The MLB season is winding down, but there a few playoff hopefuls in action on Wednesday, and we have picks for two of them, the Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles.
With five of the six divisions in MLB already clinched, the league turns its focus to the wild card race for the remainder of the season.
If you're looking to get a last fix of baseball action in before the playoffs, we have three plays for you to consider tonight:
Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox Odds, Prediction and Pick
Are oddsmakers ever going to give the Orioles the respect they deserve this season?
Baltimore once again finds itself as an underdog against this Boston team, and this may be the most egregious spot, as the O’s have a clear pitching advantage.
Rich Hill has a 5.96 ERA across five starts this month, and he’s failed to go more than five innings in nine of his last 10 starts. Why is that problematic? Well, Boston’s bullpen ranks 25th in baseball in ERA, so no lead is safe even if Hill does pitch well early on.
Meanwhile Dean Kremer has been fantastic as of late, outside of shutting out the best team in the AL in his last start. The young righty has a 2.29 ERA over his last eight outings, allowing three or fewer runs in each game.
I’ll gladly back the O’s to win as underdogs on Wednesday.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers Odds, Prediction and Pick
Jose Quintana has been awesome in his last two starts. He’s gone 14.2 innings without giving up a run. The Cardinals have won the last five games he’s started in, setting up the Cardinals well in this divisional matchup.
However, as good as Quintana has been in his last two games, Brandon Woodruff is a better pitcher when he’s at home. Woodruff is 7-0 at home with a 2.16 ERA. He has an opponent batting average of .185 and certainly has the edge on the mound tonight.
The Brewers need this game to take a huge step in the playoff race, but I don’t know if I can fully trust them with Quintana on the other side.
I’ll back the UNDER in this one and watch both pitchers do their thing.
New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays Odds, Prediction and Pick
As a Jays fan, it pains me to do this, but there's no way in hell I can bet on Toronto when Mitch White is pitching. A month ago, while visiting the city, I had to sit through a Mitch White start that ended in a 12-0 loss against the Angels. Disgusting.
Since that start, he's now allowed at least three earned runs in five straight starts. His ERA sits at 5.12 heading into Wednesday night's game, and now he has to face one of the best offenses in baseball in the Yankees.
The Blue Jays should also start to worry about their bullpen. They rank 16th in bullpen ERA (4.00) dating back to Aug. 1, so even if White can survive his start, the Yankees will have plenty of opportunities to score when the bullpen enters the game.
Snag the Yankees as favorites to close out this series.