Major League Baseball wraps up its workweek with a full slate of action Friday night, capping off what has been quite the interesting week.
The Toronto Blue Jays showed a new defensive discipline. They shut out the Boston Red Sox and extended their lead in the American League, while the Miami Marlins are on a surprising surge in the National League.
Get ready to relax and live out your weekend dreams, but before you fully recline, take a look at these MLB bets for Friday night.
San Diego Padres -1.5 vs Pittsburgh Pirates
The San Diego Padres are 13-7 and have won eight of their last ten outings, with those losses being to the champion-favorite Los Angeles Dodgers.
The West Coast representatives have been getting it done on both sides. They will be riding high following a three-game sweep against the Chicago Cubs. Yu Darvish will be on the bump for the Padres. He will be looking to build on a six-inning, one-hit shutout in his last start against the Dodgers.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have not been quite as bad as they were last season, though they are not doing drastically better at 8-11 thus far; much the opposite of San Diego, they are coming off of a three-game sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers, who covered the spread in two of the three games.
Pittsburgh has struggled for offense and wasted a lot of potential scoring situations, contributing to their sub-.500 record. Zach Thompson (0-2, 10.80 ERA) will have the job of countering Darvish.
Boston Red Sox ML vs Baltimore Orioles
The Red Sox have been highly disappointing thus far. But, they are being disrespected just a little too much; they still have talent (and notably, production) from Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts and a decent cast of supporting characters.
Don’t read too far into their recent losses to the Blue Jays; they are a strong early pick to make the World Series. Instead, take solace in the fact that the Orioles are pretty terrible. Rich Hill will get the nod for Boston coming off of a shutout against the Tampa Bay Rays in his last outing.
Baltimore is 6-13 and has lost four straight games; they did put some runs on the board against their opponents, but they are far too inconsistent in every aspect to warrant any real faith. Rookie Kyle Bradish is slated to make his professional debut, which leaves a huge question hanging in the air.
New York Yankees -1.5 vs Kansas City Royals
New York has won six straight contests, moving to 13-6 on the year. They are also hitting the ball very well, especially for power, which means the opponents without dominant pitching staffs have to have adequate responses at the plate.
Although the Royals could counter with Salvador Perez, the other members of their roster have not stepped up enough early on to trust them to do so against New York. Ride with the Yankees here, who are as good as anyone at front running.