Welcome back, MLBbro.com family! We hope you all have those air-conditioners turned up in the midst of this nationwide heat wave. While you stay cool, we’re staying HOT with our three MLB picks this Friday.
Not quite as hot as the big boss Rob Parker when he finds out they raised the prices for soda at his local wing joint, but that’s neither here nor there.
ANYWHO…let’s get to the picks!
1) The San Diego Padres (-145) are hoping to get on a hot streak of their own, as they hope to avoid one of the most disappointing seasons of their history. After showing glimpses of greatness last year, they’re hoping righty Seth Lugo (3 wins – 4 losses, 3.78 ERA) can get them back on the same track they were on during their 2022 playoff race.
The Detroit Tigers (+122), meanwhile, are on a mini-streak of their own (two wins counts as a streak right?). Unfortunately for them and their rookie starter Reese Olson (1 win – 3 losses, 3.96 ERA), the trends would say that streak ends. Road favorites are currently winning at a 65% clip.
Ride the heat wave. Padres ML (-145)
2) In a battle of division leaders, the Milwaukee Brewers (+105) host the Atlanta Braves (-125). Neither team is bringing their best to the mound, as the Braves’ Mike Soroka and the Brew Crew’s Freddy Peralta are both uncomfortably over a 4.25 ERA. With each teams’ offenses humming, this should be a barn-burner.
Bros Best Bet. Brewers/Braves Over 9 total runs (-110).
3) The unicorn closes out our day, as Shohei Ohtani (7 wins – 5 losses, 3.5 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (-195) hope the Pittsburgh Pirates (+162) can’t stand the SoCal heat. Pirates’ starter Johan Oviedo (3 wins – 10 losses, 4.53 ERA) has been ice cold. Losing all five of his last starts doesn’t bode well for the black and yellow, but will Shohei still have the same velocity with his blistered finger?
No sweat. Angels RL -1.5 (-115)