BlackJack’s Favorite Friday Bets: Why I’m Taking the Home Rockies
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- I'm betting three MLB games on Friday, including A's-Rockies.
- I also like the value in the first five innings for both Mariners-Angels and Brewers-Giants.
It’s summertime. It’s Friday. It’s time to crack open a few cold ones, fire up the grill and throw some meat on there. But tonight, we’re not cooking burgers, hot dogs or even the finest cuts of steak; no, no, no. Tonight we’re grilling up wins. Tender, juicy, dry-aged wins. And the good news, brothers, is there’s more than enough to go around for the whole team. So tonight, everybody, let’s gather, share a laugh, have a few drinks, and stuff ourselves with the sweetest nectar of all: victory.
Oakland Athletics at Colorado Rockies (-117)
8:40 p.m. ET
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If you want a more in-depth look at this game, check out Stuckey’s great piece today. I think he makes some good points: Both teams are hot, going 8-2 in their last 10, and he also makes fantastic points about the A’s bullpen use and the Rockies offense. My biggest deciding factor is Kyle Freeland: He’s been very good all year and even better at home. Maybe that’s what the Rockies need to do — just find starting pitchers who grew up in Denver so they’re used to the altitude. I think we just cracked the code…
THE PICK: Colorado Rockies ML
Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels (-143)
10:07 p.m. ET
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We have another interesting matchup on the mound tonight with Andrew Heaney going for the Angels against Wade LeBlanc for Seattle. These guys are actually very similar to one another in that they are reliable and dependable good starters who aren’t quite in that top-notch category. Still, with a couple of more than capable lefties on the mound, I expect the game to move quickly at the jump. I’ll make a first five play here.
THE PICK: Under 4.5 runs in the first five innings (-115)
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Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants (-124)
10:15 p.m. ET
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The Brewers have been quite pesky of late, refusing to give in late in games. Last night was a great example of that, as they had a 7-5 comeback win over these Giants. Tonight, Madison Bumgarner takes the hill for San Francisco, and I expect the beginning of this game to go the way most of his games go — lots of zeros. I’ll ride with the Giants early in this one so I don’t have to deal with the zombie Brewers late in the game.
THE PICK: Giants first five innings ML (-135)
Let’s do it, baby. TCB time!