All 30 Major League teams are in action on Friday, and there’s some good action in the American League. The Baltimore Orioles face the Minnesota Twins, and the Los Angeles Angels take on the Houston Astros. This betting guide will help provide insight into some of the best value options from those two games.
Baltimore Orioles (+180) vs Minnesota Twins (-225)
Both of these teams are trying to kick recent slumps as both have lost three of their last four. Minnesota starter Joe Ryan has struggled since returning from COVID, too, posting a 5.74 ERA and 1.47 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched) in his last three starts, and he was pulled early in a previous start against the Orioles. However, Baltimore starter Spenser Watkins has been worse. He hasn’t made it to the fifth inning in five of his last six starts, and that’s bad news against a good Twins offense. Take the Minnesota run line (-1.5, -115).
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Both of these starters have been erratic, and the bullpens haven’t been the picture of consistency either. The over has hit in two of the last three games for Baltimore and in three of Watkins’ last four starts. The Twins have also gone over the total in seven of their last nine against the AL East. This contest is another spot to take the over (O9, -115).
Los Angeles Angels (+135) vs Houston Astros (-160)
The last time Cristian Javier started, he threw the first seven innings of a combined no-hitter against the New York Yankees. In his only appearance against the Angels, he struck out four in 3.2 scoreless relief innings on April 20. Los Angeles starter Michael Lorenzen has also been rocky, giving up 10 earned runs in his last 14.1 innings pitched. The Astros have won eight of their last 10 and their last three in a row. Take Houston (-160) to extend its winning streak to four.
The total has gone over in nine of Lorenzen’s last 11 starts, but the under is 5-1-1 in Javier’s last seven outings. However, the over is 15-6 in the last 21 games in Houston, and the Astros rocked Lorenzen in his only other start against them this season. This number seems a little low for a red-hot Houston squad, so lean towards the over (O8, -105) in this one.
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