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MLB Picks & Predictions · Thursday, April 18

Each and every day of the 2024 MLB season, Action Network's baseball betting experts bring you odds, picks and predictions for a variety of games with particular betting and/or public interest.

The Major League Baseball calendar for Thursday, April 18, features just five games on the schedule, headlined by Jack Leiter's MLB debut in Rangers vs. Tigers.

Below, you'll find a breakdown of the games we are analyzing from the slate. Click on each link to access fully in-depth breakdowns of the matchups, which will include odds, analysis and betting picks.

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Rangers vs. Tigers

Thursday, April 18
1:10 p.m. ET
MLB Network

Jack Leiter will make his MLB debut Thursday when the Rangers play their series finale in Detroit. The former No. 2 overall pick was called up Tuesday after posting a 3.77 ERA through three appearances in AAA this season. With Texas' bats facing a struggling Kenta Maeda on the bump for Detroit, Leiter should get plenty of run support.

The Rangers opened as slight underdogs, but check out the link below to see why MLB betting analyst Tony Sartori is backing Texas on Thursday.

Angels vs. Rays

Thursday, April 18
1:10 p.m. ET

The Tampa Bay Rays are tied for the worst record in the AL East despite being above .500 through 19 games. They've also dropped two of three in their series with the Los Angeles Angels thus far, but Thursday's series finale should give Tampa Bay a chance to get back on track against one of the worst starters in the league.

Click the link below to see how MLB betting analyst D.J. James is backing the Rays.

MLB Schedule Today · Thursday, April 18

➤ 1:1o p.m. ET · Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays
➤ 1:10 p.m. ET · Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers
➤ 1:35 p.m. ET · Cleveland Guardians vs. Boston Red Sox
➤ 7:40 p.m. ET · Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs
➤ 9:45 p.m. ET · Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants

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