Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB Preview

by Big Al Staff

The Wednesday card is the first time since July 29th that there is not an NBA or NHL game available for bettors. Major League Baseball commands the stage today with sixteen games on the schedule including the seven-inning doubleheader between St. Louis and Milwaukee with the first pitch for the first game taking place at 5:10 PM ET.

The action begins at 1:10 PM ET with Washington playing at Tampa Bay. The Nationals will be using Austin Voth as their starting pitcher. The Rays will be opening with Pete Fairbanks with Josh Fleming expected to come on in the second inning to serve as their bulk inning pitcher.

ESPN takes advantage of the dearth of competing sporting events with a triple-header. Their opening game starts at 4 PM with the Los Angeles Dodgers playing at Petco Park against the San Diego Padres in a battle of the two teams with the best record in the National League. San Diego saw their eight-game winning streak snapped in the opening game of this series yesterday in a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers. Los Angeles begins today with a 1 1/2 game lead over the Padres in the NL West race. They had planned to send out Dustin May as their starting pitcher but it looks like Brusdar Graterol will instead work as the opener before May comes in to serve as the bulk inning pitcher. May was struck in the leg by a line drive in his last start on Thursday in Arizona so this is a way for manager Dave Roberts to lighten the workload today for his promising “Gingergaard.” San Diego had penciled in Chris Paddack to pitch this game but after the loss manager, Jayce Tingler decided to give his right-handed another couple days of rest to rehabilitate his sprained right ankle. Tingler has opted for a bullpen day with rookie Adrian Morejon being the opener.  BookMaker lists the Dodgers as of this writing as a -111 favorite with the over/under set at 9.

The second game on ESPN presents the New York Mets sending Jacob DeGrom to the mound in Philadelphia to face the Phillies. DeGrom may be on pace for another National League Cy Young Award with his 1.67 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP which has helped lead to a 4-1 record for him this season. Philadelphia counters with Zack Wheeler who will be making his first start since September 7th after splitting the fingernail of the middle finger of his pitching hand in a bizarre wardrobe malfunction incident. The right-hander is 4-0 in eight starts with the Phillies this summer with a 2.47 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  BookMaker lists the Mets as a -170 favorite with a 7.5 total.

The nightcap on ESPN will feature the second game of the Diamondbacks/Angels series. Arizona won the first game of this series last night with their 9-8 victory. Caleb Smith makes his second start for the team after making two appearances each lasting three innings after being to start this season with COVID. He has a 3.00 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP in his six innings so far this year. Los Angeles counters with Dylan Bundy who continues his breakout season with his 5-2 record along with a 2.48 ERA.  BookMaker lists the Angels as a -212 favorite with the total set at 9. This game is scheduled to start at 9:40 PM ET.

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