Free MLB Picks For Today 4/18/2022
Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick Prediction 4/18/2022
Twins at Red Sox—Dylan Bundy to start for Minnesota. Bundy struggled in 2021 with the Angels posting an ERA of 6.06 with WHIP 1.36. Bundy was crushed by the home run ball allowing 1.99 per nine innings and a walk rate of 86.%. He opened the season at home to Seattle allowing on runs and a hit over five innings.
Rich Hill to start for Boston. The 42 year old posted respectable numbers in 2021 with an ERA of 3.86 and WHIP 1.21 in 158 2/3rd innings. His strikeout rate moved up to 22.7% and limited home runs. He faced the Tigers to open the year allowing three earned runs in 4 1/3rd innings.
Minnesota has lost four of five after their 8-1 loss. They have been held to two runs or fewer in those losses. Twins batting only .181 poorly hitting both lefty’s and righty’s. Their bullpen has struggled while the Red Sox getting good work from their pen. Play Boston -140.
Chicago White Sox vs. Guardians MLB Pick Prediction 4/18/2022
White Sox at Guardians—Dallas Keuchel the starter for Chicago. The veteran posted a poor season in 2021 with an ERA 5.28 and WHIP 1.54. Keuchel saw his strikeout rate drop to 13.2% and 8.2% walk rate. His home runs jumped to 1.39 per 9 innings. Cleveland goes with Shane Bieber. Great past three season for the righthander with an ERA of 3.28 and WHIP 1.11 in this period. His strikeout rate has ben over 30% in those three seasons and limited home runs.
Two starts all on the road this year with Bieber allowing three earned runs over ten innings. White Sox have won six of eight. Guardians come off dropping all three at home to San Francisco held to four runs total. White Sox hit .196 against righty’s and Guardians .218 against lefty’s. Play Chicago and Cleveland under eight.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick Prediction 4/18/2022
Diamondbacks at Nationals—Madison Bumgarner the starter for the Diamondbacks. The veteran has had a rough two seasons with the Diamondbacks with low strikeout numbers and high home run per nine inning rate. Two starts all at home for Bumgarner and he has allowed two earned runs with six walks over eight innings.
Josiah Gray the starter for Washington Gray had a rough first year in the Major splitting time with the Dodgers and Nationals finishing with an ERA of 5.48 and WHIP 1.36. He was crushed by the home run rate of 2.42 per nine innings as struggled to get ahead of counts with his secondary pitches.
Diamondbacks have lost six of eight and Nats lost three of four at Pittsburgh. Diamondbacks hitting only .151 as a team. Arizona has played to seven of nine under. Play Washington and Arizona under 8.5.
San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets MLB Pick Prediction 4/18/2022
Giants at Mets—Alex Cobb the starter for the Giants. Respectable numbers of the Angels last year with an ERA of 3.76 and WHIP 1.26. His strikeout rate jumped to 24.9% with 0.48 home runs per nine innings. Cobb opened the year facing the Padres allowing two runs over five innings.
New York goes with Tylor Megill. The righthander in his first season in the Majors finished with an ERA of 4.52 and WHIP 1.28. A respectable 26.1% strikeout rate but was hurt by a 1.91 home run per nine innings. Megill in two starts allowed no earned runs with eleven strikeouts in 10 1/3rd innings. Giants have won five straight. Mets have won four of five. Giants getting the better work out of their bullpen. Play San Francisco +100.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick Prediction 4/18/2022
Rays at Cubs—Shane McClanahan to start for the Rays. The righthander in 25 starts in 2021 finished with an ERA of 3.43 and WHIP 1.27. Great strikeout rate of 27.3% and limited home runs. Two starts on the season and the McClanahan allowed three earned runs with fifteen strikeouts in 9 innings.
Kyle Hendricks the starter for the Cubs. The veteran suffered through a down season in 2021 with an ERA of 4.77 and WHIP 1.35. His strikeout rate fell to 16.7% and home runs soared up to 1.54 per nine innings. Rays broke a four game losing streak after their 9-3 win at the White Sox. The Cubs return home splitting a six game road trip at the Pirates and Rockies. Play Tampa Bay -138.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pick Prediction 4/18/2022
Pirates at Brewers—Zach Thompson the starter for the Pirates. In his rookie year with the Marlins the righthander finished with an ERA of 3.24 and WHIP 1.21. Strikeout rate was 21% with 8.9% walk rate. He did limit homers. Thompson faced the Cubs to open 2022 allowing two earned runs in four innings.
