MLB Picks and Predictions for 6/18/21 - Free MLB Picks
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Friday, June 18th, 2021
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All 30 teams are in action on Friday, June 18th, 2021 in the MLB. Let’s take a look at the odds as well as the free betting picks for each game.
Oakland Athletics +108 New York Yankees -118 Total: 9.5
I am not in love with Jameson Taillon but the Yankees are playing with passion and I expect their bats to be enough at home against the A's James Kaprielian.
Pick: New York Yankees -118
Cleveland Indians -150 Pittsburgh Pirates +130 Total: 8.5
I still believe the Indians are pretenders and should not be laying this much juice on the road. The Pirates' Chad Kuhl has been awful this year but the Indians have one of the weakest lineups in baseball. I would not be shocked to see Pittsburgh sneak this one out.
Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates +130
New York Mets -110 Washington Nationals -110 Total: 8.5
This an ultimate fade of the Nationals' Joe Ross. The Mets are the better team and we are getting a good price with them on the road in this spot. The Mets' Joey Luchessi should be able to toss some fine innings early on.
Pick: New York Mets -110
Toronto Blue Jays -160 Baltimore Orioles +150 Total: 9
The Orioles have been abysmal this season but hit left-handed pitchers really well. The Blue Jays' Robbie Ray is allowing too many home runs for my liking, so I will take the plus money with the home team as Toronto has struggled as of late.
Pick: Baltimore Orioles +150
St. Louis Cardinals +155 Atlanta Braves -185 Total: 9.5
The Cardinals look lost at the plate and the Braves need to pick up as many wins as they can get. The Cardinals' Carlos Martinez may be moved to the bullpen before we know it, so let's fade him here while we have the chance.
Pick: Atlanta Braves -1.5
Miami Marlins +135 Chicago Cubs -154 Total: TBA
Call me crazy but I do not feel comfortable laying -154 odds with the Cubs when Zach Davies is on the mound. The Marlins' Pablo Lopez is the much stronger starter and should be able to bounce back from a rough start on Sunday.
Pick: Miami Marlins +135
Minnesota Twins -160 Texas Rangers +140 Total: 9
These are two of the uglier teams in the American League but I have to give the edge to the Twins. Minnesota has the better starter on the mound in Jose Berrios and the Twins' bats are stronger as well.
Pick: Minnesota Twins -160
Boston Red Sox TBA Kansas City Royals TBA Total: TBA
The Royals have not announced a starting pitcher for this one yet but I am still going to take the Red Sox regardless. The Red Sox's Nick Pivetta has won a good amount of ballgames for Boston and the Red Sox should take advantage of a weak KC bullpen.
Pick: Boston Red Sox ML
Chicago White Sox -110 Houston Astros -110 Total: 8.5
This is a big series for both teams and with the Astros dominating on Thursday, I am going to side with Houston here again. The Astros hit left-handed pitching well and the White Sox's Carlos Rodon is a southpaw. Houston should be able to take game two of this series.
Pick: Houston Astros -110
Milwaukee Brewers -190 Colorado Rockies +165 Total: 10.5
Despite the Brewers' offense struggling on Thursday against German Marquez, I do think Milwaukee wakes up a bit against the Rockies' Antonio Senzatela and the rest of the Rockies' bullpen. Both teams should be able to score at least five runs, so I like over.
Pick: Over 10.5
Detroit Tigers +165 Los Angeles Angels -190 Total: 9
The Angels are hovering around .500 while the Tigers are six games under .500 on the road this year. I like the Angels' Alex Cobb in this spot, as I see a bounce-back performance after two weak outings.
Pick: Los Angeles Angels -1.5
Los Angeles Dodgers TBA Arizona Diamondbacks TBA Total: TBA
Trevor Bauer will have all eyes on him in this start and I think he and the Dodgers show off in a comfortable win. The Diamondbacks' Caleb Smith has pitched well in spots this year but the LA bats will be too much for him.
Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5
Philadelphia Phillies +107 San Francisco Giants -127 Total: 8.5
I like the over in this one, which is not something you see too often in Giants' games. Both the Giants' Johnny Cueto and the Phillies' Vince Velasquez are well past their prime and both teams should benefit offensively.
Pick: Over 8.5
Cincinnati Reds +155 San Diego Padres -180 Total: 8
The Padres have been fantastic at Petco Park this year but this price seems a bit too outrageous considering the Reds' recent play. Chris Paddack of the Padres does not come across as a -180 pitcher in my eyes, so I will side with the Reds based on value alone.
Pick: Cincinnati Reds +155
Tampa Bay Rays -110 Seattle Mariners -110 Total: 7.5
Getting the defending American League champs at this price is too good to be true, but I will fall for the trap I guess. Tampa Bay is just the better team and although the Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi has pitched well, I do not think he does enough for the M's to catch a win.
Pick: Tampa Bay Rays -110