New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays, 6:40 pm EDT, Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 pm EDT, Houston Astros at Oakland A's, 9:10 pm EDT.
There’s no time to panic, even in a shortened 60-game season.
A second straight non-productive night — Oakland won for us in an afternoon delight, but the Reds and White Sox didn’t do us any favors Thursday night.
Not to worry, there is a full slate of MLB games Friday and it’s time to pick some winners.
Pitchers: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Blake Snell
Odds: Yankees -120; Rays +105
Pitchers: Kyle Wright vs. Vince Velasquez
Odds: Braves -110; Phillies -110
Pitchers: Zack Greinke vs. Chris Bassitt
Odds: Astros -110; As -110
Single: The Yanks head to Tampa, their home away from home, to take on a struggling Rays team. Look for the Yanks’ bats to wake up and for Tanaka to shut down the Rays. Take New York.
Double: Velasquez has not been the pitcher the Phils hoped he would be, and he’s especially bad against Atlanta (1-6, 5.20 ERA). Wright is one of the Braves top young prospects and should get the road win. Take Atlanta.
Triple: In the game of the night I have to go with Houston on the road against Oakland, simply because of Greinke. The veteran is 8-2 in his career against the A’s and is 10-1 in his career in games played in the Bay Area.
Home Run: It’s been a few days since Aaron Judge went deep, so let’s go with Judge, Ronald Acuna and Max Muncy.