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How to watch, what to watch for on April 16th of the 2021 MLB regular season

We take a look at the games on slate for Friday, April 16th in the 2021 MLB season.

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner follows through on a three-run home run in the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

We head into the weekend in Major League Baseball with 15 games on the schedule. It’s a loaded slate with plenty of big-time pitching matchups, fantasy baseball spot to take advantage of, and rookies to keep an eye on. Let’s get into some of that for Friday, April 16.

Best Games To Watch

Update: The game between the Red Sox and White Sox has been postponed due to weather at Fenway Park.

The matchup between the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox is intriguing. Nobody thought the Red Sox would compete this season and they’re in first place in the AL East at 9-4 early on. Boston’s offense has been clicking and it’ll be exciting to see so many big bats in one ballpark. JD Martinez is an early candidate for AL MVP despite his odds still at 33/1 on DraftKings Sportsbook. Martinez has cooled off but is still batting .378 with 5 HRs and 16 RBI through 11 games. The White Sox have Yermin Mercedes, who has come out of nowhere to take control of AL ROTY. He’s batting around .500 with a 1.307 OPS and 33 total bases so far for the ChiSox.

Fantasy Spotlight

Justin Turner ($5,200) is on one of those hot streaks we’ve seen happen throughout the years. Turner has started the season with 7 multi-hit games in 11 contests and is averaging 14.1 fantasy points per game. He’s reached at least his average in 4 of the past 5 games for the Dodgers, who take on the San Diego Padres on Friday night. Ryan Weathers is on the hill for the Pads and may not last long if Turner can stay hot.

Rookies to Watch

The White Sox seem to have a stable of rookies in Mercedes, Andrew Vaughn and Nick Madrigal, who is the guy we’ll focus on here. Madrigal is up to a .282 batting average this season and has hits in 7 of 12 games in 2021. He isn’t exactly hitting for power but is getting on base and crossing the plate often. If the rest of the White Sox bats, Madrigal could end up moving up in the order, though the 9-hole isn’t a bad spot with the top of the order on the swing around if he gets on.

MLB Betting Splits, April 16

Teams Run Line % Handle % Bets Total Runs % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Teams Run Line % Handle % Bets Total Runs % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
ARI Diamondbacks +1.5 20% 19% Over 8.5 21% 52% +165 24% 28%
WAS Nationals -1.5 80% 81% Under 8.5 79% 48% -200 76% 72%
STL Cardinals +1.5 12% 33% Over 8.5 20% 64% +125 42% 48%
PHI Phillies -1.5 88% 67% Under 8.5 80% 36% -148 58% 52%
CHI White Sox +1.5 40% 30% Over 9.0 75% 70% +100 35% 57%
BOS Red Sox -1.5 60% 70% Under 9.0 25% 30% -115 65% 43%
CLE Indians +1.5 49% 33% Over 9.0 22% 49% +107 35% 34%
CIN Reds -1.5 51% 67% Under 9.0 78% 51% -124 65% 66%
SF Giants -1.5 71% 56% Over 8.5 27% 39% -136 55% 45%
MIA Marlins +1.5 29% 44% Under 8.5 73% 61% +116 45% 55%
BAL Orioles +1.5 46% 38% Over 8.5 64% 74% 0 0% 0%
TEX Rangers -1.5 54% 62% Under 8.5 36% 26% 0 0% 0%
PIT Pirates +1.5 19% 16% Over 8.5 18% 53% +130 40% 34%
MIL Brewers -1.5 81% 84% Under 8.5 82% 47% -152 60% 66%
TOR Blue Jays -1.5 60% 68% Over 8.0 48% 68% -118 50% 50%
KC Royals +1.5 40% 32% Under 8.0 52% 32% +100 50% 50%
NY Mets -1.5 96% 71% Over 9.5 16% 40% -315 51% 73%
COL Rockies +1.5 4% 29% Under 9.5 84% 60% +260 49% 27%
MIN Twins +1.5 85% 46% Over 8.5 33% 71% +118 93% 63%
LA Angels -1.5 15% 54% Under 8.5 67% 29% -137 7% 37%
DET Tigers +1.5 6% 19% Over 8.5 43% 78% +160 48% 43%
OAK Athletics -1.5 94% 81% Under 8.5 57% 22% -195 52% 57%
HOU Astros -1.5 68% 62% Over 8.0 73% 66% -117 49% 50%
SEA Mariners +1.5 32% 38% Under 8.0 27% 34% -103 51% 50%
LA Dodgers -1.5 90% 81% Over 8.0 61% 72% -150 78% 69%
SD Padres +1.5 10% 19% Under 8.0 39% 28% +125 22% 31%

MLB regular season schedule for Friday, April 16th

If no streaming option is listed, game is available on MLB.tv pending blackout restrictions.

Update: The game between the Mets and Rockies in Colorado has been postponed due to weather. Red Sox-White Sox has also been postponed. The Blue Jays-Royals game has been postponed.

Braves vs. Cubs, 2:20 p.m. ET
Diamondbacks vs. Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET
Cardinals vs. Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET
Rays vs. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET
White Sox vs. Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET
Indians vs. Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET
Giants vs. Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET
Orioles vs. Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET
Pirates vs. Brewers, 8:10 p.m. ET
Blue Jays vs. Royals, 8:10 p.m. ET
Mets vs. Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN+
Twins vs. Angels, 9:38 p.m. ET
Tigers vs. Athletics, 9:40 p.m. ET
Astros vs. Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET
Dodgers vs. Padres, 10:10 p.m. ET

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