MLB Betting Guide: Friday 5/20/22

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Using our model as a guide, let's take a look at the best bets to make at MLB odds.

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Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels

A's Moneyline (+152): 3-Star Rating Out of 5

The Los Angeles Angels definitely have the advantage tonight when it comes to offense, but the Oakland Athletics may have an edge on the mound.

Oakland is giving the ball to Paul Blackburn, who has been a breakout player in the early part of the season. After posting a 4.71 SIERA and 14.9% strikeout rate in 2021, Blackburn is the owner of a sparkling 3.20 SIERA and 20.4% strikeout rate. His 10.6% swinging-strike rate hints that the strikeout rate could even be a bit higher, and with a 1.2 MPH increase in average fastball velocity, Blackburn's breakout seems pretty legit.

Of course, he's got a tall task in front of him against the Angels' offense, but Blackburn just held them to one earned run in 6 2/3 frames last time out.

Chase Silseth is going for the Halos. Silseth has pitched a whole six MLB innings in his career. While he was downright nasty at Double-A this year (37.4% strikeout rate) and gave up only three baserunners in six innings against the A's last week in his MLB debut, Silseth went just 81 pitches. That means we should see plenty of an Angels 'pen that is 12th-worst in reliever xFIP (3.90).

Our model really likes Oakland in this one. We have the underdog A's winning by a score of 4.93-4.51, and we give them win odds of 52.2%. With Oakland priced at +152 on the moneyline, taking them to win outright is a three-star play. We also give them a 69.3% chance to cover as 1.5-run 'dogs on the runline if you want to go that route.

New York Mets at Colorado Rockies

Over 10.0 (-106): 4-Star Rating Out of 5
Rockies Moneyline (+120): 1-Star Rating Out of 5

Let's start with this: the weather does not look promising for this one. But if it plays, there's value to be had, according to our model.

Two decent pitchers -- Carlos Carrasco and German Marquez -- tangle tonight at Coors. We like Coors to prevail, but we also see a sliver of value on the Colorado Rockies.

In his age-35 season and coming off a lost year, Carrasco has mostly been good this campaign, sporting a 3.56 SIERA. However, he's coming off a poor start against a meh Seattle Mariners offense in which he allowed four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. It was his second pretty bad outing of the year as 12 of the 17 earned runs he's allowed have come in those two starts. In short, he's got a blowup outing in him, and Coors might bring another out of him.

Marquez's 18.9% strikeout rate in the early part of the year is his lowest clip since his debut season in 2016. But most everything else checks out. He's got a 6.5% walk rate and 51.6% ground-ball rate. His 3.77 SIERA is his best mark since 2016. The matchup with a quality New York Mets offense is a tough one, but Marquez can have some success today.

Once Marquez is out of the game, the Mets will take their hacks against a Rox bullpen that carries the second-worst SIERA (4.08). That should help us get to the over.

We project this game to be a 6.29-5.75 win for the Mets. That's 12.04 total runs -- more than 2.0 runs over the listed total. We give the over a 62.6% chance to cash and hand it a four-star rating. It's our best bet of the day.

Even though we have the Rockies losing, we like their chances to win a little more than their +122 moneyline suggests. The +122 price implies odds of 45.0%. Our model thinks the Rox win 46.5% of the time. That's not a huge difference, but it's something.