Eric Lauer to start for the Brewers. The lefty worked 118 2/3rd innings in 2021 and finished with an ERA 3.19 and WHIP 1.14. His strikeout rate jumped to 23.9% and home run rate fell to 1.21 per nine innings. Lauer faced the Orioles on the road to open the campaign allowing three earned runs with two walks over 4 1/3rd innings.
Pirates have won five of seven. They are hitting better than the Brewers and getting good work form their bullpen. Milwaukee batting only .211 as a team. Play Pittsburgh +150.
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LA Angels vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick Prediction 4/18/2022
Angels at Astros—Michael Lorenzon to start for the Angels. He spent the past six seasons coming off the pen after a poor 2015 in the starting rotation. His strikeout rate took a major dip to 16.8% last year. He faced the Marlins in his first start allowing one earned run with two hits over six innings.
Luis Garcia to throw for the Astros. Twenty eight starts in 30 appearances in 2021 and Garcia finished with an ERA 3.48 with WHIP 1.18. A solid 26.4% strikeout rate and limited home runs. Garcia faced the Diamondbacks on the road in his opener allowing no runs and two hits over four innings.
Angels have won five of six. First home game for Houston after a nine game road trip where they won five of those games. Astros batting only .206 as a team. Tough home spot here for the Astros. Play LA Angels +140.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies MLB Pick Prediction 4/18/2022
Phillies at Rockies—Aaron Nola the starter for the Phillies. In 32 starts in 2021 the veteran had an ERA of 4.63 and WHIP 1.13. Strikeout rate fell to 29.8% but still very good but saw a bit of a rise on 1.30 home runs per nine innings. Two starts in 2022 and Nola allowed seven earned runs in 9 1/3rd innings.
Chad Kuhl to throw for the Rockies. Kuhl was picked up on the cheap after the Pirate released him. The righthander finished with an ERA of 4.82 and WHIP 1.43 in 14 starts and 14 out of the bullpen. Walk rate in double digits past two seasons with high home run per nine innings rate. Kuhl faced the Rangers to open the year allowing one earned run with four walks over 4 1/3rd innings.
Phillies have lost five of seven after losing three of four in Miami. Rockies pen an ERA of 1.80 and outperforming Philadelphia in this period. Play Colorado +145.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick Prediction 4/18/2022
Orioles at Athletics—Spenser Watkins the starter for Baltimore. He worked 16 games in his rookie campaign for the Orioles starting ten finishing with an ERA of 8.07 and WHIP 1.70. he spent parts seven and a half seasons in the minors. He faced the Brewers in his first start allowing four runs one earned in three innings.
Frankie Montas getting the start for the Athletics. Montas rebounded in 2021 posting an ERA 3.37 with WHIP 1.18 in 32 starts. Shaky start for the veteran in two outings allowing seven runs six earned in 11 1/3rd innings all on the road.
First start was bad second was quality. Orioles hitting only .196 against righty’s. Athletics batting .205 against righthanders. Both bullpens producing quality results. Play Oakland and Baltimore under 7.5.
Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick Prediction 4/18/2022
Reds at Padres—Nick Lodolo the starter for the Reds. Good minor league numbers until he reached Triple A but only logged in 6 2/3rd innings in three appearances. Very high strikeout rate in the minors. In his first Major League start the lefty allowed five earned runs with twelve baserunners in four innings against Cleveland.
Sean Manaea to throw for the Padres. The veteran posted an ERA of 3.91 and WHIP 1.23 in 32 starts for the Athletics in 2021. His strikeout rate soared up to 25.7% and allowed 1.25 home runs per nine innings. In two starts for the Padres the lefty allowed two earned runs over thirteen innings posting a WHIP of 0.54.
Reds have lost six straight and eight of nine overall. Padres did split a four game series with the Braves. Cincinnati hitting only .179 with struggles in the pen. Play San Diego -165.
Atlanta Braves vs. LA Dodgers MLB Pick Prediction 4/18/2022
Braves at Dodgers—Huascar Ynoa the starter for the Braves. The 23 year old started 17 of his 18 appearances in 2021 posting an ERA of 4.05 and WHIP 1.11. A strong strikeout rate of 26.9% with 1.38 home runs per nine innings. Ynoa faced the Nationals in his season opener allowing five earned runs with ten baserunners in three innings.
Clayton Kershaw to throw for the Dodgers. Last season in an injury plagued year the veteran posted an ERA 3.55 and WHIP 102. The strikeout rate was 29.5% and good control plus limited homers. Kershaw threw a perfect seven innings at Minnesota to open the campaign.
Dodgers have won six straight all by two runs or greater. All seven of their wins by two runs or greater. LAD crushing righthanders and getting better performance from their bullpen. Play LA Dodgers on run line -1.5 runs at +105.
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