The 2022 Major League Baseball is kicking off with topsy-turvy results coming in from around the league, as well as a few emerging contenders taking charge.
The Cleveland Guardians are starting to earn trust from neutrals, while the New York Mets just became the first team in baseball to reach ten wins.
Put aside your weekend plans for a second and consider these as the best MLB games to bet on Friday, April 22— here we go.
Colorado Rockies +1.5 vs. Detroit Tigers
The Rockies have been a pleasant surprise thus far, posting an 8-4 record; they are also 2-0 on the road, which will soon be put to the test against a feisty Detroit team.
Colorado has won four of its last six and has multiple players playing at a supremely high level, none more so than World Series champions Kris Bryant. The free-agent signing is hitting .349, while teammate C.J. Cron is just behind at .333 but also has six home runs to his name.
Detroit will be without Javier Baez, currently on the 10-day injured list, and will thus be missing their most explosive batter. To the Tigers’ credit, they have not relied on him thus far, but they have dropped three of their last four.
Tarik Skubal will have to pitch a gem for the Tigers to have a chance, but his counterpart, Antonio Senzatela, has had an impressive start to his year for Colorado.
Miami Marlins +1.5 vs. Atlanta Braves
Neither of these teams has been that great thus far; both are two games under .500, although oddsmakers still favor Atlanta as one of the most likely teams to represent the National League in the World Series.
They are due to get a lot better when Ronald Acuna Jr. returns from an ACL injury suffered last season, but for now, they are fairly average. The only get-out-of-jail card they have is that their early-season schedule has been pretty brutal.
Miami has been inconsistent at the plate, just like Atlanta, but with an overall lower level of talent. Making a real challenge for their division will not be feasible because of their unsustainability, but tonight, they have a chance for a win or close result because of starting pitcher Tyler Rogers.
The tall lefty was horrendously bad against the Philadelphia Phillies in his last start but will likely rebound and keep the Braves off the scoreboard for the most part.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Los Angeles Angels -1.5
Don’t over-complicate this one. The Orioles are really bad, and the Angels are fairly good. L.A. will also be playing in front of its home faithful, while the Orioles are 1-6 on the road this season.
Baltimore has done a slightly better job at limiting opponents’ scoring than it did last season, although they still seem to fall behind in every game.
The Angels, meanwhile, are tied for first in home runs, fourth in total scoring, and eighth in team batting average, which is a recipe for disaster for the visitors.