The Nationals and Yankees get together for the final game of their quick two-game interleague series tonight in The Bronx with all signs pointing to an offensive explosion. We break down the day's complete MLB schedule with in-depth analysis, tips and our favorite picks in today's edition of MLB Daily Line Drive.
Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies (-135, 8.5)
The Rockies and Phillies play the middle game of their three-game series Wednesday evening at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The Phils took the opener 5-4 on yet another great performance by starting pitcher Aaron Nola.
Philly will turn to another one of their solid young arms Wednesday night - this time Nick Pivetta will get the ball. Pivetta has endured a couple of tough road losses in his last two outings, however this is a perfect bouce-back spot at home. Pivetta owns a team win/loss of 5-2 and an ERA of 2.20 in seven home starts this season.
The Rockies will counter with a struggling Tyler Anderson who owns a team win/loss of 1-5 in his last six starts and an ERA of 5.82 over that same span of games.
The Phillies inch closer to the top in the National League East with another win today over the Rockies.
Pick: Phillies -135
Washington Nationals at New York Yankees (-200, 9.5)
The Nationals and Yankees wrap up their mini two-game interleague series tonight at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks took the opener 3-0, however we should expect plenty more offense Wednesday.
Erick Fedde will get the unenviable position of attempting to contain the "Baby Bombers". Fedde made his only start of the season three weeks ago and allowed three runs over 5.2 innings in a loss to the Padres. In four career starts he owns an ERA of 8.14 and a WHIP of 1.9048.
Sonny Gray gets the call for the Yanks and he's coming off a couple of decent road starts, but his numbers at Yankee Stadium this season have been awful with a 7.22 ERA, a 1.88 WHIP, and an opponent's on-base percentage of .393.
The wind will be blowing out to left at 8-10 miles per hour which should help the ball carry even better in The Bronx.
Pick: Over 9.5
Yesterday’s picks: 1-1
Season Record: 73-69-3
Streaking and Slumping Starting Pitchers
When the 2018 season began many expected the Mariners to be a team that could compete for one of the AL Wild Card spots, but no one could have expected them to be this good. Guys like Gonzalez are the reason for their success.
The lefty has broken out in a big way after bouncing back-and-forth between the bigs and the minors the last four seasons, and his numbers over his last five starts are remarkable. Gonzalez has pitched to a 0.81 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP.
Gonzalez and the Mariners are -105 home favorites this afternoon against the Angels.
For a guy who is trying to increase his stock heading towards the trade line, things haven’t exactly gone the way Hamels has planned.
While the veteran lefty's overall numbers are solid, and his days in Texas are likely numbered either way, his last three starts have been rough. Hamels has a 5.23 ERA in those contests with a 1.26 WHIP and has had trouble keeping the ball in the park, giving up six long balls.
Hamels will try to bounce back tonight in Los Angeles as he and the Rangers take on the Dodgers as +150 dogs.
Wednesday's Top Trends
* Under is 8-1 in Jacob deGrom's last nine starts overall. O/U 7.5 @ ATL.
* Cubs are 6-0 in Mike Montgomery's last six road starts. -105 @ MIL.
* Red Sox are 9-1 in Chris Sale's last 10 road starts vs. a team with a losing record. -225 @ BAL.
* Diamondbacks are 17-2 in Zack Greinke's last 19 home starts vs. a team with a losing record. -152 vs. PIT.
* Twins are 7-0 in Jose Berrios' last seven starts vs. AL Central opponents. -152 @ DET.
* Giants are 1-7 in the last eight meetings vs. Marlins. -115 @ MIA.
* Astros are 6-0 in their last six overall. -210 @ OAK.
Every day is a beautiful day for baseball, but there are some possible showers later in the afternoon in Atlanta and at Camden Yards in Baltimore. There will also be some favorable winds for hitters in Philly, Detroit, and Oakland. Check out Covers MLB Weather page for all the latest ballpark forecast information.
Ump of the Day
Manny Gonzalez will be calling balls and strikes this evening in Kansas City for the game between the Reds and Royals. Despite having an Over/Under record of 4-5 thus far in 2018, Gonzalez has consistantly been one of the top Over umps in baseball over the last few years with an O/U record of 35-13-4 (72.9 percent) in his last 52 games behind home plate.
The total for tonight's game at Kauffman Stadium is set at 9.5.
Wednesday's Top Consensus
Here are the top side and total plays according to the public in our Covers Consensus. Check out up-to-the-minute consensus data for every game here.