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Written by Mike Noblin
May 26, 2023
3 MLB Best Bets for Friday, May 26

3 MLB Best Bets for Friday, May 26

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After a tough 0-2 night, we're looking to bounce back in a big way! The Tigers lit up Lucas Giolito, which burned our bet on the Chi Sox. That line closed about 15 cents higher than we got it at, but hey, closing line value doesn't pay the bills.

The Mariners also let us down. They beat the A's, but only by 1 run, which spoiled our run line play. That's how it goes sometimes in the wild world of MLB betting.

Here are 3 MLB Best Bets for Friday, May 26. Let's do this! Best of luck with all of your action on this Memorial Day Weekend. Thanks so much to all who serve or have served!

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LA Dodgers vs Tampa Bay Rays

Best Bet: Dodgers (+106)

We hate fading the Rays, but our power ratings actually have the Dodgers as the favorite in this matchup. Tampa Bay is still cruising right along, especially at home where they are 24-5 on the season. That being said, LA just took 2 of 3 from Atlanta, which is a sign that they're coming around.

Noah Syndergaard isn't nearly as dominant as he used to be, but he's still capable of stringing together some quality starts. He hasn't had a great season, but his FIP is actually slightly better than Tampa starter Jalen Beeks (4.44 vs 4.64). Syndergaard's hard-hit rate is also a respectable 38.4%.

Max Muncy leads LA with 15 homers and 35 RBI. Look for a big game from him and for the Dodgers to steal this one in Tampa.

St. Louis Cardinals vs Cleveland Guardians

Best Bet: Cardinals (+104)

Here's another underdog that we feel is the better baseball team in this matchup. The Cards let us down on Wednesday night, but you have to have a short memory in this business. St. Louis has won 6 of their last 10, while Cleveland has only won 3 of 10.

We love what we saw from Cards starter Matthew Liberatore during his last start. He struck out 6 and allowed no runs through 5 innings of work against Milwaukee. Liberatore is a 23-year-old crafty lefty that should fare well against this Cleveland lineup.

Fading Cleveland ace Shane (don't call me Justin) Bieber is kind of a scary proposition. However, Bieber hasn't been as sharp in 2023. His hard-hit rate is at 50.5%, which is insanely high. Let's roll the dice with the boys from St. Louie!

Washington Nationals vs Kansas City Royals

Best Bet: Nationals (+108)

It's hard to make money betting on bad teams. However, that's not necessarily the case if they're playing another bad team! Kansas City is only 15-36 this season and they shouldn't be favored over anyone except Oakland.

This sounds crazy but Patrick Corbin is worth a shot today. The veteran lefty has been dialed in over his last 3 starts with a 2-1 record and an ERA of only 3.00. Contrast that with KC starter Jordan Lyles, who is 0-3 with a robust 8.27 ERA over his last 3 outings.

Washington isn't great, but they're 10-12 on the road this season, which isn't terrible considering their lack of resources. We'll play the Nats at this nice dog price!

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