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Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians – 6.10PM ET
The White Sox and Indians will continue their four game set in Cleveland on Tuesday, after the division rivals split the opening two games of this series in Monday’s double header.
The top two sides in the AL Central could not be separated after the opening two games of their series, winning one game apiece after both sides scored nine runs each across the two contests.
In what has the makings of a mouthwatering pitching matchup, Cleveland’s Shane Bieber and Chicago’s Dylan Cease will take the mound on Tuesday, with both starters looking to give their teams a 2-1 series lead against their division rivals.
Shane Bieber is the fastest in franchise history to reach 600 strikeouts.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 28, 2021
After 10 starts this year, Cease has a 3-1 record, 2.98 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 51.1 innings of action. The young right hander held the Orioles to just one run in six innings in his last start.
Bieber has a 5-3 record from his 11 starts this season, to go along with a 3.13 ERA and 1.21 WHIP from 73 innings of work. Bieber held the Tigers to just one run on one hit in seven innings in his last start. He also collected 12 strikeouts, taking his total to 110 for the season, which is the most of any major league pitcher.
On the offensive end, Chicago are scoring 5.02 runs per game in 2021, which is the fifth most in the league. Whereas Cleveland are scoring an average of 3.96 runs per game, placing them 20th overall.
Although Cease boasts the superior overall ERA this season, the White Sox starter has been less effective on the road this year, with a 4.58 ERA outside of Chicago. As well as that, Bieber pitched nine shutout innings in the first meeting this year between these two division rivals and we like the league’s strikeout leader to once again rise to the occasion at home on Tuesday. The White Sox have lost four of their past five games on the road this year and we like them to add another loss to that tally on Tuesday.
Minnesota Twins @ Baltimore Orioles – 7.05PM ET
The Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles will play the second match of their three game series at Oriole Park on Tuesday night.
As a result of Monday’s 3-2 victory, Minnesota have now won their past 16 consecutive games against Baltimore, including a 4-0 record in 2021.
However it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Twins in the series opener, as Minnesota needed Rob Refsnyder and Jorge Polanco to pass home plate at the top of the 10th to set up the one run victory. Polanco’s 10th inning homer was his second of the match.
Contrastingly, the loss for Baltimore has all but solidified the O’s as the worst team in baseball, as they have the worst record in the league and are now losers of 14 consecutive games, by far the longest losing streak in MLB this season.
Bruce Zimmerman will look to snap the Orioles losing streak when he makes his ninth start (10th appearance) of the year on Tuesday. The southpaw has a 2-3 record and 5.15 ERA from 43.2 innings this season. Zimmerman threw five innings for six hits and just one run in his last start, striking out six White Sox batters in that time. However, he hasn’t thrown 6+ innings in any of his starts this year.
Minnesota will counter with Michael Pineda at the mound on Tuesday. Pineda has been one of the best pitchers in his division this season, boasting a 3-2 record and 2.62 ERA from his 44.2 innings across eight starts. The right hander threw six innings and allowed just one run on three hits in his last appearance.
Having now lost 14 games in a row and their last 16 games against the Twins, there is no reason to like Baltimore in this matchup, as the Orioles have the worst pitching staff (5.04 team ERA) in baseball and a bottom five scoring offense. As well as that, Minnesota will be confident with seven wins from their last 10 games and a 4-0 record over Baltimore this season. As well as being the better offensive team, Pineda is the better starting pitcher in this encounter and he is coming into this game fresh after dominating Baltimore in his last start last week.
Philadelphia Phillies @ Cincinnati Reds – 7.10PM ET
Two National League teams that are desperate for winning momentum will continue their three game series in Cincinnati on Tuesday, when the Reds host the Phillies for the second time in two days.
Cincinnati took the win in Monday’s series openers, winning the match 11-1. Although the 10 run victory once again flexed how good the Reds top 10 ranked offense is (256 runs this year), the real story out of Monday’s game was Cincinnati’s continued pitching dominance. The Reds have now allowed their opponents to score just two runs or fewer in each of their last five games.
