Two of the teams that are fighting for their right to go to the playoffs in the American League East will fight it out on Wednesday on getaway day for MLB betting fans, as the Baltimore Orioles face the New York Yankees.
The Orioles know that it is going to be difficult to get into the playoffs this year in the AL, especially after watching the likes of the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers go out and make big time splash types of trades. It is clear that the AL got better, but Baltimore wasn’t one of those teams improving. There is a great chance here to take another game from the Bronx Bombers in what could prove to be a relatively favorable pitching matchup. Zach Britton is going to be facing the Yanks for the fifth time in his young career on Wednesday. The lefty was only just called back up to the majors, and he has made three starts since coming back to the bigs. He is 1-0 with a 5.74 ERA, but there are some major concerns about his control. He has 11 walks in just 15.2 innings, and he only has eight strikeouts to offset it. Needless to say, that isn’t going to cut it against these Yankees, though at least we know that New York isn’t exactly trotting out the pride and joy of its rotation either.
The Yankees stayed surprisingly quiet at the trade deadline, and they look like they are going to have a go at with the team that they brought into Spring Training. Joba Chamberlain is coming back to the bullpen this week, and on Wednesday, Phil Hughes is going to be on the bump. Hughes has a 10-8 mark through his first 20 starts this year, but he really hasn’t had a heck of a lot of quality outings. A 4.08 ERA is rather average, and a 1.23 WHIP and .252 batting average against aren’t much to write home about either. Still, Hughes is allowing less than a base hit per inning, and he has only issued 29 free passes this year. The problem comes with the long ball. Historically, Hughes has struggled mightily giving up homers, and this year is the worst of the bunch. He already has a career-worst 25 dingers allowed, and going against this Baltimore lineup won’t make matters any easier.
Still, giving the Orioles – who are here to compete for the rest of the year in our eyes – this type of a point spread on their side is a bit ludicrous. There has to be at least a two in five chance that the O’s find a way to win this game, and that makes it more profitable for us to back them than it does the Yankees at home. Baltimore 4 – New York 3