We have our best value picks for three MLB games on Friday, including Dodgers vs Giants, Blue Jays vs Red Sox and Athletics vs Angels.
Bookmakers offer value odds throughout the Major League Baseball season and we have identified the best games to invest on to fill your pockets before the weekend.
MLB Betting Tips
Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants @ Oracle Park
The two best teams in the National League West battle on Friday morning and the Giants will look to put separation on the Dodgers.
San Francisco has won the last three games against the Dodgers to take a two-game lead in the division. As we come down to the final couple of months of the regular season, these games become more important.
It was a narrow 2-1 victory to the Giants earlier this week, but the Dodgers will look to rebound by sending David Price to the mound. The former Red Sox is 4-0 with an ERA of 3.35, so he’s pitching well in the blue and white colours.
San Fran counter with Jonny Cueto, who is 6-5. The experienced pitcher is playing well enough, but he needs to limit the amount of home runs given up. He has 13 already, so the Dodgers could get to him early.
We give the edge to the Dodgers with Price on the mound. He should give them a solid seven innings of work before the talented bullpen comes in and cleans up.
Having Mookie Betts on the injured list isn’t ideal, but the Dodgers have enough depth to cover his position.
Bet: Los Angeles Dodgers to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox @ Fenway Park
The Boston Red Sox have an impressive 62-40 record, but they are only 23-37 as favourites, so the betting lines will be interesting.
They come off consecutive wins over New York and Toronto where they scored a total of 10 runs, so the offence is clicking and playing at home is always a positive for the Sox.
Toronto is 50-47 after an interrupted season, but they have been struggling of late. They have dropped four of their last five games, including a 5-4 loss to the Red Sox earlier this week.
The Blue Jays have a 4-7 record against Boston this season, so if they’re going to make up ground in the American League East, they’ll need to beat their rival.
Heading to the mound for Boston is Eduardo Rodriguez, who is 7-5 with an ERA of 5.23. He has been a touch expensive, but his numbers stack up well against Hyun Jin Ryu.
Rodriguez has allowed the same amount of home runs, less walks, more strikeouts and only one more hit compared to Ryu. He has pitched less innings, but there isn’t much difference in the pitching matchup.
Boston’s bats are in better form and that’s why we’re picking the home team to win. The Red Sox are the division leaders for a reason and their dominance over Toronto should continue.
Bet: Boston Red Sox to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels @ Angel Stadium
It has been another frustrating season for Angels’ fans. They are 50-50, which is only good enough for fourth in the American League West.
They scored three consecutive wins before losing 12-3 to Colorado, so the consistency is lacking and they have been well and truly handled by the Oakland Athletics this season.
Los Angeles has a 3-9 record against Oakland, so they need to turn that around and having Alex Cobb on the mound is a good start on Friday. Cobb is 7-3 with an ERA of 3.82, so he has been solid and one of Los Angeles’ best.
He has allowed only three home runs from 77.2 innings, which is much better than Frankie Montas, who takes the mound for Oakland. Montas has allowed 16 home runs from 112 innings, so there is a sizable difference and the Angels could rely on the long ball.
As a team, the Angels have hit 134 homers and given the Athletics are riding a four-game road losing streak, we’re picking the Angels to get the job done at home.
Bet: Los Angeles Angels to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.