As usual, it’s a full schedule of games this Tuesday with all 30 teams in action. The marquee matchup is likely Angels at Yankees as the Bombers enter on a six-game skid, although they still lead the AL East by 3.5 games. The Halos are hovering around .500 and trying to stay in the wild-card race. Here are three pitching previews, betting picks and latest MLB odds for Tuesday.
When: Tuesday, June 21st, 6:05pm ET
Where: Yankee Stadium, New York City
MLB Odds: TBA
If there’s one major issue for New York it’s the pitching staff and that has played a big role in the six-game losing streak, which includes dropping two of three to open last week at the Angels. The Yanks were then swept four over the weekend at a bad Oakland team. The only good news on the trip was the return of closer Aroldis Chapman on Sunday. He pitched a scoreless inning in Sunday’s loss. He had missed a month with a shoulder injury.
“It’s big,” Manager Joe Girardi said of getting him back. “I talked about, he said he was rusty. He looked pretty good to me today. It’s a big power arm to have back. It lengthens our bullpen.” The Angels got their own excellent reliever back Saturday in Cam Bedrosian.
Who Will the Angels Choose against the Yankees?
Outfielder Mike Trout (thumb) will travel with the Angels’ on their road trip to New York and Boston. Trout is expected to resume swinging next week and could begin hitting off a tee. The reigning AL MVP is still holding out hope of playing in next month’s All-Star Game. Take the Yanks in the MLB odds here behind Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.71) even though he comes off a shaky outing. Pineda gave up five runs on 10 hits for the second time in his three June starts, getting a no-decision June 14 in Anaheim. This month, Pineda has only three strikeouts in 11 innings on the road, but has struck out eight in seven innings at home.
It’s unknown Parker Bridwell for the Angels. Bridwell will make his second career Major League start in place of Matt Shoemaker, who’s on the disabled list with a strain in his right forearm extensor. Bridwell tossed 3 2/3 innings against the Yankees on June 14.
St. Louis Cardinals At Philadelphia Phillies
When: Tuesday, June 21st, 6:05pm ET
Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
MLB Odds: TBA
The Cards should be slight MLB lines favorites here behind Mike Leake (5-6, 3.14), although he hasn’t been quite as strong lately as earlier in the season. After beginning his last start by giving up six runs in the first two innings, Leake held the Brewers scoreless through the next four. But he allowed nine hits and took his fourth straight loss.
Leake has been touched up for 17 earned runs on 31 hits and six walks in his past four starts (24 2/3 innings), seeing his ERA climb from 1.91 to 3.14 in the process. But expect him to rebound against a Phillies club that has the worst record in baseball.
Who Will Take the Mound for Philadelphia?
It’s Jeremy Hellickson for the Phillies. Hellickson lost after allowing six runs on nine hits (one homer) and three walks with one strikeout in five innings Wednesday vs. the Red Sox. Hellickson’s ERA in three June starts is 6.61, just shy of the 7.04 mark he pitched to in May. He’s now 1-5 with 13 home runs allowed in his past nine starts.
Hellickson is 2-2 in four career starts against the Cardinals with a 4.91 ERA. He allowed a season-high 10 hits to St. Louis on June 9, but limited the damage to just three runs while tying a season high with five strikeouts. Go Cards.
Washington Nationals At Miami Marlins
When: Tuesday, June 21st, 6:10pm ET
Where: Marlins Park, Miami
MLB Odds: Washington National at -160 to win the Series
Lefty Gio Gonzalez takes the bump for Washington. He won after giving up two runs on five hits (one homer) and no walks with five strikeouts over seven innings Thursday against the Mets. Gonzalez now sits at 6-1 with a 2.89 ERA through 14 starts this season after showcasing strong control in his third consecutive outing.
The southpaw has now walked just three batters against 19 strikeouts over his last three outings after walking at least three in each of his previous nine trips to the hill. Gonzalez held the Marlins scoreless for six innings on April 6, his first start of 2017.
Which Pitcher Will Be on the Mound for Miami?
Miami’s Edinson Volquez has the only no-hitter in the majors this season. In his last four starts, Volquez is 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA, including his no-hitter on June 3. He is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three June starts. Against his changeup, opponents are hitting .212.
Although, Volquez didn’t factor into the decision after giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits (one homer) and four walks with three strikeouts over four innings Wednesday against the A’s. Marlins should be good underdog value here in the MLB odds.
Tuesday is coming very soon, so check out the MLB odds for these matches and make some extra bank this week. Best of luck and have fun!