We have another jam-packed Friday night MLB slate to contend with. As opposed to driving ourselves crazy and attempting to tackle each and every contest on the docket, we’re taking out the usual course of action and zeroing in on the most appealing games of the night. The three games we have selected will make up this evening’s parlay ticket.
Our first matchup is a battle in Fenway Park of two top offenses. The Seattle Mariners open up a weekend series with the Boston Red Sox tonight. The visitors have fallen on hard times since opening up the year like a ball of fire, while the hosts have started to turn things after a challenging start to the season. Both teams enter tonight’s tilt at .500 on the year.
The second game on our ticket features the top two teams in the American League East standings. The 2nd place New York Yankees will be on the road to take on the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays in the opening game of an intriguing series. This one could turn into a pitching duel, as two hurlers who are off to fantastic starts to the year will be heading to the hill.
Last but not least, the Cleveland Indians are in Oakland this evening for the first of three with the A’s. The clubs enter tonight’s contest with identical 2-3 marks over their last five games. The Indians are in 2nd place in the AL Central, 3.5 games back of the 1st place Minnesota Twins. The A’s are in the basement of the AL West, 6.5 games behind the 1st place Houston Astros.
It should be an exciting night of action on the diamond, and we have three quality contests to look forward to. Let’s take a look at all three of our selected games in full detail, starting with a potential fireworks show in Fenway.
*Betting odds provided by: Sportsbetting.ag
Seattle Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:10 PM EST, MLBN
Mariners vs. Red Sox Pick:
The Mariners enter tonight’s game having lost three of four at the New York Yankees. The club is wrapping up a lengthy 10-game road trip in Boston. Over the last 10 games, the team is just 2-8. It has been the opposite story for the Red Sox of late. The team just took two of three on the road over the Baltimore Orioles, and they check in with a record of 8-2 over their last 10 outings.
Prior to the series with the Yankees, Seattle was in Cleveland for a series with the Indians. They dropped the first two games before bouncing back with a 10-0 win in the finale. The Mariners are 13-9 on the road this season. The Red Sox spent last weekend on the road at the Chicago White Sox, sweeping the series by a combined score of 30-5. Boston is 8-7 at home to date.
Both offenses have little trouble putting runs on the board, but the Mariners have been very hit or miss of late. Dee Gordon leads Seattle with a .304 BA. Edwin Encarnacion is tops with 12 homers, while Domingo Santana leads with 35 RBIs. For the Red Sox, J.D. Martinez is batting .309 to lead the way. Mitch Moreland is the team leader with 10 HRs and 24 ribbies.
Swanson has appeared in five games this season. His last outing was the best of the bunch, as he kept the Indians off the board while getting the win. It has been a roller coaster of a year for Rodriguez. He has been tagged pretty good in four starts, but he was on point in his three victories. Last week, he allowed a single earned run in a win over the White Sox.
The Red Sox have the edge when the relievers get involved. The Seattle pen is allowing too many base runners, and a .772 OPS points to opponents making some solid contact.
Boston is back to playing up to its capabilities, while Seattle has hit a major rough patch after a strong start to the year. We’ll take the hosts to open up this series with a victory.
New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 7:10 PM EST, MLBN
Yankees vs. Rays Pick:
The Yankees spent the early part of the week taking three of four at home over the Mariners. The club trails Tampa Bay by 1.5 games in the AL East standings, and they’re 6-4 over the last 10 games. Tampa Bay has a matching 6-4 mark for its last 10 contests. Earlier this week, the team took two of three at home over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.
|NY Yankees||22-15||W1||6-4||2-AL East||187||153|
|Tampa Bay||23-13||L1||6-4||1-AL East||169||110|
Last weekend, the Yankees were home for a three-game series with the Twins. They took two of three in that set. New York is 9-6 on the road for the year. Tampa Bay was on the road facing the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend. They split the first two, while Sunday’s was postponed for weather. The Rays are 11-8 at home to date.
Outside of the long ball, these two offenses are pretty much in line. DJ LeMahieu leads the Yankees with a .344 BA. Gary Sanchez tops the team with 11 homers, while Luke Voit leads with 30 RBIs. Brandon Lowe leads the Rays in the major statistical categories with a .304 BA, eight HRs, and 22 RBIs. Yandy Diaz has chipped in with seven homers and 18 ribbies.
German is off to an outstanding start to the year. In five of his seven outings, he has allowed two earned runs or less. In his last start, he got the win over the Twins while allowing a single earned run. Glasnow has also been stellar in the early part of the year. He has allowed two earned runs or less in all seven of his starts. Last time out, he kept the Orioles off the scoreboard and got the victory.
The Rays have a clear statistical edge here, and that’s with more work for relievers to boot. As evidenced by the K/9, New York hurlers have good stuff and can’t be discounted.
The top two teams in the AL East standings should combine for an entertaining weekend series. For the opener, we like the hosts to get the job done and walk away with the win.
Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland A’s, 9:37 PM EST, NBCSCA
Indians vs. A’s Pick:
This is the first game of a quick five-game road trip for the Indians. The club was home for four with the Chicago White Sox earlier this week, losing the first two but bouncing back to win the final two. Oakland was home for a series with the Cincinnati this week. They took the first two games by a combined score of 7-4, but fell in the finale yesterday by a score of 3-0.
Before the series with the White Sox, the Indians played host to the Mariners. They took two of three in that set, dropping the finale by a score of 10-0. Cleveland is 5-5 over the last 10 and 9-9 on the road for the year. Oakland is just 3-7 over the last 10 games and 12-9 at home. Last weekend, they dropped two of three on the home field to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Cleveland bats have been pretty light on an overall basis, and just 11 runs scored over the last five points to a club that’s struggling at the plate. Carlos Santana is the team’s biggest threat with a .293 BA, five homers, and 19 RBIs. Marcus Semien leads the A’s with a .289 BA. Khris Davis is tops on the team with 10 homers and 26 RBIs.
Anderson has appeared in four games as his comeback from surgery continues. Last time out, he gave up four earned runs to the Mariners over just 0.2 innings pitched. Montas has been steady and consistent this season. He has allowed three earned runs or less in all seven of his starts. In his last outing, he allowed one earned run in a no-decision versus the Pirates.
While the Indians may be lacking at the plate, the relief corps has been a bright spot for the team. The Oakland pen has been decent as well, but the nod goes to Cleveland.
The Indians are sending a question mark to the mound tonight, while the A’s will start a reliable arm who has been consistent all season. We’ll take the A’s to open up this series with a win.