There was a no-hitter in Major League Baseball on Tuesday by the Angels. Could we see another today from Shohei Ohtani?
Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 – 03:45 PM EDT at Oracle Park
- Over/Under 1.5 Total Bases
Colorado is its typical self this season: Pretty darn good at home but pitiful on the road.
The Rox have been outscored a combined 17-7 in the first two games of this series and almost surely will lose again today, although Chad Kuhl (3-0, 1.82 ERA) has been a huge surprise.
He’s opposed by Alex Cobb (1-1, 4.80). Outfielder Randal Grichuk is in his first season with the Rockies after spending the previous four in Toronto.
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He had a solid 2021 campaign with 22 homers and 81 RBIs in 149 games, albeit only a .241 average.
Grichuk doesn’t play every day for Colorado (he didn’t on Tuesday, for example) but does most and is batting .281 with four homers and 16 RBIs.
I won’t recommend a Rockies hitter outside of Coors Field often, but Grichuk is a stellar 8-for-14 with three doubles, a homer, and five RBIs career off Cobb.
Grichuk might be due because he is 0-for-12 in the past three games he has played. All we need is a double.
New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 – 07:05 PM ET at Nationals Park
- Over/Under 5.5 Strikeouts
- First Five Inning Line
New York won the opener Tuesday between the NL East rivals, 4-2 – a game notable because a rat was seen scurrying through the outfield grass at Nationals Park just before James McCann's sacrifice fly drove in the go-ahead score during a three-run sixth inning.
The Nationals issued seven walks and made two errors as they dropped to 10-21.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar was a late scratch from the lineup because of an infection under the nail on his left index finger.
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I don’t give Washington much chance of winning tonight as the Nationals start Aaron Sanchez (1-2, 8.56) against emerging young Mets right-hander Tylor Megill (4-1, 2.43).
On the road, Megill has been fantastic with a 3-0 record and 1.06 ERA in three starts.
He pitched at Washington in his season debut on April 7 and shut out the Nats on three hits over five with six strikeouts.
As of this writing, there’s not a combo prop at BetOnline with Megill to have 5+ strikeouts and the Mets to win, but I do recommend that when it is posted (and it will be).
So for our purposes, we’ll take the Mets on the first five-inning line and Megill over strikeouts.
MLB Pick: Megill over 5.5 strikeouts (+108) with BetOnline
MLB Pick: Mets -0.5 on the first five-inning line (-125) with BetOnline
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 – 07:07 PM EDT at Angel Stadium
Shane McClanahan vs. Shohei Ohtani
- Most Pitching Strikeouts
This is clearly the top pitching matchup of Wednesday and also nationally televised by Fox Sports 1. Could we see back-to-back no-hitters by the Angels?
There aren’t even odds for something like that, but they would be EXTREMELY long. On Tuesday, young Halos lefty Reid Detmers no-hit Tampa Bay at age 22 years and 306 days.
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He was the youngest Angels pitcher with a no-hitter in franchise history and the youngest in MLB since Aníbal Sánchez in 2006 for the Marlins.
Detmers threw a no-hitter in his 11th career MLB start, the seventh-fewest by a pitcher to throw a no-hitter over the last 50 seasons.
Detmers’ two strikeouts were the fewest in a no-hitter since Francisco Liriano in 2011.
Finally, the no-hitter was the 12th in franchise history and the first individual no-hitter by an Angels pitcher since Jered Weaver in 2012.
I am not about to predict a no-no tonight, although Angels ace Shohei Ohtani is clearly good enough to do it, and it’s about the only thing the 2021 AL MVP has yet to accomplish.
Last time out on the mound, he absolutely dominated the Red Sox with seven shutout innings and 11 strikeouts. He is fifth in the AL with 41 strikeouts.
Tampa’s Shane McClanahan is tied for first in the AL with 47 strikeouts. The reason I would favor Ohtani here, though, is because the Rays often pull their pitchers earlier than any other team.
McClanahan has gone six full innings this year just twice. The Angels’ lineup is also better than Tampa Bay’s. In two career starts against the Rays, Ohtani has 16 strikeouts in 12.2 innings.
MLB Pick: Ohtani for most strikeouts (-186) with BetOnline
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