Daeshon Underwood selects the three best bets from Wednesday’s MLB schedule as he looks to bring a 2-3 record back into profit.
After last week’s article we are 2-3 on our Best Bets, let’s keep the good picks rolling. Tomorrow is a 15 game slate, with match-ups starting as early as 12:35pm. When I started looking at the projected pitchers, I almost laughed at the Red Sox @ Orioles game. If you told me at the start of the season that Andrew Cashner would be 4-1 and Chris Sale 1-5, I would have said sure, and a 65-1 longshot will win the Kentucky Derby… oh wait…
Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians
The Indians should dominate in this spot. Cleveland’s projected pitcher Shane Bieber (2-1 3.16 ERA) will be fine here. He has only had one questionable start where he was pulled in 3rd inning against the Braves. The only thing concerning here is Tim Anderson (White Sox) throwing his bat into the upper deck. According to MLB statistics, the White Soxs have a strikeout percentage of 24%, this is the 6th highest in the league. As for pitching, I’m pretty sure I could hit a dinger off the Sox projected pitcher Reynaldo Lopez (2-4 6.69 ERA). Cleveland’s lefties Lindor, Ramirez, Gonzalez, Bauers, and Kipnis should have a great showing on Wednesday, as left handed batters are averaging .347 against Lopez. So far Cleveland is 9-6 at home.
Seattle Mariners @ New York Yankees
With pick two I’m sticking with the New York Yankees. At the start of the season, the Mariners were the hottest team in the league, but have finally returned to earth settling in at 19 -18. Most thought the Yankees would fall off as well, with key injuries to Judge, Stanton, D.D., Severino and others, but they find themselves at 20-14, playing as if there were no injuries at all. Mariners rookie pitcher Kikuchi (1-1 3.98 ERA) is coming off the best start of his young career, striking out ten and giving up one earned run through seven innings. He has been solid against lefties all season, but righties are doing well against him with a .264 batting average and a .182 ISO. The Yankees are projected to pitch Jonathan Loaisiga (1-0 2.70 ERA) who has been nothing but solid in his 3 starts. The only problem is that the Yankees have not let him pitch farther than the 4th inning. As a result, we should see great value in the Yankees money line and I will be taking it.
Kansas City Royals @ Houston Astros
One thing I love to target in baseball are solid pitchers in bounce back spots. They always have an added edge in their first game back. Houston’s projected pitcher Peacock, is coming off a horrific start against the Twins, allowing seven runs in 3.2 innings before being pulled. He has been up and down all season, but has stayed solid against right handed bats. As long as he navigates around Mondesi and Gordon, he should have a great bounce back game. Peacock isonly allowing a .192 batting average against right handed hitters. He also has the Astros lineup backing him up and facing Jorge Lopez (0-3 5.09 ERA). Lopez should get rocked, as he has allowed 4 runs in each of his last 4 starts. The Astros bats are also hotter than ever, scoring over six runs in four of their last six games. To cap it off the Astros are currently 11-3 at home this season.