MLB Betting Guide: Friday 8/5/22

Will the Twins bounce back and pick up a win today? Which other bets stand out on Friday?

numberFire has built comprehensive algorithms to pinpoint the bets with the highest probability of returning money – whether you are betting on the total, a runline, or moneyline.

For those new to numberFire, we use a five-star system to show which bets you should be targeting on any given night. Stars represent how much you should risk on a wager relative to what you would normally bet. For example, if you would normally bet $110 to win $100 on a -110 spread wager, if we give a three-star ranking, we suggest risking three times that amount: $330 to win $300.

Using our model as a guide, let's take a look at today's most appealing MLB lines from FanDuel Sportsbook.

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Toronto Blue Jays at Minnesota Twins

Twins +1.5 (-150): 3-Star Rating Out of 5
Twins Moneyline (+110): 2-Star Rating Out of 5

Our model is viewing the Minnesota Twins as slight favorites (56.3%) in this matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Toronto got the 9-3 win last night in the series opener, and they'll be starting Jose Berrios (8-4, 4.96 ERA, 5.17 expected ERA) against Tyler Mahle (5-7, 4.40 ERA, 3.20 expected ERA) in his Twins debut.

The Twins' active roster holds a 121 wRC+ against right-handed pitching, tied for third-best in the Majors, while the Blue Jays are no slouch either at a 113.

However, the underlying pitching data does prefer Mahle to Berrios, and the Twins' bats should be able to take advantage.

Our model views them as 68.0% likely to cover the run line (good for an expected return of 13.4%).

Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals

Over 9.0 (-115): 2-Star Rating Out of 5
Royals +1.5 (-170): 1-Star Rating Out of 5
Royals Moneyline (-102): 1-Star Rating Out of 5

We're getting a matchup in this spot between two pitchers with poor peripherals.

Josh Winckowski (4-5, 5.00 ERA, 4.49 expected ERA) is getting the nod for the Boston Red Sox, and it's Zack Greinke (3-6, 4.41 ERA, 5.48 expected ERA) for the Kansas City Royals in a matchup between righties.

The Red Sox have a 101 wRC+ against righties this season, and the Royals are at a weaker 91 but rank ninth in the Bigs in hard-hit rate (31.5%) against righties.

That plays part in liking the over, and while the odds are -115 on the 9.0 mark, that's indicating movement without being too prohibitive.

Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks

Over 8.5 (-102): 3-Star Rating Out of 5

The model is signaling value on the over in this matchup between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Righty German Marquez (6-9, 5.29 ERA, 4.74 expected ERA) and lefty Madison Bumgarner (6-10, 3.83 ERA, 4.97 expected ERA) seem a good mile apart in ERA but not in expected ERA.

In fact, among 129 pitchers with at least 200 balls in play this season, Bumgarner's expected ERA differential is 10th-highest, meaning he's being rewarded for poor peripherals more than almost anyone else.

The Rockies boast a 99 wRC+ and a 30.2% hard-hit rate against lefties. Those league-average rates should do well enough in the promising matchup.

As for the Arizona bats, they're sixth in hard-hit rate (32.6%) despite a poor wRC+ of 86.

Our model thinks this game is 61.1% likely to go over.