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The New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers will continue their series on Wednesday from the Bronx. The first game of this series stayed under the total with six runs scored between the two teams. The Yankees dominated the game winning 5-1.
New York’s offense is the more dangerous of the two squads in this game, but they have the tougher matchup against Matt Manning. Manning is 5-4 on the season with a 3.62 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP, and he beat up New York in his last start.
He went six innings, and allowed just two hits and no earned runs. This matchup is the first reason to like the over in this game for -102.
The weaker offense in this game is Detroit, and they’ll face Clarke Schmidt. Schmidt is 8-8 with a 4.56 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP, which isn’t great. However, he just faced the Tigers in his last start, and hopefully learned some ways to maneuver this lineup after a difficult night.
The one positive from this game is that he pitched four scoreless innings before the wheels came off on the road. If Schmidt can start the game with three outs in the top of the first, we believe Manning can shut the door and get the final three outs.
Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer will be the face of Wednesday’s slate as they’re two future Hall of Fame pitchers. Verlander and the Astros will look to keep their momentum after a win over the Rangers on Tuesday night. Both offenses are hot, but we like the pitchers to overwhelm the offense in this game.
Verlander and Scherzer don’t have the best numbers in 2023, but they’re still two of the most intimidating pitchers in the game. This will likely be an early playoff pitching preview if the Rangers and Astros face off in October.
The NRFI is listed at -128 in this game. Verlander and Scherzer have both been great keeping runners off base. The reigning Cy Young winner is 10-7 with a 3.34 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. His counterpart, Scherzer, has a slightly better WHIP at 1.1, but a higher ERA with a 3.55.
Even though the offenses have been tremendous as of late, we’re still going to take a chance on the NRFI. It’s very difficult to bet on a YRFI in this spot with two of the best pitchers of this generation competing.
The NRFI line in Wednesday's Padres vs Phillies game is listed at -115. This side of the first inning wager is slightly favored compared to the YRFI at -111. The -115 price is very fair considering the total is listed at eight runs in this contest.
The pitching matchup is legitimate as well which is another reason to lean toward the NRFI in this game. Zack Wheeler will pitch against Michael Wacha, and both wings have been dealing this season.
Wheeler is 10-6 on the season with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. He has thrown 164 total innings and surrendered just 145 hits with 185 strikeouts. Wheeler has the strikeout ability to get out of jams in any situation, which is great for NRFI wagers.
Wacha has been just as dominant in San Diego as he was last season with the Red Sox. The pitcher is 11-2 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He isn’t an elite strikeout pitcher, but he keeps pitchers off balance.
The pitcher has struggled with walks, but he has four starts of 5+ innings in his past five games with two walks or less. If he can keep the ball down in the zone, he will get three outs in the first innings without allowing a run.
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