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MLB Picks For Wednesday, July 27
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Houston Astros At Oakland A’s
The Astros skunked me yesterday due to a combination of poor sequencing and playing their little league lineup. I’m hoping the latter situation and the two-game skid means the starters will be out there again today and they’ll take this one seriously. Assuming that’s the case, the offense should do fine against a middling starter in Cole Irvin.
But where I really see the Astros having an edge is on the other side of the ball, with Cristian Javier facing a right-handed heavy lineup of the A’s. Javier has been incredibly dominant against right-handed batters in his career with a .249 wOBA allowed. That has increased only slightly to .259 this year as he has pitched less out of the pen. The lefties the A’s do have — Stephen Vogt, Vimael Machin and Tony Kemp — scare absolutely nobody, so Javier should have his way today.
Current best price: Astros
Miami Marlins At Cincinnati Reds
I’ve nailed the first two games in this series, so why not try to make it three in a row?
A rare official totals play from me, but I really don’t see these offenses getting much done against these starting pitchers. Luis Castillo has been incredible of late, even better than usual since increasing his fastball usage to more than 40%. It’s been his best pitch with a 1.77 pitch value per 100 and he’s up to 98 on it as his velocity has slowly crept up from the 94 he sat early in the season. The punchless, injury-ravaged Marlins lineup should have little chance. And on the other side, Braxton Garrett has been pretty great for the Fish. It’s pretty tough to fake a 37.8% chase rate and a 31.2% called strike+whiff rate. These are elite figures. The bullpens and the park bring some danger here, but I’ll be surprised if these offenses have any real success.
The market seems to be creeping to the over, though, so you might get a better number than I did.
Current best price: Under
Tampa Bay Rays At Baltimore Orioles
Tyler Wells has been an elite horse and I’m not abandoning him after a couple of subpar recent starts. I have him rated slightly better than Drew Rasmussen, and combined with home field, it was enough to nudge me to a small wager on the Orioles. The market just still seems to be a bit behind on the Orioles after they already won the first two games in this series as small underdogs. When looking over these lineups in particular, I just don’t see much reason to expect the Rays to hit significantly better. The bottom of the lineup is atrocious, filled with guys who really have no business as anything but defensive subs. Even a guy like Isaac Paredes, who was producing big time, has a .291 xWOBA and has meaningfully outperformed his Statcast numbers.
I had this as wrong team favored when the Orioles were underdogs in the overnight markets, but at anything minus, I can’t recommend a play. Keep an eye out for any buy back here.
Current best price: Orioles
St. Louis Cardinals At Toronto Blue Jays
Not an exciting spot here and the market does not seem to be a fan of this play. I just have a hard time getting the Jays quite this big of favorites even without Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado on the field. The Cardinals still have some solid hitters in Dylan Carlson, Tommy Edman, Nolan Gorman and Tyler O’Neill. Yes, Kevin Gausman is great. But basically, with a solid starter on the mound in Adam Wainwright and an MLB-caliber lineup — the unvaxed Royals this is not — I had the Jays at -200. So, if you can get +215 or better, this is worth a small play, although it’s admittedly a tough game to handicap.
Current best price: Cardinals
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