Just a single game on the afternoon docket means we have a jam-packed slate for Friday night MLB. There are 14 games to sift through this evening, but we have already done the heavy lifting. Here are the games we’re zeroed in on for tonight’s parlay ticket.
First up is the opener for one of the best rivalries in MLB. The Boston Red Sox are in New York for a weekend set with the Yankees. The visitors took three of four over their rivals at home last week, but the hosts still hold a 10.5-game lead over them in the American League East standings.
Next up is an American League battle out in Cleveland. The Los Angeles Angels are on the road this weekend for a three-game set with the Indians. The clubs bring matching records of 2-3 over their last five games to the table for tonight’s series opener.
The last game on our ticket is a meeting of National League squads out on the West Coast. The Washington Nationals will be in San Diego for the first of three with the Padres. The visitors are riding a two-game losing streak, while the hosts have dropped three of their last four.
That’s three games to focus on for a busy night of MLB action. Let’s take a look at our selections in full detail, starting with the battle in the Bronx.
*Betting odds provided by: Sportsbetting.ag
Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees, 7:05 PM EST, MLBN
Red Sox vs. Yankees Pick:
The Red Sox opened up the week at home with a series versus the Tampa Bay Rays. They wound up losing all three by a combined score of 23-14. The Yankees were at home splitting a two-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks, winning the finale by a score of 7-5.
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Boston will be on the road for this series before returning home. The team is 32-22 in away games on the season. This set will close out a six-game homestand for New York. They’re 39-18 on the home field this year. For the season series, the Yankees have a 7-4 advantage.
These are two of the best offenses in MLB, and they have been producing similar results of late. Rafael Devers is batting .327 to lead the Red Sox. Xander Bogaerts is tops on the team with 25 homers and 80 RBIs. DJ LeMahieu leads New York with a .332 BA and 71 ribbies. He’s day-to-day but expected to play tonight. Gary Sanchez is the team leader with 24 HRs.
Rodriguez is having a solid season. He has wins in five straight and in seven of his last 10 outings. For his last game, he allowed three earned runs over 5.2 innings while getting the victory over the Yankees. Paxton has been struggling lately with losses in three of his last four appearances. Last time out, he allowed seven earned runs over four innings to take loss versus the Red Sox.
The Yankees have the statistical edge when the bullpens get involved in this series. Over his last 10 games, Rodriguez has lasted six innings or more six times. Paxton has pitched five innings or more in five of his last 10 outings.
The bats were alive for last weekend’s series between these two squads. A projected run total of 10.5 suggests we could see more fireworks tonight. Rodriguez has been much more consistent than Paxton. We’ll look to that as the difference-maker as the Red Sox open the series with a win.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Cleveland Indians, 7:10 PM EST, MLBN
Angels vs. Indians Pick:
Los Angeles opened up the week at home by dropping two of three to the Detroit Tigers, losing the finale by a score of 9-1. Cleveland was home for three with the Houston Astros. They also lost two of three and fell in the final game by a score of 9-1.
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Tonight marks the start of a nine-game road trip for the Angels. The club is 27-26 in away games on the year. The Indians are closing out a six-game homestand with this set. They’re 33-23 on the home field for the season. This will be the first meeting of the year for the two clubs.
Los Angeles has the overall edge at the plate, but Cleveland has been a little more productive over the last five games. Mike Trout leads the way for the Angels with a .295 BA, 35 HRs, and 86 RBIs. Kole Calhoun has 24 homers and 58 ribbies thus far. Francisco Lindor is batting .305 to lead the Indians. Carlos Santana is the team leader with 23 dongs and 63 RBIs.
Peters has six total appearances and two starts under his belt this season. He has pitched four innings or more in each of his last three games. Last time out, he gave up two earned runs over four innings in a no-decision versus the Baltimore Orioles. Clevinger has started nine games this year and has wins in three straight. For his last game, he gave up one over seven versus the Kansas City Royals.
Cleveland has one of the top bullpens in MLB and a distinct advantage here, but Los Angeles relievers have lots more innings of work. Peters has only reached five innings twice this season. Clevinger has pitched five innings or more in seven of nine games.
The Angels enter tonight’s game with a mark of 5-5 over the last 10, while Cleveland is 6-4 over the same span. Clevinger has been real solid overall since returning for the Indians, who are big favorites tonight. We see nothing to suggest the oddsmakers are wrong and are rolling with the Indians as a result.
Washington Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:40 PM EST, FSAZ
Nationals vs. Diamondbacks Pick:
The Nationals began the week at home losing two of three to the Atlanta Braves, falling by a score of 5-4 in 10 innings in the final game. The Diamondbacks were in New York splitting two with the Yankees, dropping the second game by a score of 7-5.
Washington opens up a nine-game road trip with tonight’s contest. The team is 26-26 in away games for the year. Arizona opens up a six-game homestand this evening. They’re 23-26 at home on the season. Earlier this year, the clubs split four games in the nation’s capital.
These two offenses are real close overall, but the Nationals have been more productive recently. Anthony Rendon is leading the way for Washington with a .317 BA, 23 HRs, and 80 RBIs. Juan Soto has chipped in with 20 homers and 70 ribbies. Ketel Marte leads Arizona with a .314 BA and 23 dongs. Eduardo Escobar is the team leader with 81 RBIs.
Ross has 19 appearances this season but only one start. For his last outing, he gave up six earned runs over 4.2 innings in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. There were rumblings that Ray would be moved at the trade deadline, but he has stuck around. For his last start, he gave up two earned runs over six innings in a loss to the Miami Marlins.
The Diamondbacks have the statistical advantage here, but the Nationals took steps to shore up the bullpen at the deadline. Ross has pitched a total of 10 innings in his last two games. Ray has lasted six innings or more in nine of his last 10 outings.
Washington checks in with a record of 5-5 over the last 10, while Arizona is 4-6 over the same span. Arizona has the edge on starter and bullpen, but the Nationals bats have been better of late. We’re going with the Diamondbacks for the final game on tonight’s ticket.