mid-week major-league games:
The under proved to be a strong play in Tuesday’s action,
going 4-10-1 on a night buoyed by shutouts from the Chicago
Cubs (+158), San Francisco Giants (-235) and Seattle Mariners
(-203). More than 55 percent of games have gone under in the
past seven days.
Kershaw a Trend Buster
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw looks to
continue bucking his team’s recent trend as he leads visiting
Los Angeles (-218, 7) into Arizona Wednesday. The Dodgers are
0-3 over/under in Kershaw’s last three starts, but are 9-3 O/U
in all other games during that stretch.
AL West powers meet Thursday night as the Los Angeles
Angels open a four-game series with the Oakland Athletics.
Oakland has an 8-4 straight up advantage in the head-to-head
series so far in 2014, with the teams combining to go 7-4-1 O/U
in that span.
* New York Mets righty Zach Wheeler has been
as dependable as they come heading into Wednesday’s encounter
with the visiting Atlanta Braves (-122, 6.5). Wheeler has has
allowed two runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 starts, while
going at least six innings all but once in that span.
* New York Yankees right-hander Hiroki
Kuroda is on an under roll as he prepares to face the
host Detroit Tigers on Thursday night. Kuroda is 0-5 O/U in his
last five starts, though the Yankees are just 2-3 over that
span – including two losses as favorites.
* Watch out for New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby
Ellsbury, who is batting .444 with three homers, seven
RBIs and three stolen bases over his last seven days. Ellsbury
will likely take his regular spot at the top of the lineup for
Wednesday’s game versus the Tigers (-173, 7.5)
* Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones will look to
exploit a favorable matchup Thursday as the Orioles face the
Tampa Bay Rays. Jones is batting .333 with four homers in 42
career at-bats against Rays starter Jeremy
Houston Astros (1-6 O/U): The Astros have seen
their share of solid pitching performances during a 3-4
stretch, allowing just five combined runs in the wins while
scoring a paltry five runs in the losses. Houston is 63-67-3
O/U for the season entering Wednesday’s game against visiting
Oakland (-160, 8.5).
Prop of the Day
Feeling brave? Take a shot on the host Diamondbacks defeating
Kershaw and the Dodgers by more than two runs, a prop that pays
a whopping +800. Kershaw’s worst start of the season came at
Chase Field back on May 17, when he allowed seven runs in just
1 2/3 innings.
* New York Mets third baseman David
Wright told reporters Tuesday his shoulder isn’t
100 percent, a development that has contributed to his recent
slump at the plate. Wright has missed nine games this season,
with the Mets going 3-6 SU, 4-5 O/U and -172 units in those
* Rockies left-hander Jorge De La
Rosa left Tuesday’s start against the San
Francisco Giants with a left thumb contusion, and is
questionable to make his next start. Colorado went on to lose
the game 3-0, dropping to 0-5 SU in De La Rosa’s last five road
WAG of the Day
Angela Rypien is the girlfriend of Seattle
Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker.
* Wind at PNC Park will blow out to center field at 7 mph for
Wednesday’s game between the host Pittsburgh Pirates (+112,
7.5) and the St. Louis Cardinals. Teams averaged 1.58 home runs
under similar conditions in 2013 – well above stadium averages
– but batted just .229.
Umpire Note of the Day
Seattle is just 1-11 in its last 12 games with umpire Tim
Timmons behind home plate. Timmons will call the balls and
strikes Wednesday when the Mariners (-170, 7.5) entertain the
** Odds, stats, weather forecasts and probable pitchers as
of 11:10 a.m. ET Wednesday.