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Rick’s MLB Plays 6/15

Cincinnati Reds @ Arizona Diamondbacks (3:40 ET)

Favorite: Diamondbacks -130

Total: 7.5

Pitchers: Luis Castillo (3.23 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) vs. Zac Gallen (2.95 ERA, 1.07 WHIP)

Ladies and gentlemen, Jonathan India is BACK! The “Flow Show” is back in business and the reigning Rookie of the Year is looking to elevate the Reds on both sides of the ball. He’s back to his leadoff position and is backed by Luis Castillo who has rounded into form after allowing 2 or 3 runs in each of his first 4 starts to the season. He’s not allowing much contact and is in the top half of the MLB in all advanced metrics, much like his counterpart Zac Gallen. The difference in these two teams at the moment is the offense, where Cincinnati ranks 6th in June in OPS, the Diamondbacks rank 6th worst. They can’t get consistent base-runners or runs and it’ll continue to hurt them today.

Pick: Reds F5 +0.5 -130 (1u)

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Tampa Bay Rays @ New York Yankees (7:05 ET)

Favorite: Yankees -140

Total: 7

Pitchers: Shane McClanahan (1.87 ERA, 0.86 WHIP) vs. Nestor Cortes (1.96 ERA, 0.92 WHIP)

It’s a shame that arguably the best pitching matchup in 2022 comes on a Wednesday in the beginning of June. AL Cy Young favorite Shane McClanahan has been virtually un-hittable recently, posting 7+ strikeouts in each of hit last 6 starts, only allowing 4 runs in the process. The 25-year old just continues to escalate his game as the year progresses and he looks to be the next in a long line of Tampa pitching prospects to burst on the scene.

On the other side, Nestor Cortes is a feel good story, a player released and picked up by the Yankees, the 27 year old gets it done through keeping batters off-beat with timing and painting the zone in every corner. He doesn’t have other-worldly power (91 MPH fastball) and the break on his slider isn’t good, but he keeps batters guessing time and time again and keeps them uncomfortable.

We all know just how rampant the Yankees bats have been this year. Home run machines that are only 2 away from the century mark in mid-June, they know how to send it over the short porch in New York. Tampa has struggled recently on offense and got shut out again last night. I seriously doubt that happens again even against a stud like Cortes. The Rays find ways to churn out wins and behind the best pitcher in the American League, I’ll take them to do just that tonight at plus-money.

Pick: Rays ML +120 (1u)

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