There are a handful of afternoon games on the Wednesday MLB docket. That leaves us with just eight contests to consider for this evening’s parlay ticket. We’ve zeroed in on a pair of National League tilts and the finale of a two-game set between World Series contenders as our three featured contests of the night.
Our first matchup is the finale of a three-game set between the visiting St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins. The hosts have come up short in the first two games. They’ll be looking to avoid the sweep tonight while also trying to snap a six-game losing streak.
Next up, we head to Atlanta for the third of four games between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Braves. The hosts are up 2-0 after a pair of games which saw plenty of runs put on the board. Through two games, the Braves have outscored the Pirates by a total of 20-12.
The final game on our ticket is game two of a quick series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the host Houston Astros. This series has captured a lot of attention as a potential World Series preview. The first game lived up to the billing as Houston prevailed by a score of 10-8.
That give us three solid games to look forward to for another exciting evening of MLB action. Let’s take a look at all of our selected contests in full detail, starting with the showdown in South Florida.
*Betting odds provided by: Sportsbetting.ag
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins, 7:10 PM EST, FSFL
Cardinals vs. Marlins Pick:
This series opened up on Monday with a 4-1 win for the Cardinals behind six shutout innings from Michael Wacha. Yesterday, it was a 7-1 victory for St. Louis as Dakota Hudson pitched seven strong innings. Marcell Ozuna smacked a solo shot in the 9th to put an exclamation point on the win.
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The Cardinals are in the midst of a 10-game road swing for which they have gone 2-3 thus far. The team was swept by the Chicago Cubs over the weekend. St. Louis is 13-19 on the road to date. Miami is a dreadful 11-23 at home thus far. The club has lost its last six games in a row.
This is no contest. The Cardinals have a productive offense, while the Marlins have one of the worst in MLB. Paul Goldschmidt is batting .271 to lead St. Louis. Marcell Ozuna tops the team with 18 homers and 55 RBIs. Miguel Rojas leads the Marlins with a .268 BA, while Jorge Alfaro is tops with nine HRs. Starlin Castro and Brian Anderson are tied for the team lead with 27 ribbies.
Mikolas has been solid for the most part this season. He was blown up for seven runs by the Texas Rangers a few starts ago. Last time out, he lasted four innings versus the Cubs and took the loss with three earned runs. This will be the MLB debut for Yamamoto. Through a dozen starts in Double-A this year, he has a record of 3-5 with a 3.58 ERA.
The Cardinals have a middle of the road bullpen, but it’s still better than what the Marlins bring to the table. Mikolas has made it to seven innings in four of his last six starts, but the other two outings were four innings or less. Since this is Yamamoto’s first start, it’s tough to guess what to expect this evening.
The Cardinals are a much better ball club on paper. They’ll be facing off with a rookie pitcher in his first start to boot. We like St. Louis to get the win and pick up the sweep over Miami for game one on our parlay ticket.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves, 7:20 PM EST, FSSE
Pirates vs. Braves Pick:
The Braves bats were alive for the series opener on Monday. Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a grand slam in the 2nd as part of the offensive explosion in a 13-7 win. On Tuesday, Brian McCann went yard twice as the Braves picked up a 7-5 victory in a game which was halted after eight innings.
The Pirates are in the midst of a 10-game road trip. It hasn’t started off well as the team is 0-5 thus far. On the road for the season, the club is 17-18. The Braves are riding a five-game winning streak as they get set for tonight’s tilt. At home for the year, the club is 18-15.
Atlanta has a productive offense which has been lively of late, while Pirates bats are on the anemic side. Josh Bell leads the way for Pittsburgh with a .318 BA, 18 homers, and 60 RBIs. Starling Marte and Colin Moran have nine HRs each. Freddie Freeman leads the Braves with a .306 BA and 18 homers. Acuna Jr. is tops on the team with 45 ribbies.
Keller has made one appearance this season. It didn’t go swimmingly. He gave up six earned runs over four innings versus the Cincinnati Reds, but he did fan seven batters along the way. Soroka is having himself a fine season. His last outing was one of his best of the year. Soroka pitched eight innings of one-run ball as he picked up the win over the Marlins.
The Braves have a bullpen that’s in the middle of the pack, while the Pirates have one of the poorest in MLB. Keller only has one start under his belt, so there’s no telling what we’ll see tonight. Soroka has lasted six innings or more for eight starts in a row.
The Braves bats have really been alive of late, and they get to face off with a pitcher who was shelled last time out. Add in the fact that Sorokka has been stellar, and we like Atlanta to get the win here for game two on tonight’s parlay ticket.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Houston Astros, 8:10 PM EST, ESPN
Brewers vs. Astros Pick:
In yesterday’s opener, the Astros held a 4-2 lead after four innings. Then the bats really came alive. The two clubs took turns smacking homers as Houston eventually prevailed by a score of 10-8. There were seven homers in the game in total, four for the Astros and three for the Brewers.
The Brewers had a four-game winning streak snapped with last night’s defeat. Yesterday marked the beginning of an eight-game road trip. Milwaukee is 16-16 in road games for the year. Houston is in the middle of an eight-game homestand. The team is 25-9 at home on the season.
These two offenses are pretty much even. Christian Yelich leads the way for the Brewers with a .346 BA, 25 homers, and 54 RBIs. Mike Moustakas has added in 20 HRs and 43 ribbies. For the Astros, Michael Brantley leads with a .320 BA. Alex Bregman is tops on the team with 18 homers and 44 RBIs, while George Springer is right behind him with 17 and 43.
Woodruff gave up six earned runs two starts ago to the Pirates. He settled down last time out and gave up three in a win over Pittsburgh. Prior to those two games, he was on a stretch of six in a row with two earned runs or less. Verlander has been excellent for much of the year, but the Seattle Mariners got to him for three runs last time out. He has allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his last 10 outings.
The Astros have the statistical edge here, and they also happen to have one of the best relief corps in all of MLB. Woodruff has made it to six innings or more for five of his last six starts. Verlander has done the same for his last 10 in a row and for 13 of his 14 starts this year.
It’s an intriguing pitching matchup for game two of a fascinating series. The Astros came out on top last night and have Verlander on the hill this evening, but we’re going to zag the other way. We like the underdog Brewers for the final game on this evening’s parlay ticket.