mid-week major league games:
Tanaka Tumbles to Earth
New York Yankees hurler Masahiro Tanaka
suffered his third loss in the past four games Tuesday,
allowing five runs over 6 2/3 frames in a 5-3 defeat in
Cleveland (+143, 7.5 O). Tanaka’s value has taken a hit as a
result; he was once ranked in the top-10 but now finds himself
New Start For McCarthy
Veteran pitcher Brandon McCarthy makes his New
York Yankees debut Wednesday night as he leads the visitors
(+104, 8.5) against Cleveland. McCarthy, who was acquired from
Arizona in a trade, could use the change of scenery – he ranks
third-last among qualified pitchers in value ($-1,115).
Lefty Scott Kazmir takes the hill Thursday as
the Oakland Athletics wrap up a four-game interleague series in
San Francisco. Kazmir has been lights-out at home (6-1, 1.57
ERA, 1-7 O/U) but less so away from Oakland, going 4-2 with a
3.57 ERA and a 6-3 O/U mark in nine road starts.
* Washington starter Tanner Roark would like
to reverse his ugly road trend Wednesday as he leads the
Nationals (+108, 9) into Baltimore. Roark is 3-2 with a 4.44
ERA and a 6-1-1 O/U record away from Nationals Park, compared
to a 4-4 record, a 2.02 ERA and a 2-6-1 record at home.
* Boston Red Sox lefty Jon Lester has caught
fire of late, surrendering just five earned runs over his last
five starts – a span of 37 2/3 innings. Lester and the Red Sox,
who are 5-0 SU and 1-4 O/U in those outings, take on the
visiting Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon.
* Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna
continued his surprising season Tuesday, belting his 15th home
run in the ninth inning of a 2-1 win over Arizona. Miami
improved to 8-7 SU and 9-4-2 O/U when Ozuna goes deep entering
Wednesday’s game against the Diamondbacks (-125, 8.5).
* Lester may be streaking, but he’ll need to be wary of veteran
Paul Konerko on Thursday afternoon. The White
Sox DH/first baseman is 10-for-28 lifetime versus the Red Sox
ace, with three home runs and seven RBIs.
Oakland Athletics (7-2-1 O/U): The only thing
keeping this from being an 8-1-1 stretch for the best team in
baseball is a pair of eighth-inning runs scored in Tuesday’s
6-1 triumph that nudged the total just past 6.5. The Athletics
are 43-43-4 O/U on the season.
Prop of the Day
The San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies face one of the
biggest totals of the season Wednesday, and bettors should
consider going under the 11.5 number at +115. The Padres are
the league’s strongest under play (28-58-4 O/U) for a reason.
* Mets right-handed starter Dillon Gee will
make his return Wednesday after missing the previous two months
with a strained lat. Gee was 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA and a 4-4 O/U
mark in eight starts before suffering the injury.
* Atlanta hopes to have injured catcher Evan
Gattis (back) participating in bullpen sessions over
the weekend. The Braves are 8-3 S/U, 5-6 O/U and a surprising
+368 units in 11 games since Gattis went down with the injury.
WAG of the Day
Amanda McCarthy, wife of new Yankees pitcher
Brandon McCarthy, will need to get used to
life in the Big Apple. She’ll probably do just fine.
* Wind will be blowing out to left field at 9 mph Wednesday
evening at Fenway Park, where the Red Sox host the White Sox.
Teams combined to hit just seven home runs in six games under
similar wind conditions in 2013.
Umpire Note of the Day
The home team is 10-1 in umpire Andy
Fletcher’s last 11 games involving Cincinnati.
Fletcher will call the balls and strikes Wednesday when the
Reds (-176, 7.5) host the Chicago Cubs.
** Odds, stats, weather forecast and probable pitchers as
of 5 a.m. ET Wednesday.