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MLB Daily Betting Guide: Baseball Betting Odds & Picks for April 15, 2022
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Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox (7:11 pm ET)
Team Favored and Spread: Chicago -1.5
Total Runs: 8.5
After winning their first three games of the season, the Rays have now dropped three of their last four against a depleted Oakland A’s team. Starting Friday, they will face much stiffer competition as they take on the Chicago White Sox.
For Chicago, their 4-2 start is good enough to put them atop the AL Central. As the overwhelming favorite to win the division this year, it comes as no surprise that they occupy the top spot.
Both of these teams are looking to bounce back from losses on Thursday, but the White Sox seemingly have the advantage in the pitching matchup Friday. They will send Dylan Cease (1-0, 1.80 ERA) to the mound to take on Drew Rasmussen (0-0, 4.50 ERA).
Expect the White Sox to ride Cease as deep as they can before turning it over to their vaunted bullpen. Take Chicago to cover the 1.5 runs on the runline and for the total to stay under the 8.5 runs.
San Francisco Giants at Cleveland Guardians (7:11 pm ET)
Team Favored and Spread: San Francisco -1.5
Total Runs: 8
After scoring 44 runs combined in their last four games, the last thing that Cleveland wanted was a day off on Thursday. Even with the day off, though, they still lead the majors in runs scored.
The team has been led by third baseman Jose Ramirez, who made his seven-year contract extension official on the off day. Thus far, he is hitting .480/536/1.040 with three home runs, 14 runs batted in, and five runs in just 25 at bats.
The Guardians will have their hands full on Friday, though, as they go against the San Francisco Giants’ tough lefty Carlos Rodon. In his first start, he went five innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out 12.
Opposing him on the mound is the Guardians’ Zach Plesac. He took the no-decision in his last outing after giving up no earned runs in 5.2 innings of work.
Until they prove that they have come back to Earth, it is hard to bet against the Guardians’ offense, especially when they are the underdog. Take Cleveland +1.5 and expect the total to stay under the eight runs.
Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres (9:41 pm ET)
Team Favored and Spread: Atlanta -1.5
Total Runs: 8
San Diego put on quite the offensive display in the first game of this four-game series on Thursday. In their 12-1 victory, they racked up 16 hits including home runs by C.J. Abrams and Manny Machado.
Joe Musgrove outpitched veteran Charlie Morton, going 6.2 innings of scoreless ball and striking out six.
Friday’s contest will feature a pair of youngsters taking the mound as 26-year-old Kyle Wright (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will take on 23-year-old lefty MacKenzie Gore in his first-ever start.
At 3-5, the Braves have struggled out of the gates thus far, and it is no certainty that Kyle Wright will be able to replicate his first outing against a solid Padres team.
For that reason, take San Diego +1.5 on the runline while expecting the total to hit the over.
Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners (9:43 pm ET)
Team Favored and Spread: Houston -1.5
Total Runs: 8.5
The Seattle Mariners (3-4) will welcome in the division rival Houston Astros (4-2) for the Mariners’ home opener Friday night.
The Astros will send veteran righty Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 4.50 ERA) to the mound to square off with southpaw Marco Gonzales (0-1, 9.00 ERA).
After finishing five games behind the Astros in the standings in 2021, the Mariners are trying to set the tone early this season as a legitimate contender. Outfielder Mitch Haniger has gotten off to a tremendous start from a power standpoint. While he only has four hits, three of them have been home runs.
The Astros will hope to return slugger Yordan Alvarez to the lineup as he has been out for the last couple games with a stomach bug.
After a rough 2021, it is hard to fully trust Jake Odorizzi at this point. For that reason, take the Mariners to cover the -1.5 runline and expect the total to go over.
Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers (10:11 pm ET)
Team Favored and Spread: Los Angeles -1.5
Total Runs: 9.5
The Reds showed quite a bit of resiliency in Thursday’s game against Los Angeles. After going down 3-0 in the first inning, the pitching settled in and the Reds tied up the game in the seventh inning.
Cincinnati displayed some power as both Aristedes Aquino and Brandon Drury hit home runs. Of some concern, though, is the fact that Jonathan India had to leave Thursday’s game with a hamstring injury meaning he will be out for at least Friday’s game.
Adding insult to injury, the Reds’ pitching fell apart in the eighth inning, giving up six runs en route to a 9-3 loss. Cincinnati will look to bounce back on Friday.
Both of the starters in this contest will be looking for their first win in this one as Vladimir Gutierrez (0-1, 4.15 ERA) takes the mound for the Reds against the Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 3.00 ERA).
While it is hard to put too much trust into either of these pitchers, the Dodgers seem like the better bet given their offense’s ability to put runs up in bunches (seen in Thursday’s game). Take the Dodgers in this one to not only win but to cover the -1.5 runline, Expect the total to stay under the 9.5 runs.
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