MLB Best Bets Today – Yankees vs. Orioles – Mariners vs. Blue Jays – May 18, 2022

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Charles BerminghamMay 18, 2022, 07:33 PM

New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick: Yankees Team Total Over 4.5 | -130 at DraftKings

7:05 ET

The game total is tempting here at only 7.5 runs but with how good Gerrit Cole has been and the strength of the Yankees bullpen, I wouldn’t be counting on the Orioles to score anything. Luckily, the Yankees only have to pull off 5 runs on Jordan Lyles for this team total to hit. 

Lyles has been on a tough stretch, giving up 4 runs in each of his last 2 starts to the Tigers and Royals. His last start against the Yankees a few weeks ago was not pretty either, he was pulled in the 4th after giving up 6 runs. The Yankees went on to score 12 in that game. Everyone knows what this dangerous Yankees lineup can do so keep riding it against any average pitcher. 

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Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick: Kevin Gausman Over 6.5 Ks | +100 at DraftKings

7:07 PM ET

Gausman is having an excellent start this year, with a 2.4 ERA over 45 innings pitched. He’s fanned 54 batters over 45 innings, 1.2 per. Looking deeper it’s even more impressive that he’s actually pitched 45 innings. Many pitchers after the short spring training have had a short pitch count and come out early. 

Gausman is averaging 6.4 innings per game. These factors all line up well with a Mariners lineup that strikes out frequently. Gausman should have no problem striking out 7 if he makes it through 6 innings tonight. 

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