MLB Betting Odds Report for Friday August 22nd

Steven Suarez

Friday, August 22, 2014 4:52 PM GMT

We've got a boatload of matchups to sift through on Friday, as we look to get our weekends started off on the right foot. Which MLB betting odds stand out the most, and where are our handicappers going with their sports picks?

San Francisco Giants  (Hudson) vs. Washington Nationals (Fister)
Covered by Willie Bee
The Nationals just can't stop winning. They've won 10 in a row heading into tonight, and should have a great chance of winning with Doug Fister (12-3, 2.20 ERA) on the mound, even against a solid San Francisco team. Willie agrees and is backing Washington on the run-line, as they look to get the better of veteran right-hander Tim Hudson.

MLB Pick: Nationals -1.5 (+150)

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Los Angeles Angels (Santiago) vs. Oakland Athletics (Gray)
Covered by Willie Bee
What a huge series this is for both teams. Right now it's the Angels that are atop the AL West (by two games), so you know the Athletics are going to come out determined this weekend. Tonight, however, Willie sees more value with the road team and is siding with LA to win as underdogs. Hector Santiago will have to pitch some quality innings for that to happen.

MLB Pick: Angels +150

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New York Mets (Niese) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (Haren)
Covered by Ron Patrick and Jeff Grant
The Dodgers still have a lot to play for at this point in the season, but they've been getting mixed results out of Dan Haren (10-10, 4.59 ERA) this season. Jeff likes Jonathon Niese and the Mets in this spot, but Ron is going a different route and adding the OVER to his MLB picks for the day.

MLB Pick: Ron: OVER 7.5 // Jeff: Mets -120

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San Diego Padres (Despaigne) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (Collmenter)
Covered by Ron Patrick
Oridsamer Despaigne has fallen back down to earth after a terrific start to his MLB career. Will he struggle again versus the Diamondbacks tonight? Josh Collmenter starts for the home team, looking to improve on his 4.31 ERA. After some thinking, Ron has opted to back San Diego at the plus price, and we can't say we blame him considering Arizona has lost six straight.

MLB Pick: Padres +105

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Seattle Mariners (Hernandez) vs. Boston Red Sox (Kelly)
Covered by Ross Benjamin
The Red Sox have been a lost cause this season, and now they run into one of the best pitchers in baseball in Felix Hernandez. Making matters worse, Joe Kelly was torched in his latest start, so who knows what kind of confidence level he's at right now. Ross is all over Seattle in this spot.

MLB Pick: Mariners -1.5 (-115)

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Atlanta Braves (Minor) vs. Cincinnati Reds (Latos)
Covered by Ross Benjamin
It's been an ugly couple of weeks for the Reds, who have dropped six consecutive games ahead of tonight's meeting with Mike Minor and the Braves. Ross has researched this game and believes we'll see the two offenses rise up at the plate and make life difficult on Minor and Mat Latos.

MLB Pick: OVER 7.5 at Bet365

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Pittsburgh Pirates (Locke) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (Gallardo)
Covered by Jeff Grant
The Pirates haven't been doing themselves many favors with their recent play, having gone 3-7 over their last 10 games, so a win over the division-leading Brewers would be a nice boost. Tonight's starters will be Yovani Gallardo and Jeff Locke, and in the end Jeff has decided the best value, in his opinion, comes on the home team.

MLB Pick: Brewers -140

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