It’s a split slate for MLB on Wednesday with six games on the afternoon docket and another nine reserved for the evening portion of the schedule. Here are the games we’ll be focusing on for tonight’s three-game parlay ticket.
The first game on our ticket is the third of a four-game set between American League East squads at Fenway Park. The Toronto Blue Jays are in Boston once again to square off with the Red Sox. The two clubs have split the first two games while combining for 32 total runs.
Next up, we head to Cleveland for the third of four between the host Indians and the visiting Detroit Tigers. The Indians have dominated the first two games of the series, including an 8-0 victory on Tuesday. For the season, Cleveland has a 10-1 record versus Detroit.
The final game on tonight’s ticket is a potential fireworks show in Texas. The visiting Arizona Diamondbacks will be closing out a two-game set with the Rangers. The visitors picked up a 9-2 victory on Tuesday, and oddsmakers have set the total runs benchmark at 10.5 for tonight’s tilt.
That’s the three games to focus on for what should be another fun and exciting evening of MLB action. Let’s take a look at our selections in full detail, starting with the battle in Boston.
*Betting odds provided by: Sportsbetting.ag
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:10 PM EST, NESN
Blue Jays vs. Red Sox Pick:
This series opened up on Monday with a 10-8 victory for the Red Sox. Michael Chavis was among the offensive stars for the victors with a grand slam in the 1st inning. Last night, the Blue Jays evened the series with a 10-4 win behind a three-run shot from Teoscar Hernandez.
Toronto is in the midst of a 10-game road trip for which they have gone 2-3 thus far. On the year, the club is 18-30 in away games. Boston is closing out a seven-game homestand with this series. They’re 2-3 so far and 22-25 on the home field for the season.
It’s a near wash on the long balls, but that’s where the similarities end. Boston has the advantage at the plate, but Toronto bats have been hot for this series. Freddy Galvis leads the Blue Jays with a .271 BA and 46 RBIs. Randall Grichuk is tops with 16 homers. Rafael Devers is batting .322 to lead the Red Sox. Xander Bogaerts is tops on the team with 21 HRs and 74 ribbies.
Sanchez is riding a dreadful nine-game personal losing streak. Over that span, he has allowed four earned runs or more seven times. Last time out, he gave up four over five innings in a loss to the New York Yankees. Rodriguez has been solid of late with two earned runs or less allowed for his last three starts. For his last game, he gave up one over seven innings in a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The two bullpens are close overall, but Red Sox arms are striking out batters at a higher clip. Sanchez has lasted five innings or more for six of his last 10 games. Rodriguez has pitched five innings or more for his last 13 starts in a row.
The Toronto bats have been alive for this series, but Rodriguez has had nice stuff for his last few starts. Sanchez has been roughed up pretty good this year, so we may see the Boston offense perk up tonight. We’ll take the Red Sox for game one on tonight’s ticket.
Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians, 7:10 PM EST, FSOH
Tigers vs. Indians Pick:
On Monday, this series opened up with an 8-6 win for the Indians. Oscar Mercado was one of the biggest contributors for the victors with a pair of solo shots. Last night, it was an 8-0 win for Cleveland behind a committee of arms which held Detroit to a single hit.
Detroit is closing out a six-game road swing with this series. They’re 1-4 thus far and check in with a mark of 17-29 in away games for the year. Cleveland is riding a three-game winning streak as they continue a seven-game homestand. The team is 28-20 at home this season.
This is no contest as the Indians have a clear advantage on offense, as well as 16 runs scored through the first two games of this set. Miguel Cabrera leads the Tigers with a .290 BA and 37 RBIs. Brandon Dixon is tops on the team with 12 homers. Carlos Santana leads the way for the Indians with a .289 BA, 21 HRs, and 54 ribbies. Francisco Lindor has contributed 14 HRs and 34 RBIs.
Turnbull has started 18 games this year, but his last two appearances have been brief with just five total innings pitched. Last time out, he gave up four earned runs over three innings in a no-decision versus the Kansas City Royals. Clevinger has six starts on the year and has had good stuff for four of them. For his last game, he gave up one earned run over five innings in a no-decision versus the Minnesota Twins.
The Indians have one of the top bullpens in MLB. The Tigers do not. Turnbull has pitched five innings or more in seven of his last nine starts, but he left early the last two times on the hill. Clevinger has lasted five innings or more in four of his six starts.
Cleveland has owned Detroit this year, and that has been true over the first two games of this set as well. The tide may turn at some point, but we don’t see that happening tonight. We’re rolling with the Indians for game two on tonight’s ticket.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Texas Rangers, 8:05 PM EST, FSSW
Diamondbacks vs. Rangers Pick:
This quick two-game set opened up last night with a 9-2 victory for the Diamondbacks. Ketel Marte and Eduardo Escobar both had two-RBI nights for Arizona, while rookie starter Alex Young delivered 5.1 strong innings. Earlier this year, the teams split two games in Arizona.
This is the last of a five-game road swing for Arizona. They’ve gone 2-2 thus far and stand at 28-25 in away games for the year. The Rangers close out a six-game homestand with tonight’s tilt. They’re 2-3 so far and 31-20 on the home field for the year.
This is close to being a wash overall, but Arizona bats showed a lot more last night. Ketel Marte leads the Diamondbacks with a .312 BA and 21 homers. Eduardo Escobar tops the team with 70 ribbies. Elvis Andrus is batting .299 to lead the Rangers. Joey Gallo is the team leader with 22 HRs, while Nomar Mazara is tops with 51 RBIs.
Ray has been pretty solid this year. He’s reportedly attracting interest from a number of teams in advance of the trade deadline. For his last outing, he gave up one earned run over 6.1 innings in a win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Chavez has 38 total appearances and eight starts on the year. He has been tagged pretty well for his last three appearances, including a six earned run outing last time out.
The Diamondbacks have a slight overall edge, but these two bullpens aren’t that far apart. Ray has pitched six innings or more in seven of his last eight starts. For his last five appearances, Chavez has lasted five innings or more.
Ray has allowed just two earned runs while fanning 16 batters over his last two starts.
While we may see some kind of response out of the Texas bats tonight, we may also see some fireworks out of Arizona with Chavez on the hill. We like the Diamondbacks for the final game on our ticket.