MLB betting tips: 4 picks and predictions for Friday
Jack Green makes his MLB predictions for Friday's schedule, with four picks on the money line.
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Detroit Tigers to beat Baltimore Orioles
The Tigers beat the Orioles 6-2 in the first of this four-game set on Thursday, and they’ve now won three in a row to move to 50-55 on the season.
Baltimore, meanwhile, has dropped to 35-66 – the worst record in the American League – and is 18-35 on the road.
Matt Harvey will start for the Orioles, coming off his best performance of the season to date in which he allowed just one hit in six scoreless innings against the Washington Nationals. Harvey is still just 5-10 on the season, though, and has a 6.65 ERA.
He faces Tarik Skubal, who boasts an ERA of 4.42, which improves to 3.50 at home. The lefty is 6-9 on the season but this looks a good opportunity to add to the win column.
Milwaukee Brewers to beat Atlanta Braves
The Brewers are one of the hottest teams in baseball. They just swept a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates and have now won eight of their 11 games since the All-Star break.
They look good value to beat the Braves, who have alternated wins and losses since the All-Star break, going 7-7 in 14 games.
Starting for Atlanta will be Touki Toussaint, who has been fantastic since returning from a shoulder injury that delayed his start to the season. He’s gone 1-1 in two starts with a 1.32 ERA, but did take the loss in his last appearance against the Philadelphia Phillies as his offense failed to provide any kind of run support.
The Braves could struggle to score runs again on Friday as they face Corbin Burnes. The righty is having a great season for Milwaukee, with a 6-4 record and 2.12 ERA, and he’s taken the decision in each of his last two starts, giving up one run across 14.1 innings.
Chicago White Sox to beat Cleveland Indians
The White Sox should cruise to a victory here behind the arm of Lance Lynn.
The right-hander boasts a 10-3 record this season and a 1.91 ERA, which is the lowest in the majors. He’s gone 3-0 in his last five starts, allowing just four runs in 28 total innings.
He takes on J.C. Mejia, who is 1-6 on the season and has taken the loss in his last four starts. The rookie’s ERA has risen to 7.52 and he’s allowed 21 runs in his last 16.3 total innings.
Chicago has gone 4-6 over its last 10 starts but remains in control of the AL Central with a 60-43 record, eight games clear of Cleveland.
The Indians have also lost six of their last 10 and face a tough task here given their disadvantage on the mound.
St. Louis Cardinals to beat Minnesota Twins
St. Louis is 51-51 on the season and should move above .500 with a win over the Twins, who have lost four of their last five games.
While the Cardinals are a solid 28-20 at home, the Twins have struggled on the road, going 19-30 to date and losing 10 of their last 13 away games.
Minnesota will start Jose Berrios, who is 7-5 this season and has a 3.48 ERA, but has gone 0-3 in his last four starts as the Twins’ offense has struggled.
St. Louis starter Wade LeBlanc is currently 0-2 with a 4.58 ERA, but the Cardinals have won the last two home games that he’s started and should be able to provide enough offense to earn another victory here.
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