After a rainy Tuesday on the east coast, we’ve got an action packed 17 games of Major League Baseball for your Wednesday, including a pair of double headers! Our tipsters have narrowed down their five best selections for five massive games!
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Cleveland Indians @ Tampa Bay Rays – 12.10PM ET
As a result of the second game of their series being postponed due to rain, the Indians and Rays will play a doubleheader in Tampa Bay on Wednesday. This is a preview of the second game of the series / first of today’s two seven innings encounters.
Tampa Bay will enter Wednesday’s double header with a 1-0 lead in this three game series thanks to their 9-8 victory at home on Monday. After jumping out to a 4-0 lead by the top of the third, Cleveland fought back into the match to take an 8-7 lead into the bottom of the ninth. However, Wander Franco’s RBI single in the ninth tied the game before Yandy Diaz hit a walk-off single of his own to secure the Rays victory.
Logan Allen started for the Indians and allowed five earned runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings at the mound, however Emmanuel Chase took the loss with the ball for his two earned runs on three hits in the ninth innings.
Walk Offs = Gatorade Showers
— Bally Sports Sun: Rays (@BallyRays) July 6, 2021
Although it is not confirmed, Cleveland are expected to start Jean Carlos Mejia for the seventh time (10th appearance) this season. The rookie owns a 1-3 record, 6.18 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 25 strikeouts from 27.2 innings since making his MLB debut. Mejia has thrown 15 innings across his last three outings, allowing 13 earned runs for an 0-2 record in that time.
Michael Wacha will make his 10th start (15th appearance) for Tampa Bay on Wednesday. The right handed veteran is 1-2 this year, with a 5.26 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 44 strikeouts from 51.1 innings of work. Wacha was clubbed for five runs, including three home runs, in just three innings against the Nationals in his last start.
As neither pitcher is bringing much solid form into this matchup, we are going to back the Rays superior offense to lead them to a second consecutive victory at home. Wacha has performed slightly better than the less experienced Mejia this season, and given the Indians extensive list of injuries among their pitchers, we are going to back the Rays healthier bullpen and stronger lineup to pull them over the line on Wednesday. Especially when considering that Tampa Bay’s 3.60 team ERA is good for the seventh best in baseball, while Cleveland’s 4.41 average ranks them 20th.
Detroit Tigers @ Texas Rangers – 2.05PM ET
The Tigers and Rangers will wrap up their three game series in Texas on Wednesday afternoon.
As a result of their 10-5 victory on Tuesday, the Rangers have tied this series up at 1-1 heading into Wednesday’s decider. After Detroit’s Eric Haase tied the game at 5-5 with a three run homer in the seventh, Texas piled on the next five runs to secure the victory.
Daniel Norris took the loss for the Tigers after allowing two earned runs on two hits in just 0.1 innings with the ball.
Texas will send Kyle Gibson to the mound for his 17th start of the season. The soon to be All-Star has a 6-0 record this year, to go along with a 1.98 ERA, 1.03 WHIp and 81 strikeouts from 95.2 innings of action. Gibson held the Mariners to just one run in 5.2 innings in his last start.
Casey Mize will also make his 17th start of the season for Detroit on Wednesday. The right hander has a 5-5 record, 3.55 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 75 strikeouts across 91.1 innings of work this year. Mize threw three innings in his last start before exiting the game. The Tigers will once again watch his pitch count on Wednesday.
Although Casey Mize has justified his selection with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 MLB draft by boasting a 3.19 ERA on the road this season, we believe Texas will get the win in this matchup with Kyle Gibson on the mound. Mize will likely not pitch deep in this match and he will be supported by Detroit’s 23rd ranked league pitching staff (4.60 team ERA). Whereas Gibson is coming off a month that saw him own a 1.52 ERA across five starts in June, and he has conceded two runs of fewer in each of his last nine starts.
Milwaukee Brewers @ New York Mets – 2.10PM ET
As a result of having game two of their series in New York postponed due to rain, the Brewers and Mets will wrap up their series with a doubleheader on Wednesday. This is a preview of the second game of the series / first of today’s two seven innings encounters.
New York drew first blood in the series opener on Monday, defeating the Brewers 4-2 at home. Pete Alonso’s go-ahead double at the bottom of the seventh proved to be the offensive play of the game, while Seth Lugo earned the win for the Mets for his shutout inning with the ball.
Brandon Woodruff took the loss for Milwaukee after allowing four earned runs on four hits in 6.1 innings at the mound.
