As we head into the final couple of months of the baseball season, it has become very apparent who the teams to beat are and this clearly affects how MLB Picks are chosen along the week. The LA Dodgers are laying waste to the rest of the field in the National League, and will continue to try and dominate when they head to New York to face the Mets. Thus, we have a good selection of MLB betting odds for this Friday that will come in handy for the following matches. The Houston Astros are the cream of the American League, and they have what looks to be a very manageable series against the Toronto Blue Jays starting on Friday. The Minnesota Twins are hanging around in the Wild Card race, but need a good series against the Texas Rangers if they are to stay in that position.
Analyzing the MLB Betting Picks and Winning Favorites for Friday
LA Dodgers (75-32) at New York Mets (49-56)When: Friday, August 4 at 7:10 PM EST Where: Citi Field, NYC TV: MLBN Probable Pitchers: Yu Darvish Vs Jacob DeGrom GAMETIME WEATHER Clear 25°C/77°F Humidity: 73% Precipitation %: 4% Cloud Cover: 10% Wind: 14 mph SSE Stadium: Type Open MLB Picks Analysis: The Dodgers proved that they were human by dropping a game to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, but when you consider that they have now won 20 of their last 23 games, one loss amounts to very little in the grand scheme of things. Current trends have seen the Dodgers fail to cover in their last 4 games, with all of the match-ups also going the UNDER. The Dodgers picked up Yu Darvish (6-9, 4.01 ERA) in a trade with the Rangers, and he will make his first start in this one. When the Mets play, they usually end up in games with a lot of runs, and we have now seen 7 of their last 9 hit the OVER. Unfortunately, they don’t often end up winning those games, and have only managed a pair of wins in their last 7. This is a team that is simply playing out the season, so they may be in big trouble in this series. Jacob DeGrom (12-4, 3.29 ERA) probably represents their best shot at getting a win in this series.
Latest MLB Betting Trends
- Dodgers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 games
- Dodgers are 10-1 SU in the last 11 games
- The total went UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers’s last 5 games
- Mets are 4-2 ATS in the last 6 games
- Mets are 1-4 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went OVER in 7 of NY Mets’s last 10 games
Toronto Blue Jays (51-57) at Houston Astros (69-38)When: Friday, August 4 at 8:10 PM EST Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston TV: MLBN Probable Pitchers: Cesar Valdez Vs Brad Peacock GAMETIME WEATHER Partly Cloudy 29°C/85°F Humidity: 69% Precipitation %: 15% Cloud Cover: 49% Wind: 7 mph SE Stadium Type: Retractable MLB Picks Analysis: This season was always going to be the beginning of a rebuilding period for the Blue Jays, and that is exactly how it has played out. One area that has been a real surprise is how well Toronto have played against teams form the West, as they are an impressive 20-12 against that group. That includes splitting a 4-game series versus the Astros earlier in the season. Cesar Valdez (1-0, 6.59 ERA) will start for the Blue Jays. The biggest question surrounding the Astros in the regular season is how big their margin of victory is going to be in the West. They are currently 15 games ahead of the chasing pack, and are in possession of a rather staggering +163 run differential. At 4-6 in their last 10, they have cooled off a little, but it must be hard to stay motivated with a lead of this size. Brad Peacock (9-1, 2.62 ERA) will be on the mound for Houston.
Latest MLB Betting Trends
- Blue Jays are 2-4 ATS in the last 6 games
- Blue Jays are 7-3 SU in the last 10 games
- The total went OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games
- Astros are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 games
- Astros are 1-5 SU in the last 6 games
- The total went OVER in 9 of Houston’s last 13 games
Texas Rangers (51-56) at Minnesota Twins (51-54)When: Friday, August 4 at 8:10 PM EST Where: Target Field, Minneapolis TV: MLBN Probable Pitchers: Martin Perez Vs Bartolo Colon GAMETIME WEATHER Clear 23°C/73°F Humidity: 42% Precipitation %: 0% Cloud Cover: 6% Wind: 8 mph WNW Stadium Type: Open MLB Picks Analysis: The Rangers season could have been a whole lot different if they had a half decent pitching staff. They have given up a staggering 528 runs on the year, the exact same number as they have scored, and that includes 54 runs conceded in their last 7 games. The Rangers are 4-6 in their last 10 games, and are just 23-30 on the road this season. Martin Perez (5-9, 5.13 ERA) will be looking to avoid his 4th straight loss when he starts this one. The Minnesota Twins are still in the playoff hunt despite being 3 games under .500, and are just 3.5 games back of the final Wild Card spot. There are several teams ahead of them, though, and the Twins know they need to start picking up wins if they want to start passing that group. That is going to be easier said than done, as they have just 3 wins in their last 10 games. Bartolo Colon (2-9, 7.70 ERA) will get the start.
Latest MLB Betting Trends
- Rangers are 2-4 ATS in the last 6 games
- Rangers are 2-4 SU in the last 6 games
- The total went UNDER in 5 of Texas’s last 7 games
- Twins are 4-8 ATS in the last 12 games
- Twins are 1-4 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 7 games at home