mid-week major league games:
The Texas Rangers pulled off one of the most unlikely victories
of the season Tuesday, prevailing 6-3 over the host Oakland
Athletics despite being a whopping +217 underdog. The Rangers
have been a ‘dog of +200 greater twice this season, and won
Is the Price Right?
Detroit left-hander David Price will look to
reverse a disturbing road trend Wednesday as he leads the
Tigers (-179, 7.5) against the host Minnesota Twins. Price is
just 1-3 straight up as a road favorite of -150 or greater,
though he’s 2-0 against Minnesota so far this season.
Blue Jays’ Bronx Beating
The Toronto Blue Jays have struggled mightily at Yankee Stadium
heading into Thursday’s opener of a four-game set in New York.
The Blue Jays are a stunning 7-30 over their previous 37 games
at the hallowed ballpark, though they took two of three there
earlier in the season.
* Chicago lefty Chris Sale looks to
strengthen his Cy Young candidacy Wednesday as he guides the
visiting White Sox (102, 6.5) against the Kansas City Royals.
Sale is 4-2 with a 1.85 ERA since the All-Star break, with the
White Sox going 6-4 SU and 4-6 O/U during that span.
* Oakland right-hander Sonny Gray seeks to build
off back-to-back solid starts Thursday as the Athletics host
the Texas Rangers. Gray has allowed four earned runs on nine
hits over his previous 15 innings; the Athletics are 2-7 SU in
his last nine outings overall.
* The Detroit Tigers have been mashing this month as they
prepare to square off against the Twins. Miguel
Cabrera and J.D. Martinez are
tied for the major-league lead with six September home runs,
while Victor Martinez is close behind
* Milwaukee right-hander Kyle Lohse will try to be
extra careful with St. Louis catcher Yadier
Molina when the Brewers visit the Cardinals on
Thursday. Molina is a red-hot 11-for-20 in his career versus
Lohse, with three home runs, eight RBIs and just one
Los Angeles Dodgers (8-1-1 O/U): It has been
an unusual stretch for the Dodgers, who have been the league’s
strongest Over option in the past 10 games despite playing in
three shutouts over that span. Los Angeles is 74-69-8 O/U for
Prop of the Day
Bettors should consider shrinking the total in the White
Sox-Royals tilt to Under 5 (+200). Sale is 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA
in nine road starts in 2014, while Royals counterpart
Yordano Ventura has been one of the strongest
home Under plays of the year at 5-11 O/U.
* The Texas Rangers aren’t sure when outfielder Alex
Rios will return from a thumb injury that has
sidelined him since September 4. The Rangers haven’t fared
badly in his absence, going 5-4 SU, 4-5 O/U and +340 units
* Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley
Ramirez isn’t expected to play Wednesday as he
continues to deal with a nagging elbow injury. Ramirez has
already missed 30 games this season; the Dodgers are 18-12 SU,
11-19 O/U and +456 units over that span.
WAG of the Day
Dallas Latos is the wife of Cincinnati Reds
right-hander Mat Latos.
* Fans at Citi Field will experience winds blowing out to
center field at 5 mph for Wednesday’s game between the host
Mets (-117, 6.5) and the Marlins. Teams combined to score
nearly 12 runs in five games with the wind blowing out to
center field last season.
Umpire Note of the Day
Over is 14-3-1 in umpire Joe West’s last 18 games calling balls
and strikes involving the Yankees. West will be behind home
plate Wednesday when New York (+127, 6.5) visits the Tampa Bay
** Odds, stats, weather forecast and probable pitchers as
of 10:25 a.m. ET Wednesday.