The MLB schedule for this Wednesday night features a number of great matchups, and MyBookie has added even more action to the slate by releasing a number of team prop odds in conjunction with the games. I have dug down deep into the stats, facts and betting trends for all of these team props to uncover a few picks where teams should be able to capitalize on current form and overall performance as compared to the betting odds on the board.
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Total Toronto Blue Jays Runs: 4.5 (-105 Over & -125 Under)
The Blue Jays are on the road this week against the Chicago White Sox for an extended four-game series. The two teams have already split the first two contests with Toronto losing the first game 4-2 only to rebound on Tuesday night to win 2-1. This mini scoring drought for the highest-scoring team in the majors followed a five-game span in which this power lineup accounted for a total of 36 runs.
Toronto is averaging 5.4 runs through its first 86 games this season, while the White Sox are ranked 11th in the AL in team ERA (4.03), so it is just a matter of time until the Blue Jays starting matching that kind of production in this series. Chicago could help the cause with John Danks as its scheduled starter for Wednesday night. Through 15 starts this season, he has an ERA of 4.95.
The total for this game has been set at 8.5, and I am going with the "over" on Toronto's team prop odds of 4.5 runs.
Total Chicago Cubs Runs: 3.5 (+105 Over & -135 Under)
The Cubs are playing host to the best team in baseball, and they have already won two of three games against NL Central rival St. Louis following a two-game sweep in Tuesday's scheduled double-header. Chicago won the first game 7-4 and followed that up with a 5-3 victory in Game 3 of this four-game series. Prior to this offensive explosion, the Cubs had exceeded two runs in only two of their previous 13 games.
Chicago has struggled to score runs all season long with a total of 326 through 83 games, which is ranked 11th in the NL. Before Tuesday's 12-run tally, the Cubs had scored a grand total of just 26 runs in 10 previous games against the Cardinals this season. Making things even more difficult is the fact that Chicago will be facing St. Louis starter Michael Wacha in Wednesday night's series final. Wacha is 10-3 on the year with an ERA of 2.66. On June 27, the right-hander held the Cubs to just one earned run on six hits in six innings of work to pick up his 10th win of the year.
The total for this game has been set at 6.5, and I am going with the "under" on Chicago's team prop odds of 3.5 runs.
Team to Score First: Houston (-115) vs. Cleveland (-115)
The Astros have split the first two games of this four-game series against Cleveland with a 9-4 victory in Game 1 followed by a 2-0 loss on Tuesday night. In the series opener, the Astros jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning and cruised from there. The bats went silent on Tuesday against Indians' starter Corey Kluber for the first 6 2/3 innings and it stayed quiet until the final out in the top of the ninth.
Houston has been one of the more prolific scoring teams in the AL this season with an average of 4.5 runs a game, while Cleveland is much farther down the list with a scoring average of 3.9 runs.
The moneyline betting odds for Wednesday night's game have the Astros listed as +120 road underdogs with Dan Straily getting the start. The betting odds on Cleveland are set at -130 with Trevor Bauer on the mound. The clear edge in this matchup goes to the Indians with Bauer, but he has been tagged for a total of 13 earned runs over his last three starts.
I cannot see Houston's bats staying quiet for a second game in a row, and I am also banking on another fast start with a play on the Astros' scoring first in this team prop.
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