It's hard to do much better than we did Tuesday, as we cashed all three of our MLB picks with two coming at plus-money. Can we sweep the board again Wednesday? Here are our top plays for the day:Astros over 4.5 runs (-120) @ Red Sox, 6:10 p.m. ETHow do you provide a worthy encore after belting six home runs - including five in one inning - in a 13-run extravaganza? That's the challenge ahead for the Astros, who dominated the Red Sox on Tuesday and have a shot to do the same Wednesday.Houston's offense has been clicking all year, leading the majors in home runs (55) while ranking in the top five in hard-hit rate (42%), xSLG (.484), and xwOBA (.354). The Astros' bats have been especially sizzling as of late, plating five or more runs in eight of their last nine games while averaging 6.9 runs in that stretch.Can Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta handle the heat? He ranks among baseball's worst starters in opponent exit velocity (93.1 mph) and hard-hit rate (50.5%), and he's been even worse than his 5.08 ERA would suggest. Houston may not hit six home runs again, but the team should clear five runs with ease.Nationals under 2.5 runs (+105) @ Marlins, 6:40 p.m.We've been picking on this Nationals offense all week, cashing two straight days at their expense. Why not go back to the well Wednesday with Marlins ace Pablo Lopez on the mound?The 26-year-old righty has been brilliant through his first seven starts, pacing MLB with a 1.05 ERA while boasting a remarkable 46:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Those numbers undersell just how consistently dominant he's been - aside from a four-run outing against the Diamondbacks, Lopez has held his other six opponents to a combined two runs in 38 1/3 innings.One of those starts was against the Nationals, whom he shut out across six innings in an eventual 2-1 Marlins win. Washington has scored two or fewer runs in five of its last six games and will struggle to best that in this one.Mariners under 2.5 runs (+105) @ Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m.The Mariners entered this season with plenty of hype up and down the roster, but they've had a rough go in recent weeks as injuries mount and fill-in starters struggle to make an impact at the plate.Through 35 games, Seattle has scored two or fewer runs in 17 of them, including seven of the past 10 after Tuesday's shutout loss to the Blue Jays. It would help if any of Mitch Haniger, Kyle Lewis, Evan White, or Tom Murphy were available. Streaky shortstop J.P. Crawford struck his ankle with his bat Tuesday, though he'll likely play through it.Now, this banged-up group faces Toronto ace Kevin Gausman, who's surrendered two or fewer earned runs in five of seven starts this season as well as 29 of his 40 outings (72.5%) dating back to last year. It's a low number to play, but at plus money, it's well worth the wager.C Jackson Cowart is a sports betting writer at theScore. You can follow him on Twitter (@CJacksonCowart) or email him at [email protected] © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford believes it's time for Major League Baseball umpires to face more accountability for missed calls. After getting rung up on a questionable strike three call by home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor during Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Houston Astros, Crawford showed his displeasure. J.P. Crawford voices frustration with CB Bucknor after this called strikeout here in the 5th inning ... A lot of dialogue coming from the dugout, too: pic.twitter.com/DRF9Pnkeq0 Daniel Kramer (@DKramer_) May 4, 2022 Following the game, Crawford explained his reaction and said he believes that players and umpires are held to different standards."You never try to show anyone up like that, but those calls can't happen," Crawford said, according to The Seattle Times' Ryan Divish. "We get penalized if we don't play well. Umpires, if they don't do well, they sleep fine. Their jobs are secure. They don't get penalized for nothing. I think that's stupid. I feel like if they would get penalized for everything, they would call up much better games."Crawford added: "It just puts you in (an) angry spot the rest of the game. You try to do something different offensively because every call is questionable. So it takes you out of your game a little bit."This marks the second time in as many weeks that the Mariners voiced their displeasure with umpiring. Seattle sent a letter to the league protesting the treatment of prized rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez, who had been leading the league in called third strikes.Copyright © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.