MLB betting tips: 4 picks and predictions for Friday
Guy Giles makes his MLB predictions for Friday's schedule, with four picks on the money line.
Washington Nationals to beat Boston Red Sox +170
Boston has lost five of its last six to lose its lead in the race for the second wild card spot in the American League, with Seattle now level at 89-70.
The Red Sox face a final series against a Nationals team that sits bottom of the NL East with a 65-94 record.
This will not be an easy series, though, particularly in the opener as they face the in-form southpaw Josh Rogers, who is 2-1 through five starts with Washington and owns an impressive 2.73 ERA.
On the mound for Boston will be Eduardo Rodriguez, who is 11-8 on the season but has an elevated 4.93 ERA.
Rodriguez is without a win in nearly a month, and has given up 25 hits over his last four starts.
The pressure is clearly mounting for the Red Sox, and this looks a good price for the underdogs to steal a win in the first of this season-ending three-game series.
Colorado Rockies to beat Arizona Diamondbacks -125
These NL West rivals end the season with a divisional series in Arizona, and it’s worth backing the Rockies to take a 1-0 lead.
Arizona has the worst record in the majors at 50-109, and has lost four in a row heading into this three-game set.
Starting for the Diamondbacks is Humberto Castellanos, who owns a 2-2 record since moving from the bullpen to the rotation.
Castellanos has given up at least three runs in all six of his starts this season, and Arizona doesn’t have the offensive firepower to make up any kind of deficit.
His opposite number will be Jon Gray, who is 8-12 on the season and has taken the loss in his last two, but remains one of Colorado’s best arms.
The Rockies have the advantage on the mound and with the bats, and should win this one.
Los Angeles Dodgers to beat Milwaukee Brewers -235
The Dodgers have done all they can to chase down the Giants at the top of the NL West, but it looks like they’ll have to settle for a wild card spot barring a miracle in the final series of the season.
LA has won its last four in a row to reach 103 wins on the year, while Milwaukee, which has already wrapped up the NL Central title, has been slumping of late.
On the mound for LA will be Clayton Kershaw, who is 1-1 in three starts since returning from injury. He has given up six runs in that time, while striking out 16.
Kershaw is famously comfortable at Dodger Stadium, with his 3.38 ERA dropping to 2.74 at home.
Starting for Milwaukee will be Eric Lauer, who has been lights out recently, giving up no more than a single run in his last five starts, earning the win in three of them.
The Dodgers bats are red hot right now, though, with 19 runs over their last two games, and they will want to keep the pressure on the Giants as we head into the postseason.
Seattle Mariners to beat Los Angeles Angels -160
The Mariners are dreaming of a first playoff spot since 2001 after an incredible run that has seen them win nine of their last 10 including four straight to draw level with Boston for the final wild card spot.
They face divisional rivals the Angels in their final regular season series, and should go one-up at home behind the arm of Marco Gonzales.
Gonzales has been unbeatable of late, taking the win in seven of his last nine, with his last loss coming back on July 3.
On the mound for the Angels will be Jose Suarez, who is 7-8 on the season with a 3.86 ERA.
Suarez’s last start came against Seattle in LA – he went five innings, giving up five hits and four runs in a no-decision.
The Mariners clearly have his number and their red-hot recent form should carry them towards an unlikely postseason appearance.