Our resident MLB handicapping professional takes a look at totals in Wednesday's slate. Join us in reading this revealing betting preview article that includes a pair of valuable picks.
Phillies (Williams) vs. Blue Jays (Dickey) 7:05 PM ET
Jerome Williams will make his second start since returning from a five week stint on the DL due to an injured hamstring. Williams has an extremely poor 2015 performance line thus far. The veteran right-hander has a sizable 6.28 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in fifteen starts. He’s been even worse over his previous seven with a 7.91 ERA. The Phillies are 1-7 on the road this season with Williams as their starter. The Philadelphia hurler was a major contributor to that lack of success by posting a substantial 8.05 ERA, 1.87 WHIP, and allowing 8 home runs in just 38.0 innings pitched. That’s not good news for the Phillies since Williams will be facing one of the best power hitting teams in baseball on Wednesday. Toronto has smashed 131 home runs this season, and that includes an impressive 71 in 48 home games.
For whatever reason, R.A. Dickey has pitched much better during the day than at night in 2015. During eleven night game starts Dickey has posted a lofty 4.79 ERA. The knuckleball specialist will be facing a red-hot hitting team (Phillies) today that’s scored 5 runs or more in four of its last five, and six of their previous eight games.
I look for this to be a high scoring game, and one of my MLB picks on Wednesday will reflect that prediction. According to the MLB betting odds at Heritage, they’re providing me with the best price regarding this specific wager.
MLB Pick: Play on the Phillies and Blue Jays Over 9.5 (+105) at Heritage.
Reds (DeScalfini) vs. Cardinals (Lackey) 8:15 PM ET
Anthony DeScalfini has struggled in recent starts, but his 2015 resume on the road is rock solid. DeScalfini has a stellar 2.67 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in ten away game starts. Cincinnati has seen four of their five games played at Busch Stadium this season go under the total.
John Lackey has been lights out in his eleven starts at home this year with an impressive 1.97 ERA. Lackey is in great form over his previous four starts overall, posting an excellent 1.30 ERA in those outings. The Cardinals have struggled offensively of late, averaging 2.1 runs per game, and hitting a dismal .206 as a team over their last seven. On a positive note pertaining to those previous seven, they also allowed just an average of 2.1 runs per game. St. Louis is an incredible 35-14-2 under the total at home this year.
I like this game to be a low scoring affair. The MLB odds board at 5Dimes currently has the cheapest price.
MLB Pick: Play on the Reds and Cardinals Under 7.5 (-115) at 5Dimes.