Strasburg Approaching Shutdown: Nationals Favored Vs Mets

PHILADELPHIA - JULY 21: Starting pitcher Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during a game against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park on July 21, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Around the MLB, Tuesday was almost a repeat of Monday in several ways.

The Pirates, trying to chase down their first playoff berth in 20 years, lost against to the Cubs, this time 5-1 as -170 favorites.

The Brewers, trying to avoid falling completely out of competition, blew another large, late-inning lead and lost to the Phillies as a +140 dog, 7-6. Another Brewer win and UNDER play was ruined by the Phillies, whose World Series odds didn't budge today with the signing of Cole Hamels.

The Nationals, trying to put the Mets out of their misery, won again in New York, this time 5-2, beating R.A. Dickey as +100 dogs.

And the Red Sox and Rangers, two of the highest-scoring teams in baseball, played another 'under,' as Boston beat Texas, 2-1. For the day, Tuesday baseball's totals leaned toward the 'unders' by a lopsided 12-3-2 margin.

As for Wednesday, Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals are -170 favorites as they go for the sweep of the Mets; the Pirates and Kevin Correia are -120 favorites as they try to avoid the sweep vs. Ryan Dempster and the Cubs; the Cardinals with Kyle Lohse are -150 chalk over Aaron Harang and the Dodgers; and Derek Holland and the Rangers are -125 favorites for their rubber match against Josh Beckett and the Red Sox.

Wednesday's complete MLB betting board, with prices and totals courtesy of Oddsshark.com, follows below.

Washington -168 at NY Mets +161, Total 7.5 - Stephen Strasburg (10-4) | Jeremy Hefner (1-2) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Washington is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against NY Mets
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets's last 6 games

Chi Cubs +114 at Pittsburgh -119, Total 7.5 - Ryan Dempster (5-4) | Kevin Correia (7-6) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games

Atlanta -117 at Miami +112, Total 7.5 - Tommy Hanson (10-5) | Ricky Nolasco (8-8) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games

Milwaukee +125 at Philadelphia -130, Total 8.5 - Marco Estrada (0-4) | Vance Worley (5-6) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Philadelphia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Milwaukee

Minnesota +205 at Chi White Sox -215, Total 9.5 - Nick Blackburn (4-5) | Jake Peavy (7-7) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox
Chi White Sox are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games at home

Kansas City +225 at LA Angels -235, Total 7.5 - Luke Hochevar (6-8) | Jered Weaver (12-1) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Kansas City is 10-4 SU in their last 14 games when playing LA Angels
LA Angels are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games at home

NY Yankees -168 at Seattle +161, Total 8 - Ivan Nova (10-4) | Hisashi Iwakuma (0-1) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NY Yankees's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 5 games

San Diego +175 at San Francisco -182, Total 7.5 - Jason Marquis (5-9) | Tim Lincecum (4-10) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Diego's last 5 games when playing San Francisco
San Francisco is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Detroit -132 at Cleveland +127, Total 9 - Max Scherzer (9-5) | Derek Lowe (8-8) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Cleveland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Detroit

Tampa Bay -131 at Baltimore +126, Total 8 - David Price (13-4) | Miguel Gonzalez (2-1) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Baltimore's last 7 games

Oakland +120 at Toronto -125, Total 8.5 - AJ Griffin (2-0) | Ricky Romero (8-6) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing Oakland

Boston +119 at Texas -124, Total 10 - Josh Beckett (5-8) | Derek Holland (6-5) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston's last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas's last 5 games at home

Cincinnati -148 at Houston +143, Total 8 - Homer Bailey (9-6) | Bud Norris (5-8) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games

LA Dodgers +141 at St. Louis -151, Total 8.5 - Aaron Harang (7-5) | Kyle Lohse (10-2) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: LA Dodgers are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games when playing St. Louis
St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Colorado +164 at Arizona -171, Total 9.5 - Jeff Francis (2-2) | Trevor Cahill (8-8) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Colorado's last 11 games on the road
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

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