5 Expert MLB Free Picks 8/14/20


The weekend is here with 28 out of 30 teams in MLB action on Friday. The Cardinals vs. White Sox game was postponed, but still 14 games on the baseball betting schedule for tonight.

Below you will find 5 featured MLB picks and predictions with analysis for Friday, August 14, 2020 from our handicapping experts.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds
Game Time Friday, Aug 14, 2020, 7:10 PM ET
Current Odds Reds -193, O/U 8½ @ 5Dimes

I like the Reds to bounce back from last night’s 9-6 loss at the hands of the lowly Pirates.

Sonny Gray will take the ball for Cincinnati on Friday. It’s easy to overlook the fact that he was seventh in National League Cy Young voting last season.

Gray was also third in American League Cy Young voting as a member of the A’s back in 2015. He’s off to a fine start this season, averaging a career-high 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

Chad Kuhl counters for Pittsburgh. He’s also off to a strong start this season, having posted a 2.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in nine innings of work.

He faces a tough matchup here though as the Reds have plated 31 runs over their last six contests.

Take Cincinnati (8*).

PlayReds ML (-193)
Kansas City Royals @ Minnesota Twins
Game Time Friday, Aug 14, 2020, 8:10 PM ET
Current Odds Twins -175, O/U 10; @ 5Dimes

Sometimes bad teams just have other teams numbers. I’m thinking that could be the case here with the Royals who just swept the Twins last week.

Royals are playing their best baseball of the season right now going 5-1 their last 6 games.

Twins are playing their worst as they are 2-5 their last 7.

At this price you have to look at the dog here!

PlayRoyals ML (+165)
Texas Rangers @ Colorado Rockies
Game Time Friday, Aug 14, 2020, 8:40 PM ET
Current Odds Rangers -130, O/U 12½ @ sportsbook.com

The Texas Rangers have won five of their last six coming into this series with Colorado and are playing well. Now they send ace Lance Lynn to the mound to continue their momentum.

Lynn is 2-0 with a 1.16 ERA and 0.943 WHIP in four starts this season. He has a whopping 30 K’s in 23 1/3 innings with only 10 hits allowed. Lynn is also 3-2 with a 2.42 ERA and 1.138 WHIP in eight career starts against Colorado.

Bet the Rangers Friday.

PlayRangers ML (-130)
Seattle Mariners @ Houstron Astros
Game Time Friday, Aug 14, 2020, 9:10 PM ET
Current Odds Astros -222, O/U 8½ @ Pinnacle

Angry Astors ready to blast off after a terrible stretch on the road where everyone including ‘us’ took advantage of them. Now, in the comfort of familiar surroundings they will respond.

Houston will start Framber Valdez (02, 2.04 ERA) as he gets the nod and off of a shutdown of the A’s allowing one run in seven innings and he has 19 Ks in 17.2 innings.

Seattle wills start Yusel Kikuchi (0-1, 5.28) and I only wish I could hit against him every at-bat as that would make me a .300 hitter…he’s terrible.

Take Houston and consider the run line.

PlayAstros RL (-101)
Oakland Athletics @ San Francisco Giants
Game Time Friday, Aug 14, 2020, 9:45 PM ET
Current Odds Athletics -183, O/U 8½ @ Pinnacle

I really like the price we are getting with the A’s on the -1.5 run line at -112.

Oakland started out their 8-game road trip with back-to-back losses to the Angels. They got back on track with a 8-4 win in the series finale.

A’s are 10-2 over their last 12 games. Frankie Montas will start. He has a sensational 1.57 ERA and 1.000 WHIP in 4 starts.

Giants are trending the exact opposite direction. SF has gone just 3-8 over their last 11 games.

Johnny Cueto is fun to watch, but he’s not been great in 2020. Cueto has a 5.40 ERA overall with a 6.28 ERA in his last 3 outings. He’s allowed a HR in each of his last 3 starts and walked 8.

PlayAthletics RL (-112)

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