Free MLB Picks For Today 4/8/2022
Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees MLB Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Red Sox at Yankees—Nathan Eovaldi to start for the Red Sox. The veteran finished at 11-9 last season with an ERA of 3.79 and WHIP of 1.19. He worked 12 2/3rd innings in the spring and compiled a WHIP of 0.71 with 16 strikeouts and no walks. Eovaldi allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his seven starts against New York last season.
Gerrit Cole is the start for New York. Cole was roughed up in 5 1/3rd innings in the spring giving up four earned runs with two homers. In his final three starts of 2021 the veteran allowed fifteen earned runs in 17 2/3rd innings. Red Sox got great work from their pen last year and prefer their hitting lineup. Play Boston +145.
Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
White Sox at Tigers—Lucas Giolito to start for Chicago. The righthander limited baserunners in 2021 with a WHIP of 1.10. He misses a lot of bats. He had an ERA of 3.18 in the spring with good strikeout numbers but issues with walks. Eduardo Rodriguez to start for Detroit. He came over from the Red Sox where he had an ERA of 4.74 and WHIP 1.39 a season ago.
Righthanders hit .282 on Rodriguez last season. Tigers are banged up in the bullpen and that is an area you always have to worry about Detroit. White Sox line up seven righthanders and two switch hitters here. Prefer the White Sox lineup. Play Chicago -130.
Oakland Athletics vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Athletics at Phillies—Frankie Montas to start for Oakland. The righthander put up good numbers in 2021 with an ERA of 3.37 and WHIP of 1.11 in 187 innings. Aaron Nola to throw for Detroit. He posted an ERA of 4.63 last season with a bad September.
Nola has been hurt by the home run ball the past few seasons. Righthanders got to the veteran righthander and the Athletics have seven hitting from that side in this spot. Phillies bullpen is a concern as well as Oakland’s. Play Oakland +160.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Brewers at Cubs—Brandon Woodruff to start for Milwaukee. The righthander put up strong numbers last season with an ERA of 2.56 and WHIP 0.96. Woodruff has a WHIP under one on the road and at home. Justin Steele starts for the Cubs. He dominated left handed hitting last year as teams hit .098 on him last year.
Brewers have five lefthanded hitters in their lineup. Woodruff had struggles in the spring and the Milwaukee lineup had struggles last season. Play Chicago +145.
LA Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies MLB Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Dodgers at Rockies—Walker Buehler to start for LAD. The righthander put up good numbers in 2021 with an ERA of 2.47 and WHIP of 0.97. In the spring he did give up four homers in 9 2/3rd innings. There has been a big drop off in his ERA on the road the past three seasons.
Kyle Freeland throws for the Rockies. Freeland has pitched well against the Dodgers allowing three earned runs or fewer in eight of ten starts. Rockies have hit well in their home ballpark. Play Colorado +175.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Orioles at Rays—John Means to start for Baltimore. The lefthander put up respectable numbers but doesn’t go deep into games which exposes an Orioles bullpen which has been bad the past few seasons. He faced the Rays five times last season giving up 19 runs 16 earned in 26 2/3rd innings. Shane McClanahan to start for the Rays.
The lefty a season ago had an ERA of 3.43 and WHIP 1.27. Good strikeout pitcher with a high spin rate and misses a lot of bats. His fastball reaches 96.5 MPH. Team record in McClannahan’s two starts against the Orioles if 4-0 with all wins by three or greater runs. Rays have won 40 of their past 52 against Baltimore Play Tampa Bay run line -1.5 runs +120 vs. Baltimore.
Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Marlins at Giants—Sandy Alcantara to start for the Marlins. The righty posted an ERA of 3.19 and WHIP of 1.07 despite a lack of run support that gave him a poor record. His fastball reaches nearly 98 MPH. He possessed good control a season ago.
Logan Webb to throw for the Giants. Webb was solid in 2021 with an ERA of 3.03 and WHIP of 1.11. A ground ball pitcher who gets strikeouts. Miami was a poor hitting team that struggled on the road. Play Miami and San Francisco under 7.5.
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Seattle Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Mariners at Twins—Robbie Ray to get the start for Seattle. The lefty pitched well in 2021 posting an ERA of 2.84 and WHIP of 1.04. He pitched well against both lefty and righty’s. Ray posted a strikeout rate of 32.1% and cut down his walks. Joe Ryan to throw for the Twins.
Ryan in his rookie season pitched five games for the Twins posting an ERA of 4.05 and WHIP of 0.79. He did post an ERA of 3.63 in Triple A last year. In his last start of 2021 Ryan surrendered six runs in 4 2/3rd innings against the Tigers. Minnesota had struggles in their bullpen a season ago. Play Seattle -110.
New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Mets at Nationals—Max Scherzer to debut for the Mets. The veteran posted an ERA of 2.46 and WHIP 0.86 last year. He did have a hamstring issue in the spring. He suffered from a dead arm in the postseason last year. Scherzer is 37 years old and had 27 or greater starts in 12 of 13 full seasons with the exception being the COVID shortened season.
Josiah Gray to get the start for the Nats. He was acquired in a trade with the Dodgers. He struggled down the stretch of last season. In spring Gray had an ERA of 9.31 getting hurt by the home run ball. Play Mets on run line -1.5 runs at +100.
Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Rangers at Blue Jays—Jon Gray to start for the Rangers. The former Rockies starter is an innings eater who will benefit getting out of Colorado. His road numbers were worse than home last season as Gray had an ERA of 5.22 and WHIP 1.53 away from Coors. Jose Berrios to go for Toronto.
The hard throwing righthander had a career high 26.1% strikeout rate last year. The Blue Jays lineup too strong. Play Toronto run line -1.5 runs at +115.
Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Reds at Braves—Reiver Sanmartin to start for the Reds. The lefty starts as the Reds have injuries to their rotation. He worked only 11 2/3rd innings with the big club last year and put up good numbers in Triple A. Reds lineup struggled away from home last season.
Veteran Charlie Morton to start for Atlanta. Morton put up great numbers last year with an ERA of 3.34 and WHIP 1.04. He posted a strikeout rate of 28.6%. Game landed nine in the opener of this season. Play Atlanta and Cincinnati under 9 runs.
Houston Astros vs. LA Angels MLB Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Astros at Angels—Jake Odorizzi to start for the Astros. The veteran won the fifth starters role on the team. His strikeout rate has declined since 2019 from 27.1% to 20.6% last year. Reid Detmers to throw for LAA. Detmers is a fifth starter filling Sandoval’s spot here. He worked 20.2/3rd innings last season and was pounded for five home runs and 17 earned runs.
Lefty’s hit .318 on him with righthanders at .288. There is hot weather in Southern California on Friday. Angels lineup healthy and lethal. Big dropdown in quality of pitchers in Game 2 of this series as Game 1 was low scoring. Play Houston and LA Angels over 9.5.
San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Padres at Diamondbacks—Sean Manaea makes his debut for the Padres. The lefty finished 2021 with an ERA of 3.91 and WHIP of 1.23. He was dominant against lefthanded hitters but righthanders got to him with a .271 average. Merrill Kelly will counter for Arizona.
The righthander finished with an ERA of 4.44 and WHIP of 1.29 last year as he was pounded in September. Righthanders batted .296 on Kelly last season and he finished with an ERA of 5.18 and WHIP of 1.45 at home. This Diamondback lineup the weaker of the two. Padres should have at least six batting from the right side here. Play San Diego -148.
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