Boston Red Sox - Xander Bogaerts

Degens Only: Wednesday Plays, May 26

Love them or hate them, the guys behind the plate make or break a lot of our bets. Weather it was a call that was wrong that went in our favor, or one of those, “Are you kidding me” moments, we have all benefited or been let down by the calls these individuals make. The “immortal” Joe West broke the record for the most games umpired last night with 5,376. The game was stopped briefly in the top of the sixth inning after the game became official, and Joe was recognized with a brief ceremony. Thanks for all the years Joe. Now let’s hit a “Grand Slam” with today’s plays.

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Back to Boston: Red Sox ML
I am going to take Boston to bounce back here today. After the tight loss last night, they have one of their better arms going today with Pivetta. He has been solid basically all season, only having one bad game against the Blue Jays. Pivetta’s strikeout numbers have been up this season, which I think has led to most of his success.  If he can continue to average his seven or eight per game, he should have good success. Smyly had a terrible April and has had a better May, but it looks to be done by facing teams more toward the bottom of the league and not the same caliber as the Red Sox. Boston gets to Smyly and evens up this series. Take Red Sox ML.

Runs by the Bay: Pittsburg/Cubs over 8.5
The pitchers going in this one are the main reason for the over here. Both the offenses are average to below average, but with these arms and this low number, there is a good shot that it goes over. Williams hasn’t done the best against the Pirates this season, as he has allowed seven earned runs against them and only lasted seven innings over the course of two starts. Crowe has faced Chicago twice the first game. He didn’t pitch more than an inning allowing one run and the second he did well, allowing two runs. Since that start though Crowe has allowed multiple runs in each start and the amount of runs has increased each start. Together I think these offenses can get over this number. Take the over 8.5.

Welcome to the Garden: Knicks ML
The Garden will be rocking. The Knicks now know they have to deploy most of their effort into stopping Trae Young; a tough task, but one that this defense is capable of accomplishing. The crowd didn’t seem to get in Trea’s head, but we will see how long that can last. I think the Knicks come out firing in this one. They seemed to have the offensive answers for Atlanta.  Expect a more detailed defensive attack on Trae and the Hawks not able to adjust fast enough in this game to take home a 2-0 lead. Take the Knicks ML.

Major Runs: Rays Team Total Over 4
It is clear that Mike Minor is not the same Mike Minor that he was with Texas over the last few seasons. So far this season, he has let up three or more runs in almost all of his starts. In May, he has already let up 13 runs. Tampa has been swinging the bat extremely well over the last 10-15 games and should be able to do that in this game against Minor. Over their last 10 games, the Rays have been hitting left handed pitchers very well.  As a team, they are hitting over a combined .270 with 18 extra base hits. Ultimately, the Rays great hitting continues and they are able to wear down Minor and the Royals pen for more than four runs.  Take the Rays Team Total Over 4.

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