It’s a busier than normal weekday afternoon for MLB, so that means fewer games to contend with for the evening portion. All told, it’s 10 games this afternoon and just four on tap for tonight. Here are the three contests we’ll be zeroing in on for the latter part of of the slate.
For the first game on our parlay ticket, we’ll head to Baltimore as the red-hot New York Yankees look to continue their winning ways versus the Orioles. The visitors have really been living up to the Bronx Bombers nickname while riding a seven-game winning streak.
Game two is a meeting of National League Central squads in Pittsburgh. The Milwaukee Brewers are visiting the Pirates and going for a sweep of their three-game series. The hosts are struggling mightily and currently in the midst of a four-game skid.
The last game on our ticket takes us out to Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox will play host to the Kansas City Royals for the finale of a three-game set. The clubs have split the first two, and neither club is playing really well of late with matching records of 1-4 over the last four games.
It’s a real light slate for MLB tonight, but we’ll be happy to take advantage and better focus our research efforts. Let’s take a look at our selections in full detail, starting with the battle in Baltimore.
*Betting odds provided by: Sportsbetting.ag
New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles, 7:05 PM EST, MASN
Yankees vs. Orioles Pick:
The Yankees have won both games of this set by a combined score of 18-10. Yesterday, the club smashed six homers in the win. Austin Romine was among the heroes with a three-RBI night. Over the last five games, New York has crossed 40 runners over home plate.
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The Yankees opened up a seven-game road trip with the series opener. The team is 31-21 in away games this year. The Orioles are in the midst of a 10-game homestand. They’re 2-4 thus far and 17-40 at home on the season. New York holds a dominant 12-2 edge for the season series.
It’s no contest at the plate as the Yankees have one of the top offenses in MLB. DJ LeMahieu leads the Yankees with a .306 BA and 76 RBIs. Gary Sanchez is tops with 24 homers, but he’s on the IL with a strained groin. Hanser Alberto is batting .316 to lead Baltimore. Trey Mancini is the team leader with 26 dongs and 64 ribbies.
Paxton has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride recently, but he did settle down for his last outing. He gave up two earned runs over six innings to get the victory over the Red Sox. Means has pitched well this year for a team that’s going nowhere. This is his first start back since hitting the IL with a strained bicep. In his last outing, he gave up three over three in a loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
We have another no contest as the Yankees bullpen is miles ahead of the Orioles. Paxton has lasted six innings for four of his last six appearances. Prior to his injury, Means pitched five innings or more for nine of his last 10 games.
Anything can happen when two clubs take the field, but the Orioles are really punching out of their weight class when they take on the Yankees. The visitors are cruising, and we see nothing to suggest that the Orioles are about to stop the train. We like New York in game one on our ticket.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 PM EST, ESPN
Brewers vs. Pirates Pick:
The Brewers have taken the first two games of the set. A 9-7 win in the opener was followed by a 4-3 victory on Tuesday. Christian Yelich smacked two bombs for Milwaukee in game one. He was given yesterday off and could sit again tonight.
Tonight’s game marks the end of a nine-game road trip for the Brewers. They’re 3-5 so far and 26-32 in away games on the season. Pittsburgh wraps up a six-game homestand with this game. The team is 24-31 on the home field this year. Milwaukee is up 11-4 for the season series.
The Brewers have the clear overall advantage at the plate. Yelich leads the way for the team with a .336 BA, 39 homers, and 84 ribbies. Mike Moustakas has added in 27 dongs and 62 RBIs. Bryan Reynolds is batting .335 to lead the way for the Pirates. Josh Bell is the team’s biggest offensive force and leader with 27 HRs and 89 RBIs.
Pomeranz has a number of brief appearances recently, but he has started 17 games this year. This will be his third appearance in a Brewers uniform since being acquired from the San Francisco Giants at the deadline. Williams has been serviceable this season for a struggling ballclub. For his last outing, he gave up three earned runs over six innings in a loss to the New York Mets.
These two bullpens aren’t that far apart overall, but we can give a slight edge to Milwaukee. Pomeranz’s last six appearances have all been for two innings or less. Williams has made it five innings or more for his last six games in a row.
The Brewers are clearly the better club here and hold a dominant edge over the Pirates in the season series. However, we just don’t feel comfortable rolling with Pomeranz after numerous short stints. We’ll take Pittsburgh in a small upset for the second game on this evening’s ticket.
Kansas City Royals vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:10 PM EST, NESN
Royals vs. Red Sox Pick:
This series opened up on Monday with a 7-5 win for the Red Sox. The Royals returned the favor yesterday with a 6-2 win of their own. These two squads are both struggling of late. It’s 2-8 for Kansas City over the last 10 and a dismal 1-9 for Boston.
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The Royals are in the middle of a 10-game road trip. They’re 1-4 thus far and 18-39 in away games on the year. The Red Sox opened up a seven-game homestand when this series began. The club is 28-30 at home this season. Boston has a 4-1 advantage in the season series.
The Red Sox offense is well ahead of what the Royals bring to the plate on a nightly basis. Whit Merrifield is batting .301 to lead Kansas City. Jorge Soler paces the team with 31 dongs and 79 RBIs. Rafael Devers leads the way for Boston with an average of .321 and 87 ribbies. Xander Bogaerts is the team leader with 25 homers.
Sparkman has 21 appearances and 13 starts under his belt this year. He has been having a rough go of things with 18 earned runs allowed over his last three games. Last time out, he gave up six over 4.2 innings in a no-decision versus the Minnesota Twins. Rodriguez is having a solid season overall. He was tagged for four earned runs in a loss to the Yankees last time out.
When the relievers get involved in tonight’s game, Boston will have the advantage. Sparkman has reached five innings or more in eight of his last 10 games. Rodriguez has pitched six innings or more for four of his last five starts.
It’s another big class disadvantage in this one, but the gap is closed by how much the Red Sox have been struggling of late. However, Rodriguez on the hill versus one of the poorer offenses in baseball could help right the ship. We’ll take Boston for the final game on our ticket.