As a result of Monday’s loss, Philadelphia have now lost eight of their past 11 games. The Phillies don’t look to be capable of hitting a winnable score at the moment, having scored three runs of fewer in each of their past six games and two runs or fewer in four of those six games.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 31, 2021
Aaron Nola will look to keep the Reds to a beatable score on Tuesday when he makes his 12th start for the Phillies this year. Nola has a 3-4 record, 3.72 ERA, 1.102 WHIP and 76 strikeouts over 65.1 innings of work on the year. In his last three starts, Nola is 0-2 with a 4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 23 strikeouts over 17.2 innings.
Sonny Gray will take the mound for Cincinnati on Tuesday when he makes his ninth start of the season. Gray 1-3 with a 3.40 ERA, 1.323 WHIP and 52 strikeouts over 42.1 innings of work on the year. Gray threw six scoreless innings in his last start, allowing two hits with one walk and five strikeouts in a 3-0 Reds win.
As both Nola and Gray boast similar records and are coming off strong performances, we believe the team with the better lineup will win this match. Seeing as Cincinnati are scoring an average of 4.9 runs per game this season, while the Phillies are scoring just 3.8 runs per contest, we like the Reds to improve to 2-0 in this series on Tuesday with a second consecutive win at home. Cincinnati are the vastly superior offense and Gray should continue their solid form with the ball in this matchup.
Washington Nationals @ Atlanta Braves – 7.20PM ET
A pair of NL East rivals will face off in Atlanta on Tuesday when the Braves host the Nationals for the second match of their four game series.
After suffering losses in their last two games, Atlanta returned to the winners list on Monday thanks to 5-3 victory from their series opener against Washington. Ronald Acuna Jr recorded two runs from two hits and an RBI on Monday, including hitting his 16th home run of the season.
Subsequently, Washington lost their most recent outing 3-5 in Atlanta. The Nationals have lost five straight games.
Stephen Strasburg will look to bring an end to Washington’s losing streak when he makes his fifth appearance of the year. Strasburg has a 1-2 record, 4.43 ERA and 1.33 WHIP from 20.1 innings of work this year. The right-hander gave up three runs on five hits in five innings against the Reds in his last start.
Washington will counter with Max Fried for Tuesday’s clash. Fried has a 2-2 record, 4.63 ERA and 1.49 WHIP from 35 innings across seven starts, however the southpaw has been very impressive more recently. In his last three starts, Fried has thrown 20 innings and allowed just three earned runs on 11 hits with 14 strikeouts.
With a 1.50 ERA from his last four starts, Max Fried is going to give the Braves an advantage at the mound in this matchup. As well as that, Atlanta’s 4.81 runs per game ranks them as the seventh most prolific scoring offense in the league, whereas the Nats rank 24th with 3.78 runs per contest. Given that the Braves are better equipped at the mound and with the bat, we like Atlanta to win this one at home. Especially when coming up against a Washington team that has lost five consecutive games and only scored five runs combined in that time.
St Louis Cardinals @ Los Angeles Dodgers – 10.10PM ET
Two of the top teams in the National League will round out our Tuesday night MLB schedule when the Dodgers host the Cardinals for game two of their three game series.
Los Angeles won Monday’s series opener 9-4 thanks to a dominant performance from Chris Taylor with the bat. Taylor recorded two runs from three hits to go along with four RBIs from his four at bats in the five run victory.
As for the Cardinals, Monday was Jack Flaherty’s second loss with the ball this season. Since starting the year 8-0, Flaherty has lost back to back games against the White Sox and Dodgers, allowing five earned runs on eight hits in 8.2 innings.
Incredible. This has to be up there for AB of the year!
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 1, 2021
John Gant will be looking to tie this series up at one game a piece when he makes his 10th start of the year on Tuesday. Gant is 4-3 with a 1.81 ERA and 1.57 WHIP from 44.2 innings of work this year. The right hander has allowed just two earned runs on 13 hits in his last three starts, pitching 5+ innings in each game.
Los Angeles are yet to name their starting pitcher for Tuesday’s matchup.
As the Dodgers are yet to name their starting pitcher, it is tough to rationalise picking both for and against them. However, the Dodgers offense has scored the most runs in baseball this season and they boast an impressive 18-9 record at Dodger stadium. Although Los Angeles has not been performing at a consistently high level recently and John Gant is pitching at very well for St Louis, we like the Dodgers to continue their good hitting form at home on Tuesday.
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.