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MLB Best Bets: Baseball Picks, Predictions, Odds to Consider on DraftKings Sportsbook for August 20

Nick Friar gives his best bets on DraftKings Sportsbook for Friday’s MLB betting card.

A couple of good lefties are taking on lineups that have struggled against left-handed pitching recently. Here’s how to back them on Friday via DraftKings Sportsbook.

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Atlanta Braves at Baltimore Orioles

Max Fried over 5.5 strikeouts +115

The Orioles have been striking out quite a bit lately, and Fried has been punching out six or more frequently. The Atlanta left-hander has hit the over on DraftKings Sportsbook’s strikeout prop for Friday’s game in five of his last six starts. Throughout those six starts, Fried has faced teams that have struck out against left-handed pitching more than Baltimore this season, but Orioles hitters have been striking out against lefties more often than most lineups lately. Five of the last eight left-handed starters who faced Baltimore have registered six-plus strikeouts in their outings (Shane McClanahan twice).

On top of their recent influx of strikeouts, the Orioles have struggled in other categories against lefties lately. So, it stands to reason there will be length to Fried’s start. And the fact Baltimore hitters have one of the highest team O-Swing% and swinging strike rates since the All-Star break won’t hurt the lefty’s cause either.

Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox

First Five Innings Rangers under 1.5 runs -130

Chris Sale is back and he’s facing another lineup struggling against left-handers this month. It may only take a couple mistakes for the Rangers to push across two runs, but they’ve struggled to do so against lesser left starters this month.

Both Marco Gonzales and Tyler Anderson held the Rangers to one run in each of their two starts vs. Texas this month. Jose Suarez may have surrendered three in his outing vs. the Rangers, but only one of those runs came in the first five frames.

Sale should have no problem holding down the lineup ranked 28th in OPS and 20th in ISO this month through the first five innings of Friday’s contest.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Cardinals -1.5 -105
Mitch Keller over 4.5 hits allowed -145

The Cards are fresh off a meeting with Brandon Woodruff, and things didn’t exactly go well for the Milwaukee right-hander in that contest. So, it’s hard to imagine St. Louis hitters don’t maintain that momentum on Friday at home. Not to mention, the pitcher they’re set to face hasn’t exactly been on the same level as Woodruff this season.

Since his return to Pittsburgh’s rotation on Aug. 1, Keller has given up seven-plus hits in each start. Even last time out when he only went 4 1/3 on 77 pitches, Keller easily hit the over on his hits allowed prop for Friday. The Pirates also tend to lose by a wide margin when the right-hander takes the mound. Pittsburgh is 5-10 in Keller starts this season, and all but one of those losses were by three or more runs.

For the Cardinals, Miles Mikolas is expected to make his return from injury on Friday. He chucked seven innings in his last rehab start, so it stands to reason St. Louis will let the righty work a bit against this lackluster Pittsburgh lineup. Even if the bullpen has to come in a little early, the St. Louis relievers are far superior to Pittsburgh’s.

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