NL East a Push Party
The Washington Nationals continued the NL East’s trend of being
baseball’s most frustrating division from a totals perspective,
earning their eighth push of the year in a 7-1 win over
Colorado. The NL East has a combined 35 pushes this year; no
other division has more than 25.
The Boston Red Sox can’t figure out how to score at home,
entering Wednesday’s game with the Cubs (+141, 9) having scored
two runs or fewer in seven straight games at Fenway Park. The
under has been a sensational play there of late, with Boston
1-12 O/U in its last 13 home games.
Marlins Back on Track
The Miami Marlins finally regained their home mojo Tuesday with
a 5-4 win over Philadelphia, halting a five-game slide at
Marlins Park. They’ll look to repeat the feat Wednesday (+109,
7) behind righty Tom Koehler, who is 4-4
against the moneyline and 5-3 O/U in eight home starts.
* JA Happ looks to continue his strong Under
trend at home Wednesday as he leads the Toronto Blue Jays
(-153, 9) into action against Milwaukee. The left-hander is 1-6
O/U in seven starts at the Rogers Centre, and threw 7 2/3
shutout innings to beat the White Sox last time out.
* Brandon McCarthy will try to master a team
other than the San Diego Padres as he take the hill for Arizona
in a Thursday night showdown with host Pittsburgh. McCarthy is
3-0 against the moneyline versus the Padres this season – and
0-14 against everyone else.
* Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout
remains hot, belting his 19th home run in Tuesday’s 8-4 win
over the White Sox. Trout began July on a solid note after
hitting .361 with seven homers and 21 RBIs in June; the Angels
(-129, 9) hope that trend continues in Wednesday’s series
* Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki remains
one of the lone bright spots for a struggling Rockies team,
racking up a pair of homers and six RBIs over his last seven
games. The Rockies are just 2-5 against the moneyline but are
6-1 O/U over that stretch; they host the Dodgers on Thursday.
Arizona Diamondbacks (0-5 O/U): The Padres’
dramatic Under trend is rubbing off on other teams. Arizona and
San Diego combined for just 10 runs in their recent three-game
series, and the Diamondbacks extended their Under run with a
3-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Prop of the Day
Bettors expecting a fast start for Washington on Wednesday may
be inclined to bet the Nationals -1.5 on a three-inning prop at
+185. Starter Doug Fister has a 1.80 ERA in
the first three innings this season, though the Rockies are
batting over .300 in both the first and third innings in 2014.
* The Minnesota Twins have placed first baseman Joe
Mauer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained
oblique. The Twins are 2-3 against the moneyline, 1-4 O/U and
+43 units for the season with Mauer on the sidelines.
* New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira
will wit out Wednesday against Tampa Bay (-117, 9) after having
his troublesome knee drained. New York is 10-10 SU, 11-9 O/U
and a modest +34 units with Teixeira out of the lineup this
WAG of the Day
Laura Cover was a Playboy Playmate and is the
wife of former major leaguer Aaron Boone.
* Wind at Nationals Park for Wednesday’s game between
Washington and Colorado will blow out to center field at 7 mph.
Teams combined for nine runs and 2.22 home runs in nine games
under similar conditions in 2013, well above stadium averages.
* Pittsburgh’s PNC Park will see wind blowing out to center
field at 6 mph for Thursday’s tilt between Pittsburgh and
visiting Arizona. Teams went just 4-8 O/U with the wind blowing
in that direction last season; average runs per game (6.67) was
actually below the stadium average (7.08).
Umpire of the Day
Over is 20-5-1 in umpire Jerry Layne’s last 26 games behind
home plate involving Oakland. Layne will call the balls and
strikes for Wednesday’s tilt between the Athletics (-104, 8.5)
and host Detroit Tigers.
** Odds, stats, weather forecast and probable pitchers as
of 11:30 a.m. ET Wednesday.