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MLB Today: Reds Go After 11th Straight

Will Hitters Rebound After Tough Night at the Office?

Pitchers had the upper hand on Tuesday with nine of the 15 games finishing under the total and that included the Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays, and Kansas City Royals posting shutouts. While looking at the MLB picks, the Baltimore-Toronto, Cincinnati-Colorado, and Boston-Minnesota games featured the most offense.

The Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants continue to defy the MLB predictions thanks to the two longest active winning streaks in the majors. Cincinnati has won 10 games in a row with the Giants winning nine games in a row. The Pittsburgh Pirates have dropped eight straight games.

MLB Today: Reds Go After 11th Straight
TJ Friedl #29 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts after hitting a double in the fifth inning/Jeff Dean/Getty Images/AFP

When it comes to the MLB news, the most intriguing pitching matchup on Wednesday could be the one featuring reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Sandy Alcantara of the Miami Marlins and American League strikeout leader Kevin Gausman of the Toronto Blue Jays. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the MLB odds have that game with a total of seven, the lowest of Wednesday’s matchups.

When looking at the MLB playoff odds, the Atlanta Braves (+450) have the best odds to win the World Series. The National League-leading Braves are followed by the Tampa Bay Rays at +500. The Los Angeles Dodgers come in at +650 with the Houston Astros priced at +900.

Party Like It is 1940

The Cincinnati Reds made it 10 straight wins as T.J. Friedl, Elly De La Cruz, and Will Benson all hit home runs in an 8-6 win over the Colorado Rockies for the franchise’s longest winning streak since a 10-game run in 2012.

Cincinnati hasn’t won 11 games in a row since 1940 and look to match that streak when rookie Andrew Abbott looks to remain undefeated in Wednesday’s matchup. Abbott is 3-0 with an 0.00 ERA in three starts this season.

Friedl and De La Cruz combined for seven hits in the win as Cincinnati remained in first place in the National League Central Division. The sportsbook priced the Reds at +5000 to win the division title coming into the season. The Reds led 8-2 in the sixth inning before Colorado made things interesting.

The San Francisco Giants made it a second consecutive walk-off win as a walk to Joc Pederson with the bases loaded in the ninth inning gave the Giants a 4-3 win over San Diego. It was the ninth win in a row for the Giants, who are just 2½ games in back of Arizona in the National League West race.

The longest active winning streak in the American League belongs to the Boston Red Sox after Masataka Yoshida and Carlos Arroyo combined for eight hits, two home runs, and seven RBIs in a win over Minnesota. Boston goes after its seventh straight win and could climb out of the American League East cellar with a win and a loss by the Toronto Blue Jays.

What a Turnaround

Apparently, the move from the New York Yankees to the Baltimore Orioles agreed with veteran outfielder Aaron Hicks.

Hicks hit .188 with three extra-base hits in 28 games with the Yankees this season before being released. Baltimore was looking for another veteran bat in the lineup and took a chance on a player who spent eight seasons with their division rivals.

Hicks had two hits, a home run, and four RBIs as Baltimore topped the Tampa Bay Rays 8-6. Hicks is now batting .340 with the Orioles. He has more runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, and walks in 17 games with Baltimore than he had in 28 games with the Yankees.

Stroman Keeps It Going

Is there a hotter pitcher right now than Marcus Stroman of the Chicago Cubs?

Stroman allowed five hits and no runs in seven innings in a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has now won his last seven starts with a 1.29 ERA during that time. He didn’t allow a run in three of those games.

MLB strikeout leader Spencer Strider of the Atlanta Braves added nine more strikeouts to his total as he allowed one run in six innings in a win over Philadelphia to snap the Phillies’ six-game winning streak.

Kansas City’s Daniel Lynch picked up his first win of the season in impressive fashion as he allowed one hit in seven innings in a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers. He had allowed 15 runs over the previous three games.

Yusei Kikuchi and Eury Perez both pitched six scoreless innings in the Toronto-Miami matchup. They allowed five hits between them and struck out 15. Another pitching matchup took place in Los Angeles as Clayton Kershaw threw seven scoreless innings as the Dodgers topped the Angels 2-0. Reid Detmers also had seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts.

Gerrit Cole, listed by the MLB betting lines as one of the front-runners in the American League Cy Young Award race, surrendered just one run and struck out eight while pitching into the eighth inning for just the second time this season.

Wednesday’s Best Bets

Kevin Gausman of the Toronto Blue Jays has pitched into the seventh inning on seven occasions this season. He is priced at +135 to go over 18½ outs when he goes against a Miami Marlins team that was held to six hits on Tuesday.

Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves has been stuck on 15 home runs for the last five games. He has a .361 average with four of his 13 hits against Philadelphia pitcher Aaron Nola being home runs, so it is worth taking Acuna at +350 to hit a home run on Wednesday.

The Yankees have struck out 43 times over the last five games and now face Seattle’s Luis Castillo on Wednesday. Castillo has had at least eight strikeouts in five games this season and he carries +110 moneyline odds to go over 7½ strikeouts.

It has been tough going for Baltimore catcher Adley Rutschman against the Tampa Bay Rays. He is just 2-of-13 with five strikeouts versus the Rays this season. He has walked four times and that alone makes it worth going with the +145 odds for Rutschman to go over 1.5 total bases.

Injury Update

Here’s a look at the injuries that could impact Wednesday’s action.

Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen missed Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs with an elbow injury and outfielder Bryan Reynolds was out with back tightness. They are both questionable for Wednesday’s contest. For the Cubs, Miguel Amaya is questionable with a hand injury.

Atlanta Braves catcher Sean Murphy has missed the last two games with a tender hamstring and is questionable for the matchup with Philadelphia.

Lamonte Wade of the San Francisco Giants is questionable with tightness in his right side.

Seattle shortstop J.P. Crawford left Tuesday’s matchup with the New York Yankees with a shoulder issue and he is questionable for Wednesday’s game.

Minnesota outfielder Michael Taylor has missed the last two games with a head injury.

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