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Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 13:58 PM

Wednesday's Diamond Notes

Hottest team: Cardinals (9-1 last 10)

St. Louis is looking to become the second National League team to reach the 20-win mark along with Los Angeles as the Cardinals go for their third victory in three days against the Nationals. In Monday’s opener, the Cards overcame an early 3-0 deficit by scoring six runs in the fifth inning of a 6-3 triumph as +115 underdogs. St. Louis climbed out of another early hole in Tuesday’s 3-2 win by posting three runs in the fourth inning after falling behind, 2-0.

The task won’t be easy in tonight’s Game 3 at Nationals Park as the Cardinals will face Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. Last season’s 18-game winner Miles Mikolas takes the mound for St. Louis, trying to bounce back from a 12-1 loss to Cincinnati his last time out, but the Cardinals have won each of the right-hander’s last two road starts.

Coldest team: Athletics (3-7 last 10)

Oakland wrapped up its recent homestand with a three-game sweep of Texas, but the road woes are showing for the Athletics. First, the A’s were swept for the second time in less than a week by the Blue Jays, including dropping a pair of games in walk-off fashion. Then, Oakland jumped out to a 4-0 lead at Boston on Monday night only to allow nine unanswered runs and fall, 9-4. The A’s were shut down by Rick Porcello in last night’s 5-1 defeat to fall to 4-10 on the road, which doesn’t even include the two losses in Japan to Seattle to begin the season.

The series at Fenway Park wraps up this afternoon as Mike Fiers tries to get lower his bloated ERA of 7.03. The veteran right-hander was terrific in two home starts against the Angels and Red Sox by tossing 12 innings of scoreless baseball and winning twice, but he has given up 20 ER in his last three appearances, while Oakland owns a 1-3 record in his span.

Hottest pitcher: Caleb Smith, Marlins (2-0, 2.17 ERA)

The most consistent pitcher for the worst team in the National League is the southpaw Smith, who defeated the Phillies and Nationals as home underdogs in April. Smith has tossed six innings in four consecutive starts, while allowing a total of two earned runs and striking out 22 batters in his last three outings. The Marlins have won four of Smith’s last five home starts since 2018 as he faces the Indians, who have won six of their past eight road contests.

Coldest pitcher: Ivan Nova, White Sox (0-3, 8.42 ERA)

It’s been a tough first season in Chicago for Nova, who is winless in his opening five starts. The last two appearances have been especially rough for the former Yankee and Pirate right-hander by giving up 22 hits and 15 earned runs in 10.1 innings. Four of Nova’s five starts have come away from the South Side, but his only home start wasn’t one to write home about as he was tagged for seven runs in less than three innings of a 12-5 loss at Seattle. Nova takes the mound in the night-cap of today’s doubleheader with the Orioles, but Chicago enters Wednesday’s action at 5-1 in the past six home contests.

Biggest OVER run: Mariners (7-1-1 last nine)

Seattle has gone backwards since a solid start by losing six of its past eight games, including three straight home losses to Texas and Chicago. After allowing a whopping 29 runs in a pair of weekend blowouts to the Rangers, the Mariners fell short in a 6-5 defeat to the Cubs on Tuesday to cash its third straight OVER. Seattle rallied to take a 5-4 lead before Chicago scored two late runs to pick up its third consecutive victory on its road trip. Marco Gonzales seeks a 6-0 start for Seattle, as the Mariners are 3-1-1 to the UNDER his last five trips to the mound.

Biggest UNDER run: Blue Jays (5-0 last five)

Toronto is exceeding expectations early by posting a 14-15 record, which includes a 9-4 record the past 13 games. The Blue Jays lost to the Angels in their series opener last night, 4-3 to hit the UNDER for the fifth consecutive game that followed a 3-0 run to the OVER. Toronto’s pitching has been solid during this span by allowing four runs or less in 10 of the last 11 contests. Marcus Stroman will try to keep that streak going as the right-hander owns a 1.43 ERA, while cashing the UNDER in five of six starts this season.

Matchup to watch: Rockies vs. Brewers

Milwaukee has rebounded nicely from a four-game skid by winning four of its past five contests. The Brewers knocked off the Rockies for the second straight night in an NLDS rematch as Milwaukee held off a late rally for a 4-3 victory on Tuesday. Milwaukee’s pitching has allowed only four runs in 18 innings to Colorado, even though three of those runs came in the ninth inning last night.

Chase Anderson makes his third start of the season for Milwaukee, coming off a no-decision in a 10-2 win over the Mets his last time out. Anderson has allowed two earned runs and six hits in 9.2 innings of work, which includes a 5-0 victory over the Dodgers as a +110 home underdog on April 20. The right-hander did not pitch against the Rockies in last season’s NLDS matchup.

Antonio Senzatela counters for Colorado, as the right-hander is 2-0 in two starts away from Coors Field this season. Senzatela beat the Rockies and Braves as a road underdog so far, while picking up a no-decision at Milwaukee in the NLDS last October in a 3-2 defeat. Senzatela allowed an early two-run home run to Christian Yelich, but the Rockies rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning before falling in extra innings.

Betcha didn’t know: Since a promising 9-4 start, the Mets have gone backwards recently by posting a 6-10 record the last 16 games. New York squandered a late lead on Tuesday against Cincinnati, but the Mets pulled out the win in 10 innings, 4-3. Jacob deGrom looks to bounce back from a 10-2 loss to Milwaukee his previous time out as last season’s Cy Young winner is 0-3 in his past three trips to the mound. The last time deGrom dropped three consecutive decisions came last season, but he ended that slide with an 8-0 home victory – over Cincinnati.

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