The Yankees appear to be back, and the Royals cannot stop losing, which means it’s time to hammer some trends on our MLB weekend picks. BetRivers.com is proud to provide a wide variety of MLB game odds, teasers, props, player markets, team markets, and futures odds. The Chicago White Sox, winners of six straight, host the Royals, losers of 11 straight on Friday in a day-night doubleheader. While there is no such thing as a “sure thing” in sports betting, this seems to be as close as one can get. The Yankees are also featured in our MLB weekend picks. The Bronx Bombers have won seven of their last ten and are just two games out of first place in the AL East as they head to Baltimore to take on the last-place Orioles. Longtime Poker broadcaster and sports bettor David Tuchman is here to preview the notable games and make his MLB Weekend picks for May 14 to May 16.
I didn’t win last week’s seven-team parlay, but we made a good showing, going 5-2. Overall, we’re 14-11 on the year. This weekend, we’re only firing on three games and that in itself is a lesson. If you want to win, it’s okay to be picky. Wait for your pitch as they say.
With that, let’s get to the MLB weekend picks.
MLB WEEKEND PICKS: FRIDAY, MAY 14
KANSAS CITY ROYALS (16-20) at CHICAGO WHITE SOX (22-13), 3:10 p.m. ET
PITCHERS: Lucas Giolito (2-3, CWS) vs. Brad Keller (2-4, KC)
MONEYLINE: White Sox -220 ML, Royals +185 ML
SPREAD: White Sox -1 (-139), Royals +1 (+110)
OVER/UNDER: 6 runs (-104/-115)
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Another hot team – The surging White Sox travel to Kansas City to take on the Royals in a 4-game weekend series, starting with a double-header on Friday night. The Sox are riding a 6-game win streak and are in 1st place in the Central at 22-13, while the Royals have lost 11 straight and are fading faster than an 80’s big-hair band trying to hang on in 1993 Seattle. I think the White Sox win at least 3 games this weekend – and more likely a full-on sweep. The pick here is for Game 1, a 12:30pm affair, as Sox ace Lucas Giolito (43K in 35 IP) takes on Brad Keller and his 7+ ERA. As always, since this pick is contingent on the pitching matchup of Giolito v Keller – make sure you wager on that game if you’re following us into the deep end.
The Pick: Chicago White Sox -220 ML
NEW YORK YANKEES (20-17) at BALTIMORE ORIOLES (16-21), 7:05 p.m. ET
PITCHERS: Corey Kluber (2-2, NYY) vs. Dean Kremer (0-3, BAL)
MONEYLINE: Yankees -182 ML, Orioles +155 ML
SPREAD: Yankees -1.5 (-115), Orioles +1.5 (-104)
OVER/UNDER: 9 runs (-115/-103)
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The Yanks are suddenly hitting and pitching and surprise, surprise …. The wins are starting to pile in. They’ve moved to within a game of the Red Sox for 1st place and roll into a weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees love Camden Yards and turn to a rejuvenated former Cy Young winner, Corey Kluber on Friday night. The “Klubot” is back with 21 K and a 2-0 mark over his last 3 games, including a win against these Orioles on April 27th. The Orioles counter with Dean Kramer, and I’m fairly certain that’s not his real name. I mean, wasn’t he a character in Animal House? Regardless, this version of Dean Kramer is 0-3 with a 6+ ERA on the year. He’s not going to cool off the Yankees.
The Pick: New York Yankees -182 ML
MLB WEEKEND PICKS: SATURDAY, MAY 15
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at TORONTO BLUE JAYS 7:37 p.m. ET
PITCHERS: Aaron Nola (3-2, PHI) vs. Anthony Kay (0-2, TOR)
We’re ending with a potential “road dog” as the Phillies take on the Toronto Blue Jays in …uh…Florida. I am taking the Phightin’ Phils in this one as they have their ace, Aaron Nola, on the mound against Jays hurler Anthony Kay. I’ll be honest. I don’t know a whole lot about Anthony Kay except that he has a 10.24 ERA and my sources tell me that’s not very good. It’s really, really hard to do have an ERA that high. I mean, usually, you get sent to the minors which your ERA cracks 8.00. But to get to 10? Either the team really loves you…or really freakin’ despises you. Either way, I like the Phillies to put this game out of reach early, and cruise to the win behind Nola. Nola, by the way, has 53 K versus just 8 BB in 47 IP. He’s 3-2 on the year with a solid 3.59 ERA. I like the optics here. Take the Phillies to the bank.
The Pick: Philadelphia Phillies