Free MLB Picks For Today 4/22/2022
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick Prediction 4/22/2022
Pirates at Cubs—Jose Quintana to start for Chicago. The lefty struggled in 2021 in 63 innings posting an ERA of 6.43 and WHIP 1.73 for the Angels and Giants. Quintana has started two games allowing four earned runs and five walks over 9 1/3rd innings.
Drew Smyly to start for the Cubs. The veteran in 23 starts and six bullpen appearances with the Braves had an ERA of 4.48 and WHIP 1.37. Smyly has worked two games allowing no runs in 9 2/3rd innings. He was pounded by the home run ball last year.
This season Smyly is allowing 56.7% ground ball rate. Pirates win the opener 4-3. Cubs have lost five of seven. Pirates hit lefty’s and getting great work out of their pen. Play Pittsburgh +140.
St Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Pick Prediction 4/22/2022
Cardinals at Reds—Steven Matz to start for the Cardinals. The lefty in 29 starts for Toronto in 2021 posted an ERA of 3.82 with WHIP 1.33. Matz has started two games this season allowing seven earned runs in 8 2/3rd innings. A bad outing against Pittsburgh ten held the Brewers to no runs and three hits over 5 2/3rd innings.
Matz has seen his strikeout rate jump to 28.2%. Hunter Greene to start for the Reds. He debuted in MLB in 2022 and in his two starts allowed six runs five earned with three homers over 10 1/3rd innings. Reds return home on a nine game losing streak. They are hitting just .176 as a team with a bullpen ERA 4.47. Play St Louis -126.
San Francisco Giants vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick Prediction 4/22/2022
Giants at Nationals—Tyler Beede to start for San Francisco. The righthander pitched only one game the past two seasons coming back from Tommy John surgery. In 22 starts in 2019 Beede posted an ERA of 5.08 and WHIP 1.48. He has worked two games on the year in relief tossing four innings allowing one run and four walks. He started in the Minors in 2014 and saw his strikeout rate drop deeper into the minors.
Patrick Corbin to start for Washington. The veteran has been pounded in three starts allowing ten earned runs in 12 innings of work. He posts a WHIP of 2.08 with 13.3% walk rate and a sharp decrease in velocity.
A 23.1% line drive rate. Giants have won four of seven on this trip starting with a three game sweep at Cleveland. San Francisco bullpen ERA of 1.99 with Nats at 4.40. Play San Francisco.
Cleveland Guardians vs. New York Yankees MLB Pick Prediction 4/22/2022
Guardians at Yankees—Eli Morgan expected to start for Cleveland. The righthander in 18 starts last year with the big club had an ERA of 5.34 and WHIP 1.25. He has worked three games out of the pen this season allowing three earned runs in six innings posting a WHIP 0.83.
Strikeout rate has jumped to 25% and no walks allowed. He was hurt by the home run ball last season. Jameson Taillon to throw for the Yankees. The veteran returned to start 29 games in 2021 following Tommy John surgery and finished with an ERA of 4.30 with WHIP 1.21. He has started two games this season allowing four earned runs in 9 2/3rd innings posting a WHIP of 0.93.
Control has been good with ground ball rate jumping to 42.9%. After getting swept by San Francisco at home the Guardians sweep the White Sox in a three game series.
Yankees return home on a 3-3 trip at Detroit and Baltimore. Yankeed batting only .217. Guardians pounding righthanders at .288 and getting good work from their bullpen. Play Cleveland +170.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick Prediction 4/22/2022
Brewers at Phillies—Freddy Peralta the starter for the Brewers. The righthander in 27 starts last year posted an ERA of 2.81 with WHIP 0.97. In two starts Peralta has been pounded for nine earned runs with six walks in seven innings. Strikeout rate 33.6% last year is 25% in this season. Line drive rate is 45%. There has been a drop in velocity.
Ranger Suarez getting the start for the Phillies. The lefty had a good 2021 working 106 innings with an ERA of 1.36 and WHIP 1.00. In two starts Suarez allowed five earned runs with four walks in 7 2/3rd innings. Strikeout rate down to 13.2% with walk rate 10.5%. Brewers batting only .167 against lefty’s. Play Philadelphia -125.
Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick Prediction 4/22/2022
Red Sox at Rays—Michael Wacha to start for the Red Sox. The veteran with Toronto last season posted an ERA of 5.05 with WHIP 1.31 in 23 starts and six out of the pen. Wacha started two games on the campaign allowing one earned run in 9 1/3rd innings. Strikeout rate has jumped to 25.7% this season with 42.9% ground balls.
Corey Kluber to start for the Rays. The righthander has had an injury plagued past three seasons working only 24 games. In two starts Kluber has allowed two earned runs in 9 2/3rd innings. Strikeout rate has not sniffed a high of 34.1% back in 2017.
Rays have been hammered with injuries to their starting staff and not bullpen. Red Sox drop two of three at home to Toronto scoring a total of five runs. Rays return home winning their final two at the Cubs. Red Sox hitting only .228. Play Tampa Bay -135.
Colorado Rockies vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick Prediction 4/22/2022
Rockies at Tigers—Antonio Senzatela to start for Colorado. The righthander had a respectable 2021 posting an ERA of 4.42 and WHIP 1.34. In two starts all at home the righthander this season allowed two earned runs in 8 1/3rd innings. No homers allowed but strikeouts low.
Tarik Skubal the starter for the Tigers. The lefty in 2021 started 29 games posted an ERA of 4.34 and WHIP 1.24. He has started twice this season allowing four earned runs in 9 2/3rd innings. Control has been good and Skubal allowing 51.6% ground balls. Rockies pounded lefty’s on the road at .348. Their bullpen has performed well. Play Colorado +116.
Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick Prediction 4/22/2022
Marlins at Braves—Trevor Rogers starting for the Marlins. The lefty started 25 games in 2021 posting an ERA of 2.64 and WHIP 1.15. In two starts Rogers has been hammered for nine earned runs with five walks in 6 2/3rd innings. Strikeout rate has dropped to 17.1%. Kyle Wright starting for the Braves. It has been a struggle in his four seasons with the Braves sporting a career ERA of 5.89 and WHIP 1.56.
In two starts the righthander has allowed two earned runs with fifteen strikeouts in eleven innings. He faces another weak lineup in the Marlins. In his first start he faced the Reds. Braves do a good job of hitting lefty’s and getting good work from their bullpen. Play Atlanta -145.
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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick Prediction 4/22/2022
Blue Jays at Astros—Ross Stripling to start for Toronto. The veteran struggled in 2021 with the Blue Jays sporting an ERA of 4.80 and WHIP 1.27. He was crushed by 2.04 home runs per nine innings. Stripling in three appearances allowed two earned runs in six innings. Justin Verlander the starter for the Astros. He returned from Tommy John surgery working six inning the past two seasons.
In 2022 he has worked two games allowing one earned run in 13 innings all on the road. Astros have lost five of seven. They are batting only .197 as a team. Blue Jays are hitting righthanders and getting good work from their pen. Play Toronto +140.
Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick Prediction 4/22/2022
White Sox at Twins—Michael Kopech gets the start for the White Sox. The righthander returned from Tommy John surgery last year working 69 1/3rd innings posting an ERA of 3.50 and WHIP 1.13. In two starts Kopech has allowed one earned run in nine innings pitching to soft contact. Bailey Ober starts for the Twins.
In his MLB debut season in 2021 the righthander posted an ERA of 4.19 and WHIP 1.20. He has started two games this season allowing four earned runs in eleven innings of work. Strikeouts have fallen as his velocity.
White Sox has lost three straight at Cleveland held to five runs total. Twins return home dropping four of seven on their road trip. Chicago batting only .191 against righthanders and Twins .202. Play Minnesota and Chicago under eight.
Baltimore Orioles vs. LA Angels MLB Pick Prediction 4/22/2022
Orioles at Angels—Bruce Zimmermann to start for the Orioles. The lefty has been up and down from the minors. He has a career ERA of 4.71 and WHIP 1.44 in parts of three seasons. In two starts Zimmermann has allowed no earned runs in nine innings of work. His strikeout rate has been 26.3% with walk rate of 10.5%. Reid Detmers to start for the Angels.
The first round pick in 2020 has been pounded in his MLB career in parts of two seasons with an ERA of 7.71 and WHIP 1.75. In two starts this season Detmers has allowed seven earned runs with two homers in 7 1/3rd innings. Angels have won seven of nine. Orioles dropped three of four at Oakland. Can’t back Detmers at this price. Play Baltimore +160.
Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick Prediction 4/22/2022
Rangers at Athletics—Glenn Otto the starter for the Rangers. He debuted in MLB last season with Texas and started six games posting an ERA of 9.26 and WHIP 1.71. Otto had a 29.2% line drive rate. He gets the callup from the minors as the Rangers have injuries in their rotation. Starting Oakland is Adam Oller. The righthander entered rookie ball in 2016 and debuted in 2022 with Oakland.
In two starts Oller allowed seven earned runs in 4 2/3rd innings walking six. Rangers hitting only .213 against righthanders and their bullpen sits with an ERA of 5.43. Play Oakland +108.
New York Mets vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick Prediction 4/22/2022
Mets at Diamondbacks—David Peterson to start for New York. The lefthander struggled in 2021 posting an ERA of 5.54 and WHIP 1.40 in 15 starts. He has worked two games this season allowing no earned runs in 8 1/3rd innings. Peterson has seen his ground ball rate jump to 59.1% and cut down the line drive rate. Zac Gallen the starter for the Diamondbacks. He started 23 games last season due to injury and finished with an ERA of 4.30 and WHIP 1.29.
Gallen in one start allowed no runs over four innings against the Mets on the road. He did pitch to high contact in that outing. Last season Gallen was hurt by the home run ball. Diamondbacks batting only .141 against lefty’s and bullpen has struggled with an ERA of 4.44. Mets hitting .274 against righty’s and getting better work from their pen. Play New York -126.
LA Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick Prediction 4/22/2022
Dodgers at Padres—Julio Urias the starter for the Dodgers. He comes off a 20 game season with an ERA of 2.96 and WHIP 1.02. Urias in two starts has allowed three earned runs in seven innings.
Strikeouts have dipped as well as his velocity. Nick Martinez to start for San Diego. He was ineffective in MLB leaving for Japan in 2017. He has started two games this season allowing five earned runs with three homers and five walks over ten innings.
In the Dodgers nine wins they have covered the run line each game. Team has won eight of nine. LAD pounding right handers and getting better work from their pen. Play LA Dodgers run line -1.5 runs at +100.
Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners MLB Pick Prediction 4/22/2022
Royals at Mariners—Brad Keller the starter for the Royals. He started 26 games for KC last year and posted an ERA of 5.39 with WHIP 1.66. He has started two games on the campaign allowing two earned runs in thirteen innings. He has seen a rise in strikeouts and ground balls.
Chris Flexen to start for the Mariners. The righthander in 2021 posted an ERA of 3.61 and WHIP 1.25. He has started two games this season allowing six earned runs in 10 1/3rd innings. Play Kansas City +120.
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