Jacob deGrom: There’s no one else like him. pic.twitter.com/3PKM5WzzCm
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) July 6, 2021
Corbin Burnes will look to tie this series up at 1-1 when he makes his 15th start of the season. Burnes has a 4-4 record in 2021, to go along with a 2.41 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 120 strikeouts from 82 innings of action. The right hander has thrown 13.1 innings in his last two starts, allowing just two earned runs in that time.
The Mets will counter with Jacob deGrom on the mound for Wednesday’s clash. The two time Cy Young winner has a 7-2 record, 0.95 ERA, 0.54 WHIP and 136 strikeouts from 85 innings of action this year. Although deGrom’s 0.95 ERA is still the best in the league, the right hander has conceded five earned runs in his last two starts, throwing 13 innings in that time. Prior to those two starts, deGrom had conceded just four earned runs in his last 12 starts.
Although deGrom is arguably the best pitcher in baseball, he is entering this clash fresh off his two worst starts of the season. As well as that, the two time Cy Young recipient has a below par 3-3 record, 4.80 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in eight career starts against the Brewers. Milwaukee’s lineup has also scored 7.3 runs per contest across their last 10 games, and they will also have the in-form Corbin Burnes on the mound. Burnes has allowed just two earned runs in his last two starts and we like him to lead the Brewers to a win on the road on Wednesday.
Boston Red Sox @ Los Angeles Angels – 4.07PM ET
The Red Sox and Rays will conclude their three game series on the west coast on Wednesday afternoon.
As a result of their 3-3 victory on Tuesday, the Angels have tied this series up at 1-1 heading into Wednesday’s decider. Following Shohei Ohtani’s RBI single and Max Stassi’s two run homer, Los Angeles were out to a 3-1 lead after one innings on Tuesday and they never looked back. Ohtani also picked up his fourth win of the season with the ball after throwing seven innings for just two runs.
Nathan Eovaldi took the loss for Boston after allowing five earned runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings at the mound.
Andrew Heaney will make his 15th start of the season for the Angels on Wednesday. The left hander has a 4-6 record, 5.40 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 89 strikeouts from 71.2 innings of action this season. Heaney has been costly in his last three starts, allowing 15 earned runs in 14 innings for an 0-3 record.
Boston will send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound for his 17th start of the season. Rodriguez has a 6-4 record in 2021, to go along with a 5.42 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 99 strikeouts from 84.2 innings of action. The southpaw had a solid start to July, throwing six shutout innings for just one hit in his last start against Oakland.
As both Boston (5.09 runs per game) and Los Angeles (4.94 runs per game) possess top 10 MLB offenses, we believe that whichever pitching staff performs the best will win this clash. Seeing as Eduardo Rodriguez is coming off a six shutout inning performance in his last start, and he will be supported by a Red Sox pitching staff that has conceded just 3.4 runs per game in their last 10 outings, we are going to take Boston to close out this series on the road. Especially when considering that Andrew Heaney has given up 15 earned runs in 14 innings for an 0-3 record across his last three starts, and the Angels will support him with the 26th ranked pitching staff in baseball (5.00 ERA).
Washington Nationals @ San Diego Padres – 10.10PM ET
The Nationals and Padres will conclude our Wednesday night MLB schedule when they meet for the third match of their four game series in San Diego.
After dropping game one of their series at home, San Diego tied this set against Washington at 1-1 thanks to a 7-4 victory on Tuesday. Will Myers clubbed a three run homer at the bottom of the fourth, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead, before San Diego piled on a further three runs in the fifth to take a 6-3 lead.
Erick Fedde took the loss for Washington after allowing six earned runs on eight hits in just 4.1 innings at the mound.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 7, 2021
Patrick Corbin will make his 17th start of the season for Washington on Wednesday night. The left hander has a 5-7 record, 5.56 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 70 strikeouts from 87.1 innings in 2021. Corbin will be trying to avoid a third straight loss on Wednesday, as the southpaw has conceded eight earned runs on 13 hits in his last two starts, throwing 10.2 innings in that time.
The Padres will counter with Chris Paddack on the mound for Wednesday’s clash. Paddack has a 4-5 record from 15 starts this season, to go along with a 4.56 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 75 strikeouts from 73 innings of action. Although the right hander has conceded 12 earned runs in his last four starts, Paddack owns a 2-0 record.
As they are scoring an average of 4.65 runs per game in 2021, we are going to take the Padres at home against the out of form Patrick Corbin. Especially when considering that Corbin has conceded four home runs across his last three starts and San Diego’s lineup has clubbed 21 homers of their own in their last 12 games. As well as that, Washington will once again be without their best offensive weapon Kyle Schwarber, who injured his hamstring last weekend.
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