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New York Yankees’ Clint Frazier, right, celebrates his three-run home run with Aaron Hicks, center, as Baltimore Orioles catcher Austin Wynns stands at left during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
New York Yankees’ Clint Frazier, right, celebrates his three-run home run with Aaron Hicks, center, as Baltimore Orioles catcher Austin Wynns stands at left during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)|Associated Press
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MLB Thursday: Gensler fills in picking Yankees v Orioles, Nationals v Mets, Braves v Giants, White Sox v Astros

The the first two games are early afternoon.

Howard Gensler

Howard Gensler

Favorite Pick of the Day:
Yankees at ORIOLES Over 9

Second Favorite Pick of the Day:
Braves at GIANTS Over 7.5

Reverse Psychology Pick of the Day:
Nationals at METS Over 3.5 (first 5)

Are You Sure? Pick of the Day:
White Sox at ASTROS Under 5 (first 5)

The Skinny:
As a student of the John Sterling school of “It’s baseball, Suzyn. Anybody can beat anybody,” I prefer to look at runs over winners and losers. While Masahiro Tanaka was great his last start, he’s been inconsistent this season and could give up a long ball or two. The Yankees have been pounding Orioles pitching and I’m not sure why that would stop facing Dylan Bundy and his 4.66 ERA (although in fairness, Bundy has been sharp in two of his last three starts. . . . Until Madison Bumgarner starts pitching like Madison Bumgarner he’s a consistent for giving up three runs in 6 innings. Kevin Gausman has been up and down for the Braves – good his last two starts so he may have a clunker in him – and 7.5 is a low O/U. Here’s hoping the wind is blowing out. . . . Yes, Stephen Strasburg vs Steven Matz screams pitcher’s duel, I just think that duel will be at 2-2 and not 0-0. . . . Lucas Giolito (5-1, 3.35 ERA) has been a bright spot for the White Sox. Newcomer Corbin Martin has been respectable for the pitching-heavy Astros. The Astros will most likely win, but why lay $190 to win a hundred? I’d rather anticipate some sluggish early inning offense.