Dominant Pitchers to Back on Friday's MLB Overnight Lines

Alex Wood

Jake Walker

Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:46 PM GMT

We browse the early MLB odds board in search of betting value on Friday's slate. Read on and find two selections that will maximize your profits at the start of the weekend.

Red Sox vs. Angels

Left-hander Chris Sale (11-4, 2.59 ERA, 0.89 WHIP) takes the hill for the Red Sox after allowing just three hits and two walks while tying a season-high with 13 strikeouts over 7 2/3 scoreless innings to get a no-decision in a 4-1 loss against the Yankees last Saturday. Sale is averaging an impressive 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings (K/9) and he leads the American League with a 2.59 ERA, 135 1/3 innings pitched, 191 strikeouts and an 0.89 WHIP and he is second with 11 wins.

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (4-10, 4.82 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) will get the ball for the Angels looking to build on a decent performance last Friday, when he allowed just one earned run on two hits (one home run) in seven innings to get a no-decision in a 2-1 loss against the Rays. Nolasco lowered his ERA from 5.06 to 4.82 but he's just 2-4 with a 4.42 ERA in nine home starts. Look for Sale to dominate here and take the Red Sox at -195 MLB odds.

Free MLB Pick: Red Sox -195
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Braves vs. Dodgers

Jaime Garcia (3-7, 4.33 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) starts for the Braves after giving up just one earned run on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings of a 7-1 win against the Diamondbacks last Sunday. Garcia has just three wins and his 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings (K/9) are as underwhelming as his 4.17 ERA in nine road starts.  

Alex Wood (11-0, 1.56 ERA, 0.88 WHIP) will make his 17th appearance (15th start) for the Dodgers, looking to win his sixth straight outing. Wood threw six scoreless innings against the Marlins last Saturday, surrendering just three hits and one walk with four strikeouts and he hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 15 1/3 innings of work. I can't go against the Dodgers here, as Wood is 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA in nine home appearances (seven starts). Los Angeles is the right play for our MLB picks.

Free MLB Pick: Dodgers RL
Best Line Offered: TBD