When in doubt for MLB wagering, always bet favorites. Baseball is a sport where any team can win, but favorites are more successful over 162 games. It’s time to start your weekend right and win on Friday. Here are the favorites that you should wager in MLB today.
Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees Preview
Tigers vs. Yankees Predictions
Best Bet - Yankees ML (-350)
You do not need odds or records to know that the Yankees are favored at home against the Tigers. New York is only three games better than Detroit in the record book, but do not be fooled. The Yankees are a much better team than the Tigers.
New York was slow to hit its stride in 2021, but the bats are starting to come along. The Bronx Bombers are not in full effect, but they are getting better in every game. The Yankees have won five of their last eight games. Detroit has only one a single game in their past five outings.
The main reason to bet New York on Friday is Gerrit Cole. Cole, one of the best pitchers in baseball, is expected to lock down the Tigers. He is 3-1 in five starts with a 1.71 ERA. The most significant stat for Cole is that he has struck out 50 batters in 31.2 innings.
Detroit’s lackluster offense gives you no choice but to bet the Yankees.
Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers Preview
Red Sox vs. Rangers Predictions
Best Bet - Red Sox ML (-170)
The Red Sox will face the Rangers in the second game of four in Arlington, Texas. The Red Sox have cooled off, but they are coming off a sweep of the Mets. This is not saying much because New York forgot how to hit, but Boston defeated Jacob deGrom.
The Red Sox managed to steal a couple of hits and a run off the best pitcher in baseball. I expect the Red Sox to continue their dominance against the Rangers. Texas is potentially the worst team in baseball over 162 games.
Nathan Eovaldi will pitch for Boston. He has done a terrific job filling the void without Chris Sale. Eovaldi is 3-2 with a 3.77 ERA. He will face Kohei Arihara, who has put up similar numbers. However, Arihara relies on the ground ball, so Red Sox hitters should take advantage of his mistakes.
Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins Preview
Royals vs. Twins Predictions
Best Bet - Twins ML (-138)
The Minnesota Twins have underperformed to start the 2021 campaign. Nevertheless, this has been a recurring theme throughout Minnesota’s franchise history. The Twins love to start slow, but they seemed to find some momentum on Wednesday.
Minnesota snapped a four-game losing streak on Wednesday when they beat the Indians. Minnesota blasted six homers to carry them to victory. It’s not common to see a team hit six home runs, not follow it up with more hits.
Michael Pineda, who has a 2.42 ERA in 2021, will make a start. He is going to pitch against Brady Singer. This is a tight matchup, but I like the Twins’ offense after the big showing on Wednesday.
If you wager the Yankees, Red Sox, and Twins, you will start your weekend right.