The San Diego Padres face the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time since their trade deadline bonanza when the two teams open a three-game series Friday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Padres added Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Josh Hader and Brandon Drury over the past week, establishing themselves as serious contenders to win the National League and reach the World Series. To get there, the Padres may have to outrun the Dodgers (72-33), who hold the best record in baseball. Los Angeles is a -160 favorite in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest Dodgers vs. Padres odds, while San Diego is a +135 underdog.
The first throw is set for 10:10 p.m. ET. The game is one of 14 on MLB’s schedule for Friday. Elsewhere in the majors, the Mets and Braves are playing Game 2 of their key five-game series and the Yankees and Cardinals open an interleague series in St. Louis. Before making any MLB picks or bets, be sure to check out SportsLine’s proven computer model MLB predictions and betting tips.
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Now, the model has locked in four confident MLB best bets for Friday. They all involve games at 8:05 p.m. ET or later, so there’s still time to get those MLB picks. If you successfully spoke the picks, you would get a payout of almost 26-1. You can see the model’s MLB picks only on SportsLine.
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After simulating every Friday game 10,000 times, the model is high on the Rangers (+158) to beat the White Sox. A season after winning the AL Central, the White Sox (53-52) were one of the most disappointing teams in baseball, sitting in third place in the division. Rangers (47-58) sit in third place in the toughest AL West.
Few hitters have done better than Texas’ Nathaniel Lowe. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Lowe enters Friday on a career-best 11-game hitting streak that’s tied for the longest hitting streak of any Rangers this season. In his last 11 games, he is 17-for-42 (.405 batting average) with four doubles, one triple, two home runs and five RBIs.
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The model also locked in three other best bets for Friday, including a play on an even bigger American League underdog. You can see the model’s best MLB bets and parries only on SportsLine.
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