- There are 15 games on the MLB schedule for Wednesday, April 14th
- Season record: 15-20: -$539 loss (based on $100 wagered per unit)
- Wagering advice for Wednesday’s games can be found below
A total of 15 games are on the MLB schedule for Wednesday, April 14th and the San Diego Padres’ Joe Musgrove can make history in one of them.
Musgrove will try to become the second pitcher in MLB history to throw consecutive no-hitters, joining Johnny Vander Meer, who performed the feat in 1938 for the Cincinnati Reds, when the Padres play the Pirates at 6:35 pm ET in Pittsburgh.
Last Friday, Musgrove (2-0, 0.00 ERA) pitched the first no-hitter in the Padres’ 52-year history against the Texas Rangers. Left-hander Tyler Anderson (0-2, 5.23) will start for the Pirates.
As has often been the case in the early part of this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the day’s heaviest favorite at -278. They will pitch Dustin May (1-0, 0.00) against the Colorado Rockies’ Jon Gray (1-0, 1.54) at 10:10 p.m. in Los Angeles.
April 14 MLB Picks
|Matchup||Pick and Odds at DraftKings||Units Risked|
|Padres vs Pirates||Padres (-215)||1 unit|
|Cubs vs Brewers||Cubs (+143)||1 unit|
|Cleveland vs White Sox||Under 7.5 (-103)||1 unit|
Odds as of April 14th.
Pick 1: Padres (-215)
The Padres are heavy favorites on the road, but it is still easy to back Musgrove based on the way he has pitched so far this season. He struck out 10 in his no-hitter in his second start of the season.
IT HAS HAPPENED ‼️
JOE MUSGROVE HAS THROWN THE FIRST NO-HITTER IN PADRES HISTORY 🙌 pic.twitter.com/zCWHtlG5Pk
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 10, 2021
Musgrove made his debut for the Padres on April 3 by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks with six scoreless innings. In all, Musgrove has allowed three hits in 15 shutout innings with 18 strikeouts and no walks.
Musgrove will have the added motivation of facing his former team. He spent the last three seasons with the Pirates before being traded to his hometown Padres in January.
Anderson pitched decently in his most recent start, giving up three runs in 5.1 innings in losing to the Chicago Cubs last Thursday in the Pirates’ home opener. Two of the runs came when Javier Baez golfed a low changeup for a two-run home run.
Tyler Anderson couldn't catch a break on the mound today, giving up 3 hits on pitches well out of the strike zone.
— 80 Grade Eephus (@8Eephus) April 9, 2021
Anderson has also had success against the Padres with a 2.61 ERA in nine career games. However, he doesn’t figure to get much run support in this one with the Pirates likely to overmatched by Musgrove.
Pick 2: Cubs (+143)
Jake Arrieta (2-0, 2.25) starts for the Chicago Cubs against the Brewers’ Corbin Burnes (0-1, 0.73) at 1:40 p.m. in Milwaukee.
Arrieta has seemed to regain his comfort zone since returning to the Cubs as a free agent in the offseason, winning both starts in 2021.
Jake Arrieta gets a standing ovation from @Cubs fans in his return to Wrigley 👏
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 3, 2021
He now has a 70-31 record with a 2.73 ERA in 130 career starts for the Cubs, compared to going 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA in 64 starts for the Philadelphia Phillies the previous three seasons.
Arrieta was sharp in his last outing last Thursday in beating the Pirates in Pittsburgh, giving up two runs in six innings. He is also 4-1 with a 2.76 ERA in seven career starts at Miller Park.
Despite his record, Burnes has been outstanding in his first two starts of the season. He is the first pitcher in big league history to make consecutive starts of at least six innings while allowing only one hit and no walks.
While it is hard to bet against someone pitching as well as Burnes, Arrieta seems to have recaptured his mojo. He is an attractive choice as a decent-sized underdog.
Pick 3: Cleveland-White Sox Under 7.5 (-103)
The first two games of this series in Chicago have been low scoring with a total of nine runs. Neither Cleveland’s Shane Bieber nor White Sox’s Lucas Giolito were scored upon Tuesday night before Cleveland won 2-0 in 10 innings.
7 IP, 0 ER, 8 Ks, 2 BB, 3 H
9 IP, 0 ER, 11 Ks, 1 BB, 3 H
What a duel pic.twitter.com/XfprBhGJ11
— Starting 9 (@Starting9) April 14, 2021
Things don’t figure to change in the series finale. Zach Plesac (1-0, 1.38) starts for Cleveland and faces left-hander Carlos Rodon (1-0, 0.00) at 8:10 p.m. in the third game of the four-game set.
In his last start, Plesac pitched seven scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers. He allowed just three hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Rodon was supposed to pitch the series opener Monday but was scratched because of an upset stomach. He is reportedly fine now and looks to build off tossing five scoreless innings to beat the Seattle Mariners in his lone start of the season.