MLB Tips: Our Best Bets for Game 4 of the World Series including a 5/2 pick

Our tipster Andrew Cunneen is siding with Arizona in Game 4.


Texas Rangers @ Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Tips

Arizona Diamondbacks to Win
Over 10.5 Runs
First Inning Result – Arizona Diamondbacks
Ketel Marte to Record a Hit

MLB World Series, Game 4, Texas Rangers @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Wednesday 12:03am, Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
TV: TNT Sports

There’s nothing quite like a Game 4 where the home team have just lost Game 3, and a win reinstates them into the running, while a loss makes it improbable that they’ll taste series victory.

That might seem strange in one sense because you’d want the place to be partisan, but the bigger pops actually come when there’s unbelievable tension in the air.

Look at it like this – three runners on, one out. All you need is to not hit a double play and find some degree of solid contact.

When you’re down, there’s relief rather than realized expectation and that’s so much more engaging an outburst.

Imagine releasing that much pent-up fear with a single swing of a baseball bat?

In terms of the actual game itself, while many handed Rangers the impetus based on front-level stars on the mound, both teams have opted for a bullpen game here – but with one key difference.

Let’s explore.

Arizona Diamondbacks to Win

So much of pitching success comes down to preparation. Someone like Yu Darvish, who was a former Ranger and perennial Cy Young candidate through large swathes of a season, swears by his routine.

The Diamondbacks had game four pencilled in as a bullpen game from the start, and their relievers knew to expect this.

You can schedule your middle-inning guys accordingly from Game 1 with that in mind.

The Rangers were kicking the tires on this for what seemed like an eternity, so this news likely came as somewhat of a bulletin in the clubhouse.

That level of out-of-routine hindrance gets magnified when you’re on your travels.

Texas’ bullpen ERA this season came in at a whopping 4.77. Only six teams had worse records and they’re the names you expect to find.

Their only saving grace is..

Over 10.5 Runs

…that the Diamondbacks’ bullpen was only midtable in this instance, too.

They’ll both name starters – Andrew Heaney and Joe Mantiply – but the amount of innings here will be minimal, and this could be a five-pitch effort from both sides.

While you obviously benefit from not having opposing hitters seeing the same pitcher multiple times through an order, their pitching arsenals are considerably less varied, and you find more and more hits in key situations.

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First Inning Result – Arizona

Joe Mantiply has had a conceivably better postseason than Andrew Heaney, but in each of those instances, he was called upon in a scheduled moment.

If you read the above, you’ll see how important it is to mentally prepare yourself for these moments, and starting a Game 4 of the World Series is turning the heat up multiple notches.

Mantiply likely knew for a while that he would be opening this contest, and he’s also not given up a hit in his appearance in this series – Heaney has.

These factors, combined with how conservative Arizona were in the early stages of Game 3 should mean they’re ready for full swings.

Ketel Marte to Record a Hit

If there was an under/over on this, it would likely be 1.5, such is the form he’s found himself.

Marte is the definition of clutch, and is currently on an astonishing nineteen-postseason-game hit streak.

Ride the hot bat.

Baseball World Series Betting Tips

Arizona Diamondbacks to Win
Over 10.5 Runs
First Inning Result – Arizona Diamondbacks
Ketel Marte to Record a Hit

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