A busy Friday night on the diamond provides us with plenty of opportunities for individual wagering, and that also means we have several different directions we can go for this evening’s parlay ticket. We’ve selected the three most attractive games from a handicapping perspective for inclusion, and we’ll be breaking them all down for you in full detail.
Our first game of the night takes us to Toronto as the Blue Jays welcome the surprising Tampa Bay Rays to town. The Rays are atop the American League East standings and riding a four-game winning streak, while the Blue Jays have won just two of their last 10 games.
We head down to Atlanta for game two on our ticket as the Braves play host to the New York Mets for the second of a four-game set. The Mets picked up a 6-3 win last night behind a strong showing from Steven Matz, but they‘ll be sending a struggling Zack Wheeler to the mound tonight.
The final game for our ticket is a battle of the two top teams in AL West. The Houston Astros entered the season as one of the favorites to make it to the World Series, but they find themselves looking up at the 1st place Seattle Mariners as the clubs begin a three-game weekend set.
We have a solid slate of MLB games to look forward to, as well as what look to be three excellent contests for our evening parlay ticket. Let’s take a look at all three of our selected games in detail, starting with the AL East matchup.
*Betting odds provided by: Sportsbetting.ag
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 7:07 PM EST, ESPN+
Rays vs. Blue Jays pick:
Earlier this week, the Rays were in Chicago for three games versus the White Sox. They swept the series, pounding the White Sox by a combined score of 24-7. That marked Tampa Bay’s fourth series win on the young season. The team enters tonight’s game having won four in a row and five of the last six games.
The season hasn’t opened up as well for the Blue Jays. The team has just four wins to date and has already suffered through a four-game losing streak. They were just in Boston for a pair with the Red Sox, winning the first game by a score of 7-5 and dropping game two 7-6.
|Tampa Bay||10-3||W4||8-2||1-AL East||58||26|
Tampa Bay dropped its season-opener at home to the Astros, but the club quickly responded and ripped off a five-game winning streak. The team would drop two of its next three before embarking on the current four-game run of perfection. Tampa Bay is 5-1 in away games thus far.
Toronto also opened up the year with a loss, falling at home to the Detroit Tigers by a score of 2-0 in 10 innings. The club would win its next two before dropping the next three. Since that point, the team is just 2-5. At home this season, the Blue Jays are 3-4.
Austin Meadows has been leading the way on offense for the Rays. He’s batting .341 with four homers, 13 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.215. Avisail Garcia is batting .308 with a .803 OPS. For the Blue Jays, Freddy Galvis tops the team with a .395 BA, four homers, nine ribbies, and a 1.342 OPS. Randal Grichuk has contributed three dongs and six RBIs.
Stanek has started two games for the Rays and also chipped in with some relief work. He has only thrown for six innings in total, but he has been effective in limited work. Last year, he had a 2.98 ERA over 66.1 innings pitched. Trent Thornton has two starts for Toronto and a pair of no-decisions. This is his first year in the big leagues, but he has pitched well thus far.
The Rays bullpen has been quite effective in the early part of the season. Over 51 innings, relievers collectively have an ERA of 2.47 with 15 walks and 48 strikeouts. Blue Jays relievers check in with a 3.52 ERA, 58 Ks, and 20 walks over 46 innings of work.
Tampa Bay has been one of the more pleasant surprises of the early part of the season, while Toronto looks like a squad that has some work to do. We’ll take the visitors for game one of tonight’s ticket.
New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves, 7:20 PM EST, MLBN
Mets vs. Braves pick:
Matz threw six solid innings in last night’s win, striking out eight batters and giving up two earned runs. The victory was the second in a row for the Mets, as they picked up a 9-6 home win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. That win snapped a two-game losing streak for New York.
The Braves had their three-game winning streak snapped by Matz and company on Thursday. The club took down the Miami Marlins at home on Sunday, and followed that up by taking two on the road from the Colorado Rockies by a combined score of 15-7.
|NY Mets||8-4||W2||6-4||1-NL East||75||70|
It has been a solid start to the year for the Mets, who kicked things off by winning five of their first six games. They dropped three of their next four, but the team has come back and won its last two outings. On the road thus far, New York is 6-1.
The Braves opened up the season being swept in three games at the Philadelphia Phillies. The team bounced back and won four in a row from that point, a streak that was stopped with a 4-2 home loss to the Marlins. Three more wins followed, a streak that was snapped last night. Atlanta is 5-2 at home.
Pete Alonso is off to a great start for the Mets. He’s batting .378 with six homers, 17 RBIs, and a 1.178 OPS. Michael Confort checks in with a 1.237 OPS and .348 BA. Freddie Freeman leads the Braves in batting at .348. Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the team with five homers, while Dansby Swanson is tops with 15 RBIs.
Wheeler was tagged for seven earned runs in his last start, giving up four hits, seven walks, and striking out just two. Last season, he was 12-7 with a 1.12 WHIP and 3.31 ERA. Newcomb has looked solid in two starts, giving up two earned runs and walking six batters to date. In 2018, he was 12-9 with a 3.90 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.
The Mets bullpen has struggled to start the year. The ERA stands at 6.25 through 40.1 innings with 48 Ks and 20 walks. The same holds true for the Braves as relievers have combined for an ERA of 5.53 with 43 strikeouts and 25 BBs through 40.2 innings of work.
Until Wheeler works the kinks out, it’s tough to trust him, and the bullpen struggles of the Mets bullpen doesn’t help matters. We’ll take the Braves for game two on our ticket.
Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners, 10:10 PM EST, RTNW
Astros vs. Mariners pick:
The Astros are picking up steam as the season moves along. The club is riding a six-game winning streak after sweeping the Oakland A’s and New York Yankees in successive home series. The team was last in action on Wednesday, picking up an 8-6 victory over the Yankees.
The Mariners opened up the year early and took a pair from the A’s in Japan. The team’s strong play continued upon their return to the states. Seattle has lost just twice this season, and the team already has a four- and a six-game winning streak on the resume.
After defeating the A’s by a combined score of 18-10 over three games, the Astros followed that up with another sweeep over the Yankees by a total of 18-12. In Wednesday’s win over New York, Jose Altuve smacked two bombs while Collin McHugh struck out nine over six frames. Houston is 2-5 on the road thus far.
The Mariners are riding a six-game winning streak of their own. After taking the final two of a three-game road series with the Chicago White Sox, the club won four on the road over the Kansas City Royals by a total of 32-19. Seattle is 5-1 at home this year.
Alex Bregman is leading the Astros with a .341 BA. Jose Altuve is tops with five homers, while George Springer leads the way with 10 RBIs. Dee Gordon is batting .365 to lead the Mariners. Jay Bruce has seven homers to top the team, while Domingo Santana leads with 19 ribbies.
Miley has done a pretty good job through two starts. After giving up three earned runs to the Rays in his first start, he came back and kept the A’s off the score sheet next time out. Last season, Miley was 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA. LeBlanc has given up six earned runs through two starts, but the Mariners bats have had his back. In 2018, LeBlanc was 9-5 with a 3.72 ERA.
The Houston bullpen checks in with a 3.03 ERA. Over 35.2 innings, Astros relievers have struck out 42 batters and given up nine walks. Seattle relievers have a combined ERA of 4.04 ERA over 55.2 innings with 57 Ks and 33 BBs.
This is the first tilt of what should be a solid three-game series for these two clubs. Both teams are hot, so something has to give. We’re rolling with the home underdogs to get the job done.