We have another packed slate across baseball on Friday with 16 MLB games on the schedule. Let’s not waste any time and dive right into some wagers to consider on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals
The Braves bounced back from being shut out by the Marlins to score 29 runs against them on Wednesday. They followed that up by hanging seven runs on the Nationals in their series opener Thursday. Having Ozzie Albies back provides a big boost to an already potent lineup that has the highest OPS (.840) in baseball. This is a great spot for them to keep their bats rolling against Erick Fedde, who enters with a 5.29 ERA and an even worse 7.14 FIP. He faced the Braves in his last outing and was touched up for four runs, which included three home runs, across 3 2/3 innings.
Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers
This seems like a low total for the White Sox to hit. They have one of the most potent lineups in the league, generating the fifth-highest OPS (.806). Playing at home has helped their cause given that they have a .822 OPS there compared to a .794 OPS on the road. They have averaged 5.3 runs a game for the season and have scored at least five runs in five of their last six games. This will be the second time they have faced Casey Mize, who they scored three runs against across 4 1/3 innings in his big-league debut. He’s mostly struggled since being called up, recording a 6.75 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.
Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins
This game has the potential to be an excellent pitcher’s duel. Starting for the Indians will be Shane Bieber, who is sporting a 1.60 FIP to go along with a monstrous 42.9 percent strikeout rate. He’s already faced the Twins twice this season, limiting them to two runs across 14 innings. Taking the mound for the Twins will be Kenta Maeda, who has been excellent in his own right with a 2.77 ERA that is supported by a 2.97 FIP. Across his two starts against the Indians this season, he’s only allowed one run over 11 innings. Let’s roll with the under here.
Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers
Giolito dominated the Tigers the first time they faced off, allowing three hits and recording 13 strikeouts across seven innings. Including that outing, he’s recorded at least eight strikeouts in four straight starts. In fact, he’s recorded at least eight strikeouts in six of his last seven outings, overall. The Tigers have struck out the third-most times in baseball, giving Giolito an excellent opportunity to miss plenty of bats in their rematch.
Kansas City Royals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
This might not seem like a great wager with Dozier hitting only .231. However, he does have at least one hit in eight of the last 10 games. He’s also facing an underwhelming left-handed pitcher in Steven Brault, who only has a 19.6 percent strikeout rate to go along with his 1.50 WHIP. His inability to keep men off base is nothing new, either, given that he has a 1.56 WHIP for his career. I’ll take a chance on Dozier getting at least one hit here based on this matchup.
Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers: White Sox ML + Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers: Athletics ML (+105)
I’ve already discussed this first game on both sides, so of course, I like the White Sox to come away with the win, as well. They have a huge advantage in starting pitchers and they have already given the Tigers plenty of problems this season, winning six of seven meetings with them.
The Rangers have their eyes on the offseason with their 15-28 record finding them in the basement of the AL West. They have lost nine of their last 12 games and now have to face an A’s team that has the second-best record in baseball. The A’s have had plenty of success against the Rangers while building that lofty record, winning five of six meetings with them. Although the A’s don’t exactly have a dominant pitcher in Mike Fiers set to take the mound, they could score in bunches against Jordan Lyles, who is expected to follow opener Luis Garcia. Lyles has been downright dreadful, allowing 32 runs across 35 2/3 innings.
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