MLB Wednesday Recap: It’s a ‘Dogs Day’ at the Ballpark
Bettors Scoop With Cincinnati, Baltimore, Winning Day for Dogs
Underdogs slightly outperformed the competition on Wednesday, going 8-7 straight up. Four MLB teams won with odds of +120 or longer, proving there’s good value on the MLB betting board. Let’s dive in deeper to the results in our MLB Wednesday recap.
Slight Edge for ‘Dogs
At +134, the Cincinnati Reds overcame the longest odds in our MLB Wednesday recap, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 10-3. Rookie shortstop Matt McLain went 2-for-5 with a home run as part of an 18-hit attack, as St. Louis left-hander Steven Matz dropped to 0-6 per MLB stats. Seven different Reds had multiple hits, including first baseman Spencer Steer, who was 4-for-5.
The Baltimore Orioles also won, beating the New York Yankees 9-6 despite +130 odds. Second baseman Adam Frazier’s three-run homer keyed an eight-run seventh inning for the Orioles, who improved to an MLB-best 32-17 against the run line.
Three other teams won with odds of +110 or longer: Brewers (+110), White Sox (+120), Nationals (+125),
Victory to the Overs
MLB teams combined to average 8.8 runs, with the Over going 8-7 in our MLB Wednesday recap. Overs are now 361-358-30 on the MLB season. Seven of the 15 games featured at least 10 total runs.
Miami and Colorado had the highest projected run total at 11. The teams managed to cash in with room to spare, as the Marlins won 10-2. Miami capped the scoring with a three-run seventh inning.
Baltimore’s 9-6 win over New York was the highest-scoring game on the slate, followed by Cincinnati’s 10-3 victory over St. Louis.
Mets’ Struggles Grow
Rookie catcher Francisco Alvarez went deep again for the Mets, but New York fell back to .500 (25-25) with its 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The Mets also dropped to 17-33 against the run line, the worst record in baseball.
The bottom five also includes Kansas City (18-33), Oakland (19-32), Miami (19-31) and Philadelphia (19-30).
Additionally, the Mets — who managed just four hits off right-hander Marcus Stroman — failed again to score in the first inning. They have just 10 first-inning runs on the season, fewer than all 29 other MLB teams and five individual players: Ronald Acuna Jr., Jonathan India, Aaron Judge, Mookie Betts, Paul Goldschmidt. New York is an MLB-worst minus-32 in the opening frame.
McClanahan Keeps Rolling
Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan became baseball’s first eight-game winner, throwing seven strong innings in a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. McClanahan (8-0, 1.97 ERA) allowed just one run on four hits and struck out seven. In the process, Tampa Bay improved to 36-15 overall, the best MLB record.
As a result of his strong start, McClanahan has seen his American League Cy Young odds shrink to +700, the third-shortest price on the board behind Gerrit Cole (+275) and Shohei Ohtani (+450). That’s down from +1200 in spring training.
McClanahan’s 75 strikeouts are tied for fifth in baseball, trailing Spencer Strider (97), Kevin Gausman (81), Ohtani (80) and Mitch Keller (77).
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