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How to watch, what to watch for on May 5 of the 2021 MLB regular season

We take a look at the games on slate for May 5th in the 2021 MLB season.

New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge after hitting a two-run home run against Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke during the first inning at Yankee Stadium.  Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

There are 16 games on the schedule for Wednesday because the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals need to grace us with their presence two times. The Mets got some bad news Tuesday with ace Jacob deGrom (lat) being scratched from his scheduled start. For now, deGrom looks like he won’t be placed on the injured list and could return to the rotation later in the week. That’s good news considering deGrom is leading in the NL Cy Young race and has snuck into the NL MVP conversation as well.

Best Games To Watch

The Astros-Yankees series has a lot of juicy narrative and Tuesday gave us a good start to the series. Giancarlo Stanton went yard and an Alex Bregman error helped the Yanks take a 7-3 win to extend their winning streak to four games. The Astros are in the Bronx with fans in the stands for the first time since their cheating scandal came to light. The pitching matchup leaves a bit to be desired but we still get to watch Stanton, Aaron Judge, Bregman and Jose Altuve.

Shohei Ohtani is going to be on the hill and having his start pushed a few days. It’s always fascinating watching Ohtani pitch and then get ABs. We’ll see if he’s in the lineup as well as on the mound against the Rays.

Fantasy Spotlight

Jose Ramirez ($5,700) is on another one of those tears for the Tribe. He’s got a hit in 10 of his past 11 games, including four multi-hit outings during that span. Ramirez has homered four times during this stretch and gets to face rookie Royals starter Brady Singer, who has had some control issues in multiple starts. This makes Ramirez and a Indians stack a decent chalk strategy.

MLB Betting Splits, May 5

Teams Run Line % Handle % Bets Total Runs % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Teams Run Line % Handle % Bets Total Runs % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
CHI White Sox +1.5 65% 58% Over 8.5 83% 60% +112 83% 72%
CIN Reds -1.5 35% 42% Under 8.5 17% 40% -132 17% 28%
SF Giants +1.5 79% 56% Over 10.0 30% 37% -106 48% 63%
COL Rockies -1.5 21% 44% Under 10.0 70% 63% -109 52% 37%
BAL Orioles +1.5 23% 41% Over 7.5 56% 51% +102 60% 57%
SEA Mariners -1.5 77% 59% Under 7.5 44% 49% -120 40% 43%
ARI Diamondbacks +1.5 15% 41% Over 7.5 17% 86% +125 76% 51%
MIA Marlins -1.5 85% 59% Under 7.5 83% 14% -148 24% 49%
ATL Braves -1.5 76% 71% Over 8.5 97% 80% -136 28% 67%
WAS Nationals +1.5 24% 29% Under 8.5 3% 20% +116 72% 33%
HOU Astros +1.5 8% 35% Over 9.0 78% 78% +123 16% 28%
NY Yankees -1.5 92% 65% Under 9.0 22% 22% -143 84% 72%
MIL Brewers -1.5 83% 72% Over 8.0 97% 48% -139 75% 62%
PHI Phillies +1.5 17% 28% Under 8.0 3% 52% +120 25% 38%
DET Tigers +1.5 2% 7% Over 9.5 27% 71% +165 22% 15%
BOS Red Sox -1.5 98% 93% Under 9.5 73% 29% -195 78% 85%
CLE Indians -1.5 60% 83% Over 7.0 7% 61% -165 67% 73%
KC Royals +1.5 40% 17% Under 7.0 93% 39% +143 33% 27%
PIT Pirates +1.5 4% 9% Over 6.5 58% 58% +225 23% 12%
SD Padres -1.5 96% 91% Under 6.5 42% 42% -265 77% 88%
TOR Blue Jays +1.5 12% 54% Over 8.0 16% 62% +112 55% 40%
OAK Athletics -1.5 88% 46% Under 8.0 84% 38% -130 45% 60%

MLB regular season schedule for Wednesday, May 5

If no streaming option is listed, game is available on MLB.tv pending blackout restrictions.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago White Sox, 12:35 p.m. ET
San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies, 3:10 p.m. ET
Baltimore Orioles vs. Seattle Mariners, 3:40 p.m. ET
New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals, Game 1, 5:15 p.m. ET
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins, 6:40 p.m. ET
Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET
Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET ESPN+
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET
Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins, 7:40 p.m. ET
Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals, 8:10 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres, 8:10 p.m. ET
New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals, Game 2, 8:15 p.m. ET
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels, 9:38 p.m. ET
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics, 9:40 p.m. ET

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