MLB Free Picks May 18-22
Use these free picks to take advantage of some of the latest trends among the MLB teams. By the end of the week you could have a lot more money in your online betting balance!
MLB Free Picks May 18-22
May 18: Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 7:05pm ET
Pitching Matchup: Julio Teheran (0-4, 3.17 ERA) ATL) vs Francisco Liriano (3-2, 4.99 ERA) (PIT)
Don’t look at Julio Teheran’s record — look at his ERA. In six of his last eight starts, he has permitted two runs or fewer, but the Braves simply haven’t been hitting. Liriano permitted three home runs and nine total hits (along with eight runs) in his last start against Chicago. He has gone 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA in his four career starts against Atlanta. You could look at this as another easy for win for Pittsburgh against the 9-28 Braves, or you could look at it as a trap game for Liriano, who might still be stinging from his last outing, and the Braves could take advantage as Teheran dominates. I’m tending toward an Atlanta pick here.
May 19: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 1:40pm ET
Pitching Matchup: Jason Hammel (5-0, 1.77 ERA) (CHI) vs Junior Guerra (2-0, 4.00 ERA) (MIL)
Here’s another possible underdog situation. Guerra threw a six scoreless innings his last time out, and he’s been hitting 96 mph on the gun. The Cubs have never faced him, which is a good situation for a pitcher. The Cubs do start dominant Jason Hammel, but Ryan Braun has taken him deep twice in his career, and Scooter Bennett and Domingo Santana are also hitting over .300 against Hammel in their career. I could see the Brewers stealing this matinee.
May 20: Atlanta at Philadelphia (8:05pm ET)
Pitching Matchup: Matt Wisler (1-3, 3.14 ERA) (ATL) vs Aaron Nola (3-2, 2.89 ERA) (PHI)
Don’t look now, but the Phillies are in second place in the National League East, somehow six games over .500 despite a -30 run differential. Nola has been terrific as a starter, going at least six innings in all starts but one, and permitting no more than three runs in all except two. Last time out, he permitted just a single run in seven innings. The Phillies will be seeing Wisler for the second time in ten days, which generally favors the batting team as they recognize his stuff.
May 20: NY Yankees at Oakland (9:35pm ET)
Pitching Matchup: C.C. Sabathia (2-2, 3.81 ERA) (NY) vs TBA (OAK)
Sabathia returns from the disabled list, where he had been stuck with a left groin strain. Given his age and his physical condition, and given the chill air in Oakland, even in late May, this could be a tough one for him. All time, he is 4-7 with a 5.44 ERA pitching at Oakland Coliseum, in 15 starts. Keep an eye on the A’s starting pitcher here, but I see Sabathia struggling in his return to the rotation.