Results: W, $200Analysis:
There's a class difference between these two teams. Yet the game is
priced competitively because Ubaldo Jimenez is pitching for
Baltimore, the Reds are home and starting Amir Garrett, who has
looked good in the early going.
The 33-year-old Jimenez can give the Reds problems, though, with
his assortment of pitches and veteran savvy especially since many
of the young Cincinnati hitters don't have experience with him.
Jimenez had success against the Reds when he was in the National
League going 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in six career starts. It's easy to
rip Jimenez, but Baltimore is 7-1 in his last eight
As far as the Reds being home, I love it that the Orioles get to
hit in Great American Ball Park. The Orioles are an elite
power-hitting team and Great American Ball Park is an elite
hitter's park especially for home run hitters. The Reds have lost
35 of their last 51 interleague games versus a right-handed starter
and are 5-11 during their past 16 home interleague
Garrett, a 24-year-old rookie, has been a pleasant surprise during
his first two big league starts. Those outings though were against
the Cardinals, who have yet to start hitting, and the Pirates, who
rank 26th in runs scored. The Orioles now have a couple games of
film on Garrett and are a step up for him.
Wednesday Free Play
Giants at Royals Under 8
If the oddsmaker tricked me by making this total 8 instead of
7 1/2 than I congratulate him because he got my money. Because I
certainly can't see more than seven runs being scored here even
though there will be about a 10-15 mph wind blowing out to
The Royals achieved the near impossible on Tuesday: They made
washed-up Matt Cain look good. The Giants won that game with Cain,
2-1, in 11 innings. Now the Royals draw Madison Bumgarner.
Bumgarner could be the second-best lefty in baseball behind
only Clayton Kershaw depending on how you feel about Chris Sale.
Bumgarner has 24 strikeouts in 21 innings this season. Opponents
are batting .222 against him. Kansas City is last in the majors in
runs scored and third-from-the-bottom in batting average. The
Royals haven't scored more than three runs in six of their last
The Giants have managed just five runs in their last three
games. They've been held to three runs or less in five of their
past seven games.
Royals starter Jason Vargas hadn't been healthy in two years.
Now he's finally 100 percent again and has looked sharp in two
starts giving up just one run in 13 2/3 innings with 14 strikeouts.
He's backed by one of the best defensive teams in baseball. Perhaps
it's somewhat of a coincidence, but the under has cashed in Vargas'
last nine starts.
The under has also cashed in eight of the last nine games John
Tumpane has been behind the plate. He's slated to be the home plate
Pick Made: Apr 19 2017 8:18AM PST