MLB Picks and Predictions for 5/22/21 - Free MLB Picks
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MLB Games on Saturday, May 22nd
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It’s a full slate of games across the MLB on Saturday and there is plenty of value across the league in terms of MLB picks. Let’s take a look at a free MLB pick for every one of Saturday’s games.
Chicago White Sox +167 at New York Yankees -200 Total: 7
Gerrit Cole is coming off his worst start of the season against the Texas Rangers but he is going to bounce back in a big way. The White Sox’s offense is good but they are much better against left handed starters. And Cole is going to slow them down. The Yankees are also going to struggle to score Dylan Cease who currently sits with a 2.41 ERA. Look for a low-scoring game that stays under the total.
Play: Under 7
Arizona Diamondbacks -104 at Colorado Rockies -104 Total: 10.5
The Arizona Diamondbacks are going to get the job done with ease in this game. Antonio Senzatela will get the start for the Rockies and the team is 1-7 in his starts so far this season. This game is going to get ugly early with the Diamondbacks running up the score. Back the Diamondbacks on the run line.
Play: Diamondbacks -1.5
Houston Astros -186 at Texas Rangers +155 Total: 8.5
I don’t love the number that needs to be laid in this game with the Astros, but there is really no doubt that they are the play in this game. Lance McCullers Jr gets the start for the Astros and he sits with a 3-1 record and an ERA of 2.70. In the last two games of the series against the Yankees, the Rangers didn’t score a run and their offense won’t get going in this game. Back the Astros -1.5
Play: Astros -1.5
Baltimore Orioles +134 at Washington Nationals -161 Total: 9.5
The Nationals aren’t an elite team by any means, but they are the better team in this matchup, and should have no issues getting the job done. Even though Jon Lester doesn’t have a win yet, he hasn’t been terrible and just really hasn’t gotten the run support. The Orioles offense has been a big issue and they are going to have issues keeping the game close with the lack of scoring. Back the Nationals on the run line.
Play: Nationals -1.5
New York Mets at Miami Marlins
The biggest issue with the Mets is it seems most of their team is on the injured list, and for a team that was already having issues scoring, that isn’t going to help anything. Trusting the Marlins also isn’t a super solid bet, but they have to be the bet in this game. Back teh Marlins.
Play: Marlins ML
Pittsburgh Pirates at Atlanta Braves
The Pirates have had issues this season, but this is a great chance to take a shot on them as underdogs. The Braves are 3-7 in their last ten games played and now they face Mitch Keller who has confidence heading into this game. Back the Pirates to come away with the victory.
Play: Pirates ML
Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds
The Brewers' offense has been an issue this season and they aren't going to get anything going against the Reds in this game. Even though Gray is looking for his first win of the season he is actually the better pitcher in this game and he is going to find success in this game.
Play: Reds ML
Detroit Tigers +120 at Kansas City Royals -140 Total: 8
The wrong team is favored in this game. The Tigers are 8-2 in their last ten games and the offense has gotten going as of late. To start on the mound for the Tigers is Matthew Boyd who sits with a 2.45 ERA. Look for the Tigers offense to also get to the Royals pitching staff early and the Tigers will win this game on the money line.
Play: Tigers ML
Minnesota Twins +155 at Cleveland Indians -185 Total: 7.5
The Minnesota Twins offense finally broke out again on Friday and even though they are facing Shane Bieber, I think they are going to find success. Kenta Maeda hasn’t been great this season and the long ball has been an issue for them. Look for plenty of scoring by both teams and for this game to go well over the total.
Chicago Cubs -104 at St. Louis Cardinals -104 total: 8.5
The Cardinals are 6-4 in their last ten games and it’s a lean to them to win this game. The Cardinals had won two games in a row heading into Friday’s games, and their offense was the difference. Look for the Cardinals offense to run up the score and that will be the difference as they cruise to an easy victory in this game.
Play: Cardinals ML
Boston Red Sox -130 at Philadelphia Phillies +120 Total: 9
The Boston Red Sox are a strong offensive team and they are going to have no issue running up the score against Chase Anderson who hasn’t been great this season. Look for the Red Sox’s offense to be the difference as they have no issue winning this game.
Play: Red Sox ML
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
Walker Buehler will get the start for the Los Angeles Dodgers and he is going to have no issue locking down the San Francisco Giants in this game. Look for the Dodgers to win this game in blowout fashion and this is one where you can get the alternate run line. Backing the Dodgers -3.5 or -4.5 makes a lot of sense.
Play: Dodgers -1.5
Seattle Mariners at San Diego Padres
The Padres beat up on bad pitchers and that is exactly what they are facing in this game. Look for the Padres to get to Justus Sheffield and that is going to be the difference as they have no issues winning this game. Back the Padres -1.5
Play: Padres -1.5
Tampa Bay Rays -110 at Toronto Blue Jays -110 Total: 9.5
This total is way too high. Robbie Ray has been good for the Blue Jays this season and he will go deep in this game with not many runs allowed. The Blue Jays offense has been a bit inconsistent at times this season and this will be one of the games where points are hard to come by. Back the under to cash with ease.
Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels
The Angels are banged up and even though they have found success as of late, they are going to get the job done in this game. Look for the A’s led by Chris Bassitt on the mound to have success and this game is going to be done early. The A’s bas are also going to be strong early and they will come away with the victory. Back the A’s ML
Play: A’s ML