MLB Betting: Friday Best Bets

MLB Betting: Friday Best Bets

This article is part of our MLB Betting series.

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I'm focusing on a couple of big strikeout pitchers in each league Friday night and banking on them to be in top form despite each taking the hill on the road.

Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles   7:05 PM ET

Starting Pitchers: Robbie Ray vs. Chris Ellis

The Pick: Ray Over 7.5 strikeouts (-125 on DraftKings Sportsbook)

Secondary Pick: Orioles Under 1.5 runs – first 5 innings (-120 on DraftKings Sportsbook) for 1 RW Buck

Ray has eight straight quality starts and double-digit Ks in four consecutive outings. He's recorded at least eight strikeouts in 16 of 27 starts and boasts a 12.4 K/9 on the road. Ray has also surrendered one earned run or less in three of his last four starts and held the Orioles to just two over seven innings while recording 10 strikeouts two starts ago.  

Cincinnati Reds   at St. Louis Cardinals   8:15 PM ET

Starting Pitchers: Tyler Mahle vs. Jon Lester 

The Pick: Reds -0.5 – first 5 innings (+105 on DraftKings Sportsbook) for 1 RW Buck

Secondary Pick: Mahle Over 5.5 strikeouts (-110 on FanDuel Sportsbook) for 1 RW Buck

Mahle is the most profitable F5 pitcher in baseball with an 18-5-5 mark in that split, and the Reds have a 65-55-19 mark in first 5 innings moneyline wagers as well. Mahle also has at least six strikeouts in 19 of 28 starts, exceeding that mark with eight and nine Ks in two of three starts versus the Cardinals this season.

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Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL and Arena Football for Rotowire.com, including serving as the beat writer for teams in multiple sports. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports as well.
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