Major League Baseball returns to break the midweek fuzzies with another day of top-tier action.
The Boston Red Sox scored 16 runs against the Chicago White Sox last night in their awakening from an early-season lull, while the San Francisco Giants came out on top of the New York Mets 13-12 in a shootout on the West Coast.
Here are the best MLB games to bet on Wednesday.
Boston Red Sox +1.5 vs. Chicago White Sox
The Red Sox’s massive victory Tuesday tacked onto a six-game winning streak, bringing them to 20-22 on the season as they continue to climb up the American League East ladder.
They are hitting the ball much better as a team and have managed to turn in quite impressive performances on the mound, both of which have contributed to their recent hot stretch. Rich Hill (1-1, 3.90 ERA) will have the opportunity to continue Boston’s winning streak, but on the off chance he fails, spot them a run and a half.
The White Sox are an even 21-21 despite being a popular preseason pick to take the AL Central en route to a potential World Series appearance.
Their biggest hindrance is their offense, which needs to do everything to near perfection to score big results, whereas other teams are able to “cheat” or get bailed out by power hitters that can turn losing affairs on their head at the drop of a hat.
Lucas Giolito (2-1, 2.84 ERA) will be looking for revenge against the Red Sox as the first Chicago player on the mound Wednesday.
Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels ML
The Angels have won three straight games, including game one against the Rangers, contributing to their 27-17 season record.
They are one of the most electrifying clubs in the land, combining powerful batting with effective base-running and opportunity conversion. Reid Detmers (2-1, 4.15 ERA) will toe the rubber for L.A. when the game starts.
The Rangers have been a bit of an upset team thus far but have also lost three straight games. They did manage to sweep LA in a three-game series recently, but their deficiencies make this more of an aberration than a trend.
Glenn Otto (1-2, 5.55 ERA) will have to slow down one of the league’s best offenses and find his command of the plate to have a chance.
Philadelphia Phillies +1.5 vs. Atlanta Braves
The Phillies pooled a bunch of offensive talent together in the offseason, which always gives them a chance regardless of who they are playing.
They are sub-par defensively and can go missing for stretches, but they have also turned up against top teams, recently against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ranger Suarez (4-2, 4.12 ERA) will get the start Wednesday night.
The Braves are the reigning World Series champions but also only have a record of 20-23, which is a scary sign for loyalists.
They can be victimized both offensively and defensively and do not have a real ace in the hole, although Ronald Acuna has been playing well since returning from injury. Charlie Morton (3-3, 4.95 ERA) will get the nod for Atlanta.