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.
Toronto has come from behind to take charge of the AL wild card race, but will need to stay hot in the final stretch to hold on.
The Blue Jays are worth backing at home against a Minnesota team which is bottom of the AL Central.
Starting for Toronto will be Hyun-jin Ryu, who is coming off a tough outing against Baltimore but remains 13-8 on the season.
On the mound for Minnesota is Michael Pineda. He is 6-8 on the season with a 3.87 ERA, but is yet to go more than five innings since returning from the 10-day IL.
This is a tight pitching matchup which means it’s worth backing the team with the hotter bats, and there are few hotter than Toronto right now.
The Blue Jays have mashed 58 runs over their last six games, and have won 16 of their last 20.
The Dodgers have wrapped up a wild card berth already and are hunting down the Giants for top spot in the NL West, currently sitting just a game back after six straight wins.
The Reds are in contention for a wild card spot themselves, but have won just three of their last 10 to slip a game behind their divisional rivals St Louis.
LA is one of the hottest teams in baseball right now, and will have one of the hottest pitchers in baseball on the mound in Walker Buehler.
The Cy Young candidate is 14-3 with a 2.32 ERA on the season, and is coming off a win over San Diego in which he pitched seven full innings and gave up just two runs.
Starting for Cincinnati is Luis Castillo, who is 7-15 on the season with a 4.24 ERA, and has taken losses in three of his last four outings.
These two teams are well out of contention for the postseason, but this looks a good price for a Miami win at home.
The Marlins remain above .500 at LoanDepot Park, while Pittsburgh’s 20 wins on the road is the second worst record in baseball.
On the mound for the visitors will be Wil Crowe, who is 3-7 on the season with a 5.97 ERA, and has not claimed a win since July 30.
Crowe has gone no more than five innings since then, giving up 28 runs across seven games.
Elieser Hernandez gets the start for Miami, just his ninth of the season following a long spell on the IL.
He owns a 1-1 record and 4.14 ERA, with the Marlins winning on three of his last five starts, including against divisional leaders Atlanta in his most recent outing.
The Mariners are four games back in the wild card race in the AL and will miss out on the postseason barring a miracle.
They should beat Kansas on Friday, though, with Chris Flexen set for the start. He is 11-6 on the season with a 3.73 ERA.
He holds the advantage over Kansas starter Brady Singer, who is 4-10 with a 4.85 ERA and has earned just one of those wins since June 6.
Seattle is also a solid road team, sitting above .500 away from home, while Kansas has lost more than half of their games at their own ballpark.