco Giants.
The St. Louis bullpen has the better stats, but Pittsburgh arms have seen more innings of work. Agrazal has pitched six innings in two of his three appearances this season. Flaherty has lasted five innings or more in three of his last five outings.
The Pirates have been struggling while the Cardinals have been rolling, but we’re still going to zag the other way tonight. Agrazal has shown nice consistency through three starts, while Flaherty has been hit or miss of late. We like Pittsburgh for the final game on tonight’s ticket.