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Our first MLB prop bet selection for Friday’s card is for the Chicago Cubs to score first when they visit the New York Yankees. The Cubs bat in the top of the first inning in this contest, which will give them the first chance to get on the scoreboard in the game. But there are plenty of other reasons to back the Cubbies to score first, including a pitching matchup that should work in their favor in a couple of different ways.
First, this is the season debut of Carlos Rodon for the New York Yankees on the mound. In the long run, Rodon is expected to really boost the Yankees pitching staff, as they have lacked that extra starter to really push them over the top in what has been a competitive AL East. But he will have significant rust to knock off at the start of this matchup, which should help the Cubs to get on the scoreboard first.
On the other side of this pitching matchup is Jameson Taillon, who gets the start for the Cubs in this contest. Taillon has experience with the Yankees having been a member of their starting rotation before going to the Cubs. Expect him to exact some revenge early in this game and to keep the Yankees off of the scoreboard long enough to help Chicago cash this prop bet to start us off on Friday.
Next up, we look to the MLB team totals props for our second prop bet of the day on Friday. In that prop market, we expect the Detroit Tigers to go over their team total of four runs against the Toronto Blue Jays. In this contest, Alek Manoah makes his return to MLB action for the Blue Jays, and that should mean chances to put some runs on the board for the Tigers at home.
Manoah has not pitched in a major league game since the beginning of June when he gave up six runs to the Houston Astros. After winning his first decision of this season, he lost seven straight decisions from that point on, forcing the Blue Jays to send him down to the minor leagues to figure things out. Whether or not that plan worked remains to be seen, but Manoah has not faced MLB-level hitting in a while.
Along with the Manoah situation, the Tigers' offense has been hitting the ball well of late. They have reached double figures on the scoreboard in two of their last four games. While they may not do that again here, they are going to put enough runs on the board to cash this prop bet, scoring at least five runs against a pitcher in Manoah who should still struggle in this contest.
In our final MLB prop bet for Friday, we like Zac Gallen to record the win when the Arizona Diamondbacks face the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gallen comes into this game with a 10-3 record and a 3.15 ERA, and he should be able to get the job done in this matchup at home. When you look at his home/road splits on the season, this prop bet is a no-brainer.
So far this season, Gallen has started in nine games at home for the Diamondbacks. In those nine starts, he has gone 8-0 and has posted a 1.50 ERA in those nine games. Gallen has 71 strikeouts in those nine home starts, averaging about eight strikeouts per game that he has pitched at home, and he will once again dominate the competition in Phoenix to help his team get the win going into the weekend.
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