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New York Mets @ Baltimore Orioles – 12.10PM ET
The Mets and Orioles will kick off our Wednesday MLB schedule with the second and final game of their two match series.
Despite another dominant performance from John Means at the mound, the Orioles blew a 2-0 lead to give the Mets a 3-2 victory on Tuesday. Coming off a no-hitter in his last start, Means continued his Cy Young caliber season with another shutout performance that saw him strikeout three Mets batters in six scoreless innings on Wednesday.
However, Cesar Valdez allowed three hits and two earned runs in the ninth inning to give New York the victory.
Dominic Smith’s double brought Kevin Pillar to home plate to tie the game at the bottom of the ninth before Patrick Mazeika hit the walk-off RBI to win the game.
METS FOLK HERO PATRICK MAZEIKA GETS ANOTHER WALK-OFF FIELDER’S CHOICE AND THE METS WIN THE BALLGAME! pic.twitter.com/imlUhteYoz
— SNY (@SNYtv) May 12, 2021
With a 3.60 ERA this season, Baltimore’s Matt Harvey will make his eighth start of the season on Wednesday, while Taijuan Walker will make his seventh start for the Mets, currently boasting a 2.38 ERA through 34 innings of work this year.
Seeing as Baltimore failed to win Tuesday’s encounter after another shutout performance from John Means, we can’t see the O’s winning Wednesday’s matchup against the Mets. Especially when considering that the Mets have scored 4+ runs in eight of their past 10 games and Taijuan Walker will give New York a slight advantage with the ball.
Cincinnati Reds @ Pittsburgh Pirates – 12.35PM ET
The Reds and the Pirates will wrap up their three game series in Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon.
After losing Monday’s series opener 1-14, Pittsburgh tied the series at 1-1 as a result of their 7-2 victory at home on Tuesday. J.T Brubaker struck-out four Reds batters in his six innings with the ball, only allowing five hits and just one run in that time.
As for the Reds they failed to replicate Monday’s performance with the bat, scoring just one run on five hits. On Monday Cincinnati piled on 14 runs on 15 hits to take a 1-0 series lead thanks to Tyler Naquin (two runs, two hits, four RBIs), Nick Senzel (one run, two hits, three RBIs) and Tucker Barnhart (two runs, two hits, two RBIs) leading the way offensively.
Coming off his best start of the season, Cincinnati’s Sonny Gray will get the ball on Wednesday. Gray threw seven shutout innings and struck-out eight White Sox batters on Wednesday, improving to a 3.92 ERA.
Gray will give the Reds an advantage at the mound on Wednesday as the Pirates will be sending Trevor Cahill (6.75 ERA) to the mound. Cahill allowed eight singles in his last start, however limited the damage to three runs.
As Cincinnati are a top five team in the league when looking at runs scored this season, we like the Reds potent offense to comfortably put a winnable score up against the likes of Trevor Cahill (6.75 ERA). Especially when considering that Pittsburgh are a bottom five scoring team in the league and will be coming up against an in-form Sonny Gray (3.92 ERA), who pitched seven scoreless innings in his last start.
Chicago Cubs @ Cleveland Indians – 1.10PM ET
The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians will face off on Wednesday for the second and final match of their two game series.
Having secured a 3-2 victory on Tuesday, the Indians will look to wrap up a four game stretch in Cleveland with a third consecutive victory on Wednesday.
Cesar Hernandez recorded one run from one hit with two RBIs, however it was Shane Bieber’s performance with the ball that steered Cleveland to a win. Bieber struck-out eight Cubs batters and allowed just two earned runs in 6.2 innings at the mound.
Indians pitcher Shane Bieber extends his MLB record to 20 consecutive games with 8 or more strikeouts!!! pic.twitter.com/EDYPS1uUiy
— Cleveland Sports Talk (@CLEsportsTalk) May 12, 2021
As for the Cubs, their lineup actually dominated the hit count on Tuesday, out-hitting the Indians 11-5. However, Chicago failed to translate that onto the scoreboard in the one run loss.
Zach Davies will take the mound for Chicago on Wednesday for his eighth start of the season. Davies has a 6.30 ERA and 1.83 WHIP from 30 innings with the ball this year. Cleveland will give Sam Henteges the ball for his first start of the season, currently boasting a 5.00 ERA from his nine innings at the mound.
With neither Zach Davies or Sam Henteges giving their team an advantage with the ball, this game will be won by the team with the better rotation and batting lineup.
Given that Chicago’s offense has been streaky this season, we like Cleveland to get the W at home in this matchup. The Indians have the eighth best team ERA in baseball and have won 11 of their past 14 games, scoring 4+ runs in seven of those encounters.
Oakland Athletics @ Boston Red Sox – 7.10PM ET
The two best teams in the American League will face off for the second match of their three game series on Wednesday when the Boston Red Sox host the Oakland Athletic at Fenway Park.
As a result of their 3-2 victory on Tuesday, Oakland joined Boston on 22 wins, the most wins in the American League. Chris Bassitt struck-out 10 Red Sox batters and held Boston’s potent offense to just two runs in his seven innings at the mound.
Nathan Eovaldi was also solid with the ball allowing just two hits and one run in his six innings. However, relief pitcher Darwinzon Hernandez allowed two hits and two earned in just 0.1 innings to give Oakland the lead in the seventh.
Eduardo Rodriguez will give the Red Sox an advantage at the mound on Wednesday. Rodriguez is 5-0 this season, currently boasting a 3.82 ERA and 1.18 WHIP from 33 innings with the ball this year.
Oakland will give James Kaprielian the ball on Wednesday for his first career start. In his two career games Kaprielian has a 7.36 ERA from just 3.2 innings at the mound.
The Red Sox are currently on a two-game losing streak and have not lost three games in a row since starting the season 0-3. Seeing as Boston are at home, have a drastic advantage at the mound and are the better lineup in this encounter, we like the Red Sox to return to the winners list at Fenway on Wednesday night.
New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays – 7.10PM ET
Currently with a 2-5 record against the Rays this season, the Yankees will look to make up some ground against Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.
The Yankees won Tuesday’s series opener in Tampa Bay 3-1. New York’s offense once again failed to put up a big score, however Jordan Montgomery’s performance with the ball was enough to steer the Yanks to a win. Montgomery allowed just two hits and one run in six innings at the mound, striking out nine Rays batters in that time.
Jordan Montgomery’s changeup has been unhittable tonight. pic.twitter.com/Up5TIjUAco
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) May 12, 2021
Mike Zunino clubbed a 472 foot homer in the third inning on Tuesday, however that was the Rays lone score and one of only three hits in the two run loss.
Although he has the fourth most strikeouts (66) and the fourth best ERA (1.61) in the league, Gerrit Cole will take the ball for New York on Wednesday, having recently suffered his first loss of the season. The right-hander collected 10 strikeouts, but allowed three runs in a loss to the Rays.
Tampa Bay are yet to name their starting pitcher for Wednesday’s matchup.
Having scored three runs or fewer in each of their past four games, Tampa Bay will enter this matchup with a worse lineup and a disadvantage with the ball. Seeing as Gerrit Cole is one of the best starters in baseball and is 5-1 in his last six road starts, we like the Yankees to get a road victory on Wednesday night.
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.