Well, we needed a good Tuesday. 4-1 is about as good as you can do for a day of gambling. If you haven’t yet, in addition to these articles, follow me @cwsdjt on Twitter.
Without further ado, let’s get to some picks on this fine and dandy Wednesday.
Yankees vs. Phillies
This is the first seven-inning game (first leg of a doubleheader) I will bet this season. I think this is more conducive to betting the better starting pitcher. With that, we have J.A. Happ versus Zack Wheeler. Wheeler pitched well in 7.0 innings against Miami on 7/25. The Orioles smoked Happ in 4.0 innings. We’re not going off of one game. Wheeler’s peripherals are fantastic. He ranked in the 94th percentile in fastball velocity for 2019. The Yankees are solid against righties (.257 AVG), but I expect Wheeler to negate that. Happ, however, will struggle with the Phillies lineup.
Pick: Phillies +133
Nationals vs. Mets
The Mets have a depleted lineup. Yoenis Céspedes has now opted out of the 2020 season. Jeff McNeil has back problems. Robinson Canó has a muscle strain, and Amed Rosario is out. They trot out Rick Porcello against Max Scherzer. Good luck. The Nats just need to grab a few runs being behind one of the best starters in the game who racks up his fair share of innings and this should be a win. I do not usually bet this high of a line, but the discrepancy between the teams proves otherwise. Give me the Nats.
Pick: Nationals -210
Rays vs. Red Sox
In this doozy, we have Ryan Yarbrough against Martín Pérez. Both will go about 5.0 innings, but Yarbrough gets the edge because he induces weak contact. He will not strike people out, but he should hand the dominant Rays’ bullpen a lead. Boston has a decent lineup, but their pitching is awful. If the Rays knock Pérez around early, the Red Sox do not have much bullpen depth. Look for this game to remain close, but the Rays will pull out a victory in the later innings.
Pick: Rays -142
There you have it, folks. Let’s continue our torrid streak of wins and come back with another positive day. Best of luck!