Friday is going to be extremely busy with 20 MLB games on the schedule. There are several doubleheaders among them as teams try to make up for lost games because of cancellations related to COVID-19. We have plenty of wagers to consider on DraftKings Sportsbook, so let’s get right down to business and highlight some to consider.
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Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
This is a battle between two teams headed in opposite directions. The White Sox are only one game back in the loss column for the lead in the AL Central and the Royals have lost three straight and are currently sitting in the basement of the division. They have already faced each other four times this season, with the White Sox winning three of those matchups.
The Royals will send a struggling pitcher to the mound in Brady Singer. The former first-round pick in the 2018 Draft has been thrust into the Major League rotation this season despite having never pitched above Double-A. It’s been a rough beginning to his career with him posting a 5.56 FIP and a 1.36 WHIP through seven starts. With the White Sox’s potent lineup having already hung 11 runs on the Royals on Thursday, look for them to propel the team to another victory here.
Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets
The Phillies have come on strong by winning nine of their last 10 games. Their offense has led the way, averaging six runs a night during that stretch. Their team OPS has increased to .807, which is the second-highest mark in baseball behind only the Padres (.825).
This is a great opportunity for them to keep their bats rolling considering the Mets will start Rick Porcello. He has a bloated 1.58 WHIP through his first seven starts, which has contributed to him allowing at least four runs four times. That includes a start against these same Phillies in which he allowed four runs across six innings. At these favorable odds, taking a chance on the over could prove to be profitable.
St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
This has the makings of an excellent pitching duel. Starting for the Cubs will be Yu Darvish, who has allowed one or no runs in each of his last six starts. He has a sparkling 1.00 WHIP and held the Cardinals to one run across six innings earlier this season. Taking the mound for the Cardinals will be Jack Flaherty, who has allowed one run across 10 innings in his last two starts. His pitch count is nearly built back up after the team had a long layoff because of a COVID-19 outbreak, so he should be able to log at least five innings once again. Runs should be at a premium earlier on in this game.
Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers
There isn’t a lot to like about the Mariners’ lineup. Their .689 OPS is the sixth-lowest mark in baseball and they have only averaged 4.2 runs a game. Part of their problem has been their inability to make contact, which has left them with the ninth-most strikeouts. They are coming off of a series with the Angels in which they scored three runs or fewer in each contest.
Despite all of those numbers that would suggest staying away from the over, they have a favorable opportunity to be productive in this contest. The Rangers will be mostly going with a bullpen game after the trade of Mike Minor left a hole in their starting rotation. Kyle Kody is set to start, but he likely won’t pitch long considering he’s thrown a total of 4 1/3 innings across his three relief appearances this season. With plenty of at bats likely coming against middle relievers, taking the over on this reasonable number could work out well.
Milwaukee Brewers at Cleveland Indians
Garcia’s first season with the Brewers isn’t going well. He has an 81 wRC+ and his .112 ISO is on pace to be his lowest mark since 2015. He hasn’t been driving in many runs, totaling just 11 RBI across 32 games. In fact, he’s failed to drive in a run in 11 of his last 12 games. His chances or recording an RBI here aren’t great with Carlos Carrasco scheduled to start for the Indians. He’s coming off of a six-inning shutout against the Cardinals in his last start and he’s allowed three runs or fewer in six of his seven starts, overall.
Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers: Mariners ML + Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies: Dodgers ML (+158)
Even with their recent difficulties scoring runs, the Mariners have won three of their last five games and seven of their last 10 contests, overall. The last time they faced the Rangers, they swept all three games in Seattle. The Rangers have been flat out awful on the road with a 4-13 record there this season.
The Dodgers are heating up as the playoffs draw closer. They have won five straight and eight of their last 10 to improve their overall record to 29-10 for the season. Meanwhile, the Rockies are 18-19 and were swept in the three-game series that they played with the Dodgers earlier this season, which also came in Los Angeles. They will start Antonio Senzatela in this game, who the Dodgers roughed up for six runs across 5 1/3 innings during that series. Don’t be surprised if the Dodgers make it four straight wins over their division rivals.
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