Friday presents a colossal schedule in Major League Baseball featuring all 30 teams in play. A pitcher’s delight is in store to usher in the weekend, with 10 starters posting ERAs under 3 on the mound. Plus, the weather provides a clear forecast across the country. OddsShopper shows three games with run totals 8.5 or higher, including a Coors Field matchup with a 10.5 total, and four divisional rivalries highlight betting lines available for expert MLB picks and predictions.
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Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers begin a three-game homestand with the Baltimore Orioles sending Eduardo Rodriguez to the start against Jordan Lyles. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET, with the weather at Comerica Park forecasting a warm 82 degrees. The Tigers are -142 moneyline favorites, while OddsShopper projects a 60% expected win rate and a 1.9% return on investment for the Detroit moneyline. Rodriguez has a 23% strikeout rate, .210 average against and 3.84 FIP in six starts this season. The Orioles are expected to have seven righties, one lefty and one switch-hitter tonight. Rodriguez had a 25.8% strikeout rate and 1.02 home runs per nine innings against right-handed hitting in 2021. Though Rodriguez has struggled with hard contact over his career, surrendering 40.9% this season, the Baltimore offensive has performed abysmally against left-handed pitching, with a 27.5% strikeout rate, .102 ISO and 81 wRC+.
Lyles has a 17.6% strikeout rate, .291 average against and 4.38 FIP this season. Facing five righties, three switch-hitters and one lefty today, Lyles allowed a .291 average and 2 HR/9 and posted a 4.14 xFIP against right-handed hitting in 2021. Lyles’ propensity for hard contact surrendered carries the silver lining of facing a Detroit offense with a .084 ISO, 23.6% strikeout rate and 72 wRC+ against righties this year. Rodriguez should be able to mitigate runs by the Orioles, and OddsShopper projects the Tigers moneyline as one of the best MLB bets today.
Best MLB Bet & Prediction Today: Detroit Tigers Moneyline (-143)
Angels vs. Athletics O/U Eight Total Runs
The Los Angeles Angels ride a hot start into a three-game divisional road series with the Oakland Athletics, and they will send Chase Silseth to the mound against Daulton Jefferies. The Angels are -145 moneyline favorites in a game with an eight-run total, while OddsShopper projects eight runs and a -5.6% return on investment for the over. Silseth makes his major league debut following a 37.4% strikeout rate, .167 average against and 0.85 WHIP in five minor league starts this year. Expected to face seven righties and two lefties, Silseth has a .177 average against, .553 OPS and .280 BABIP when facing righties. Oakland’s offense has sputtered mightily, with a .194 batting average, .099 ISO and 69 wRC+ against right-handed pitching.
In six starts this season, Jefferies has a 15% strikeout rate, .283 average against and 39.6% hard contact allowed. He is expected to face four righties, four lefties and one switch-hitter, and Jefferies has a 5.07 FIP, 1.48 HR/9 and 32.2% hard contact allowed to right-handed hitters over his career. Plus, the Angels offense has a .249 batting average, .196 ISO and league-leading 130 wRC+ against right-handed pitching this year. While this is going a bit against the grain, the Angels offense against Jeffries leads to the over being another of the MLB prediction today.
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Best MLB Bet & Prediction Today: Angels vs. Athletics OVER Eight Runs (-102)
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- Reds vs. Pirates Under (-115), 2.3% xROI
- Milwaukee Brewers Moneyline (-149), 7.1% xROI
- Astros vs. Nationals Under (-105), 3.5% xROI
- Blue Jays vs. Rays Over (-120), 5.3% xROI
- Mariners vs. Mets Over (-120), 6.7% xROI
- Giants vs. Cardinals Under (-105), 5% xROI
- Kansas City Royals Moneyline (+120), 10.1% xROI
- Royals vs. Rockies Under (-110), 4.2% xROI
- Phillies vs. Dodgers (-105), 15.5% xROI
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