Are you ready to make a few bucks betting on baseball this week? Use my MLB expert picks for the week of May 14 through May 20 to cash. Let’s start on May 18 when the New York Yankees head to KC to battle the Royals. Will the Yankees add to the Royals 2018 woes? On Saturday, Toronto hosts Oakland. Can Oakland take down the Blue Jays in their building? My expert pick on Sunday is in the Baltimore at Boston game. Can the Orioles beat one of the top teams in MLB on the road?
MLB Expert Picks May 14-20
NY Yankees at Kansas City
When: Friday, May 18 at 8:15 pm ET
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Analysis: On May 18, the Yankees list Sonny Gray as their starter. Gray hasn’t had a wonderful start to the season. He’s 2 and 2 with a 6.00 ERA. His WHIP is 1.76. Gray might get a reprieve on Friday, though, because the Yankees play the horrible KC Royals.
Royals’ listed starter Jakob Junis has a 3.18 ERA and a .99 WHIP. His record is 4 and 2. Junis has faced the Yankees 16 times. Although NYY hits .375 versus Junis, the low number of at bats means that he could have a decent outing on Friday.
I’m backing Junis and the Royals to pull off the upset.
Pick: Kansas City
Oakland at Toronto
When: Saturday, May 19 at 1:07 pm ET
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON, CA
Analysis: Even after the no-hitter, Oakland listed starter Sean Manea continues to pitch well. His ERA is a dynamite 2.11. His WHIP is a fantastic .72. His record is only 4 and 4, though.
Does that mean the Toronto Blue Jays are the team to back on May 19? Toronto had scheduled to send ace Marcus Stroman to the mound, but he put on the 10-day DL after opening the season 0 and 5 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. Currently the Jays haven’t decided who to send to mound to face the A’s.
Baltimore at Boston
When: Sunday, May 20 at 1:05 pm ET
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Analysis: Baltimore already is out of the playoff hunt. The Orioles are close to 20 games behind the Red Sox and Yankees in the AL East. That doesn’t mean they won’t try to beat the Red Sox on Sunday, May 20.
Baltimore starter Andrew Cashner is 1 and 4. His ERA is an okay 4.89, though. Will that be good enough for the O’s to upset the Red Sox?
It’s not even close to good enough. Boston pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez might have a worse ERA, 5.29, then what Cashner’s got. It won’t matter. Rodriguez is 3 and 0 this season. He’ll pitch well enough for the Red Sox to be competitive until around the seventh inning. That’s when Boston punishes Baltimore.