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3 MLB Best Bets for Friday, May 19

Mike Noblin
Written by Mike Noblin
May 19, 2023
3 MLB Best Bets for Friday, May 19

We lost our play on the Rays yesterday, but we're still 41-34 overall. It's been kind of a rough week after winning on Monday night. Just have to trust the process and keep grinding!

Friday's MLB card gives us 15 games to pick apart. Here are 3 MLB Best Bets for Friday, May 19. Let's start the weekend off right! Good luck, folks!

Best Bet: Yankees (-156)

Clarke Schmidt scares us, and this Reds team is pretty feisty at home. That being said, our power ratings say this number should be -180 or so. The Boys in Pinstripes are heating up and they just took 3 of 4 from the Blue Jays north of the border.

The numbers on Cincy starter Ben Lively are pretty deceiving. Sure his 1.69 ERA is impressive, but he's only worked 5.1 innings so far this season. Before this season, Lively hadn't been in the majors since 2019 with Kansas City. This Yankees lineup should be able to get to Lively in this game.

Yanks slugger Aaron Judge has been knocking the cover off the ball of late. The reigning MVP has hit 4 homers in his last 4 games, and we don't see him slowing down in Cincinnati.

Best Bet: Phillies (-115)

The Cubbies started off the season pretty well, but they've been in a funk of late by only winning 2 of their last 10 games. The Phils are in the midst of their own 4 game losing streak, but they still have the better overall squad. We think Philadelphia's lineup busts through tonight against Marcus Stroman.

Stroman looked like a legitimate Cy Young candidate in April, but he's 0-3 with a 5.54 ERA over his last 5 starts. JT Realmuto, Josh Harrison, and Bryson Stott are all hitting over .300 in their careers against Stroman. Kyle Schwarber leads the Phillies with 10 homers.

Philadelphia will send Ranger Suarez to the hill for his 2nd start of the year. The crafty lefty struggled against the Rockies in his last start, but we expect him to return to his 2022 form soon. Let's play the Phils at this reasonable price.

Best Bet: Twins (-120)

This line almost seems too good to be true. We're getting Joe Ryan (6-1, 2.16 ERA) at a really cheap price against Reid Detmers (0-3, 4.89 ERA). Sure, Minny struggles against lefties, but they still have the better overall ballclub.

Detmers has really struggled over his last 3 starts. He's 0-2 with a 1.80 WHIP, and we believe the Twins bats can knock him around in the early part of this game. Joey Gallo leads Minnesota with 10 home runs, but he's questionable for this game with a leg injury.

Neither team has a clear edge in the bullpen department, but the starting pitching edge for the Twinkies can't be overstated. Let's take Minnesota in this one!

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