MLB betting tips: 4 picks and predictions for Wednesday
Guy Giles makes his MLB predictions for Wednesday's schedule, with four picks on the money line.
The Angels smashed 14 runs to win the first of this three-game set on Tuesday, and should take the series behind the arm of Shohei Ohtani.
The two-way phenom is the current favourite for AL MVP amid a season in which he has racked up 40 home runs and maintained a sub-three ERA.
Ohtani has taken the win in each of his last four starts to go to 8-1 on the season, and should have little trouble against Baltimore.
The Orioles are the only team in the majors yet to reach 40 wins, and have lost 19 in a row.
That losing streak is the joint-longest in MLB since 2005, and with games against the Angels and Tampa Bay Rays coming up, Baltimore could break the modern era record of 23 straight defeats.
The Angels are not in particularly good form themselves, going 5-5 over their last 10 to fall further out of wild card contention in the AL, but they should win this.
Neither of these teams are likely to make the postseason at this point, with the Nationals 13.5 games back on a wild card spot and the Marlins four games behind them.
The Marlins are in a particularly tough spot at the moment, losing eight on the bounce amid a period in which their rotation has been decimated by injuries and other issues.
Top prospect Edward Cabrera has been called up to make his major league debut in this one, having gone 3-4 with a 2.93 ERA in the minors this season.
Cabrera is ranked as the No. 30 prospect in all of baseball, but may struggle to get the run support he needs on debut from an offense averaging two runs a game through its last five.
Starting for Washington is recent trade acquisition Josiah Gray, who has been impressive in his four starts in DC.
Gray is 0-1 during that period, giving up no more than three runs in each start while striking out 22.
San Francisco shut out New York to win the first game of this series 8-0, and looks a good bet to wrap things up on Wednesday.
The Giants remain the only team in the majors on 80 wins this season, while the Mets have lost eight of their last 10 to drop 6.5 games back in the NL East.
This should be a very even pitching battle between Johnny Cueto and Taijuan Walker, who hold 7-6 and 7-8 records respectively.
Their ERAs are also very similar, with Cueto operating at 3.89 and Walker at 3.86 on the season.
This game, then, is likely to come down to who has the hottest bats, and that is clearly San Francisco.
The Giants have won three in a row and seven of their last 10, and will be looking to remain clear of the surging Dodgers in the tight NL West.
The Dodgers are the hottest team in the National League, winning 14 of their last 16 to move within 2.5 games of the Giants at the top of the NL West.
That run includes a 5-2 win in the opening game of this three-game series against divisional rivals the Padres, who are hanging onto a wild card spot by just a game as things stand.
San Diego has won just two of its last 10 to drop out of contention for the NL West title, and will need to secure that wild card berth to make the postseason.
This will be a high-quality pitching matchup, with Blake Snell starting for the Padres and Walker Buehler on the mound for the Dodgers.
Snell endured a tough start to his first season in a Padres uniform but has been pitching nicely of late, earning three wins in his last six starts while bringing his ERA below five.
Buehler holds the edge here, though. The Cy Young candidate is 13-2 on the season with a 2.11 ERA, and is 6-1 through his last 10 starts.
Buehler has conceded two runs or fewer in nine of those 10 games, and has pitched seven innings in five of his last seven.