After a nice 2-1 Tuesday, we're ready to roll with some daytime baseball. The Angels about gave us a stroke by blowing a 4-run lead in the bottom of the 9th against the Tigers. Thankfully, the Halos pulled out the win in the 10th to calm our nerves.
The Cubs and Kyle Hendricks got the job done for us pretty easily against the White Sox. Our only loser was on the LAA-DET First 5 innings Under. It was a good lesson that we should stick to sides (ha!).
Here are 3 MLB Best Bets for Wednesday, July 26. Let's do this! Best of luck with all of your action on the diamond today.
We don't normally like to lay juice over -150, but Zach Eflin is worth it in this spot. The young righty is a ridiculously good 10-1 with a 2.10 ERA this year at home. He's also been pretty solid in day games.
On the other hand, Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara has had a rough go of it this season. He's leaving too many pitches up in the zone and hitters are making him pay dearly for it. Alcantara is 0-5 in day games this year with a 4.98 ERA.
Tampa Bay has been struggling, as they've only won 3 of their last 10. However, Miami is also riding the struggle bus to the tune of a 1-9 record since the All-Star break. We'll lay the big wood with Tampa to get our morning started.
We aren't crazy about fading Joe Ryan and his huge strikeout rate, but our numbers say this line should be closer to a pick'em. Rookie Bryce Miller has been fantastic for the M's and we think he's worth a shot at this nice price. The young righty is 3-2 with an ERA of only 1.40 over his last 5 starts.
Ryan has been dominant for Minnesota, but he's been hit around a little of late. He's 3-2 with a 4.00 ERA over his last 5 outings and we think some of these Mariner hitters can give him some trouble.
Julio Rodriguez went deep twice last night as part of Seattle's big comeback win. Look for the M's to build on that positive momentum in this early game. It also doesn't hurt that Seattle's bullpen ranks 1st in MLB in terms of XFIP.
Why is Carlos Rodon still getting priced like a true ace? He's been getting lit up since coming off the IL and we'll keep fading him until he shows signs of life. The veteran lefty issued 5 walks against the Angels last week, which shows that he's having some serious command problems.
We don't know how much Mets starter Jose Quintana has left in the tank, but he looked great in his first start last Thursday. The crafty lefty only allowed 2 runs in 5 innings of work against the White Sox. The Yanks have the better bullpen in this matchup, but that's really their only edge.
The Mets lineup is much more powerful than the Yankees and they proved it last night. Pete Alonso hit 2 homers and he could rough up Rodon early on in this game. Let's take a stab with the Metamucils at this nice price!