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August 4, 2021
Michael Crosson
MLB Expert

MLB Best Bets for Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021

Michael Crosson is locked and loaded with two selections for Wednesday, Aug. 4th.

American League

  • Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (MLB.TV, 7:05 p.m. ET)

National League

  • San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB.TV, 9:40 p.m. ET)

Odds per BetMGM - Subject to Change

Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees

Best Bet: N.Y. Yankees F5 -1.5 RL (-105)

Probable Pitchers (2021 Records)

  • Matt Harvey RHP (6-10, 6.20 ERA)
  • Jameson Taillon RHP (7-4, 4.11 ERA)

For my first play, I’ll take a look at an AL East matchup between the Orioles and Yankees – with Matt Harvey set to take the mound for Baltimore against New York’s Jameson Taillon.

After heading into the All-Star Break 3-10 with a 7.70 ERA (18 GS), Harvey shocked baseball fans nation-wide by catapulting out of the gates to open the second half – considering the Orioles’ right-hander tossed 18 consecutive scoreless innings across his trio of starts against the Royals, Nationals, and Tigers immediately following the mid-season turn (0 ER, 10 H, 11 K, 2 BB).

Prior to his most recent run though, Harvey’s days in the league appeared to be numbered, considering the 32-year-old went 1-8 with a 9.01 ERA across the months of May and June – and while it’s been incredibly entertaining to witness the Dark Knight’s most recent resurgence, I expect to see Harvey return to mediocrity in the near future.

Taillon, on the other hand, was also a bit underwhelming to open the season for New York – as the Yankees’ starter for Wednesday’s affair finished up the first half 4-4 to accompany a career-worst 4.90 ERA across 83 innings of action (17 GS, 45 ER, 81 H, 29 BB).

Since the All-Star Break though, Taillon has been essentially lights out for the Yankees – considering the 6’ 5” right-hander boasts an impressive 3-0 record to go along with a 0.50 ERA across his first three starts of the second half (18 IP, 13 H, 1 ER).

I’ll take the Yankees’ first five innings run line here – as it seems like Harvey is due to get banged around a little bit.

The Yankees rebounded from a series opening loss by pounding the Orioles on Tuesday night. (AP)

San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks

Best Bet: San Francisco -1.5 RL (-105)

Probable Pitchers (2021 Records)

  • Kevin Gausman RHP (9-5, 2.35 ERA)
  • Zac Gallen RHP (1-5, 4.61 ERA)

For my second play, I’ll head out to a matchup between the first and last place teams in the NL West – as Kevin Gausman will take the mound for the division-leading Giants (67-39) against Zac Gallen and the last place Diamondbacks (33-74).

After eight up-and-down seasons with five different teams, Gausman looks like he’s finally found a home in San Francisco – considering the 30-year-old right-hander is currently 9-5 with a 2.35 ERA on the year, which follows up a 3-3, 3.62 ERA campaign last season (10 GS).

In his latest pair of starts though, Gausman got banged around a little bit – as the Pirates and Astros put up nine runs across 8.2 innings of action against him (0-2, 9.35 ERA).

On the other hand, Gallen was magnificent in his first two big-league seasons with the Diamondbacks – as the right-hander entered his current campaign boasting a 2.78 ERA across 27 starts (152 IP).

Throughout this season though, Gallen has struggled more than ever before, considering Arizona’s right-hander enters Wednesday’s contest 1-5 with a 4.61 ERA – which can primarily be attributed to his 5.99 ERA across the months of June and July (7 GS, 0-4).

I’ll take the Giants run line here, as Gausman boasts a 2-0 record to go with a 1.38 ERA in his pair of starts against Arizona this season (13 IP, 9 H, 2 ER) – while Gallen sits at 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA against San Francisco (4.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER).

Best Bet Tracker

  • N.Y. Yankees F5 -1.5 RL (-105)
  • San Francisco -1.5 RL (-105)

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