Major League Baseball heads into the weekend behind a full selection of games to help you make it through the day.
The New York teams hold the best records in their respective leagues, while the Cincinnati Reds are, dare it be said, surging all of a sudden.
Here are the best games to bet on Friday, May 13.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Miami Marlins
The Brewers occupy the National League Central’s top spot, riding a 20-12 record despite losing four of their last five outings. The Brewers are seen as a defensively stout, offensively limited ball club. They can continuously mix it up with top teams as a great long-term prospect with lesser value in best-of-one scenarios; thankfully, for Milwaukee bettors, they are taking on the Marlins, who are not exactly an elite baseball team. Corbin Burnes (1-2, 1.86 ERA) will get the start after he gave up just one earned run in 6.2 innings of action in his last start.
Miami is just 14-17 thus far, losing nine of its last 11 games, which is a a little unexpected. The Marlins’ biggest issue is their offense, as their rotation of pitchers has done a fairly decent job holding opponents at bay more times than not. They just cannot match their defensive excellence with an equal offensive outing.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays +1.5
At what point do the authorities need to put an all-points bulletin out for the Blue Jays, who were expected to dominate baseball but are instead just two games over .500? Toronto’s collection of power bats hasn’t held up their end of the deal lately. The pitching rotation has been similarly disappointing up to this point as well. Toronto has lost four straight and seven of its last nine, and they are playing like they expect to lose. They need a come to a higher power moment to get back into the shape that was expected of them.
The Rays, despite a low budget and limited visibility, are doing their usual job of producing results with or without the glamor. Wander Franco continues to impress in his second season, and once Randy Arozarena rounds back into his usual self, this team will elevate even further, potentially mounting a challenge for the division title. Drew Rasmussen (3-1, 2.89 ERA) will counter Toronto’s Kevin Gausman (3-1, 2.13 ERA) on the bump.
Seattle Mariners vs. New York Mets -1.5
The New York Mets are going to cover the runline because it is Max Scherzer day! The aging veteran is still lights-out with a 4-1 record and 2.92 ERA. The Mets have won three of their last four and continually prove their 22-11 record isn’t a fluke. New York gets the win with their talent discrepancy over Seattle.
The Mariners have found their footing relative to where they were early in the season but are still missing a superstar and a competitive level of talent. Additionally, they’ve proven to be vulnerable to losing streaks. Marco Gonzales (1-4, 3.91 ERA) isn’t the first pitcher that comes to mind when thinking of who guarantees a win.