MLB Betting Odds Report for Friday 8/29

Steven Suarez

Friday, August 29, 2014 3:58 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 3:58 PM UTC

Trying to find an edge in any way possible? Maybe our daily MLB odds report can help you think of an angle you hadn't previously considered, as our cappers dish out their best bets with their sports picks for Friday. Who's ready to kick the weekend off right?

New York Yankees (Capuano) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (Buehrle)
Covered by Willie Bee

A Wild Card spot is still up for grabs, and both New York and Toronto are pushing for it. That makes this series all the more important.

Mark Buehrle and Chris Capuano will be the starting pitcher for tonight's game. Buehrle has settled down recently and comes in at 11-8 with a 3.41 ERA on the season. He's given up three earned runs in two consecutive starts. As for Capuano, he's been pretty reliable as well and takes a 4.37 ERA into this evening's battle.

With his MLB picks, Willie thinks we should be laying our money on New York on the road. The Yankees are playing much better baseball as of late, and they've had a lot of experience against Buehrle over the years.
Free MLB Pick: Yankees +100
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Detroit Tigers (Verlander) vs. Chicago White Sox (Carroll)
Covered by Ron Patrick

Also in the hunt for a playoff spot is Detroit. The Tigers, who are one-and-a-half games back of the Royals for first place in AL Central, but they're currently taking up the second Wild Card spot alongside Oakland.

Still, there's a heated race going on, so Detroit needs to keep ending up on the winning side. They'll turn to Justin Verlander, who's 11-11 with a 4.82 ERA on the year, while the White Sox will send out Scott Carroll, who's 5-8 with a 5.05 ERA.

Neither of these starters inspire much confidence, and therefore we have to agree with Ron's decision to recommend the OVER. Let's see if those big-time hitters like Jose Abreu, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez do some damage.
Free MLB Pick: Take the 'Over' 9 runs in MLB Odds
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Oakland Athletics (Lester) vs. Los Angeles Angels (Weaver)
Covered by Ross Benjamin

The Angels, winners of three straight, are top dogs in the AL West, but will they be able to keep momentum high tonight? After all, they have to come up against one of the more dominant pitchers in the game in Jon Lester.

Lester is 13-8 with a 2.53 ERA in 2014 and shut down this LA team just six days ago. Over seven innings, he allowed only five hits and one earned run while striking out seven. The Angels will need a quality outing from Jered Weaver, who owns an excellent 14-7 win-loss record despite a forgettable 3.72 ERA.

Even though confidence is high with the Angels at the moment, the Athletics have the advantage in the pitching department, so we can't complain about Ross's decision to back Oakland at a rather cheap price this evening.
Free MLB Pick: Athletics -120
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Los Angeles Dodgers (Haren) vs. San Diego Padres (Cashner)
Covered by Jeff Grant

Don't be fooled by Andrew Cashner's win-loss record. Though he's 2-6 this season, he's been tremendous for the Padres, posting a 2.43 ERA overall. He may be at home tonight, but Cashner will still need to have his best stuff against the Dodgers.

LA will have Dan Haren on the bump. Inconsistent performances have plagued Haren throughout the 2014 campaign, but at least San Diego's offense hasn't exactly been scary to face. He'll be fancying his chances of a great start here.

Indeed, Jeff likes the value on Haren and the Dodgers. The Padres may hold the edge in the pitching matchup, but this price is too good to pass up on the better overall team in LA. Jeff is on the Dodgers at -105.
Free MLB Pick: Dodgers -105
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