Free MLB Picks: Best Bets for May 12th

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We have a smaller slate in the MLB tonight, but a fun matchup in the American League pitting two top contenders starting a 4-game series, the league’s best team so far in the Dodgers in action going up against Zack Wheeler, and the Mets looking to avoid dropping their first series of 2022. Just seven games in Major League Baseball but still picks to be made. I’ll be on FanDuel for my picks tonight. If you haven’t signed up with them yet, you can do so HERE and get a risk-free bet up to $1,000 when you make your initial deposit. Onto the picks.

New York Mets vs Washington Nationals – 1:05pm ET

  • Taijuan Walker (0-0, 4.91 ERA) vs Joan Adon (1-5, 6.99 ERA)
  • O/U 9, NYM -1.5 (+112)

The Nationals went off on Tylor Megill last night to even up the series at a game a piece thanks to a huge 5-run 1st Inning. The Mets bats never really woke back up after their 3-run Top of the 1st and that was kind of that for the rest of the night. With two struggling pitchers on the mound, this one feels like we could see some more runs again. I don’t think the Mets drop their first series of the season to the division basement dweller. I think they start fast and capitalize on a pitcher that struggles with his command and gives a lot of free passes.

Pick: Mets 1st Half Result (+105)

New York Yankees vs Chicago White Sox – 8:10pm ET

  • Luis Gil vs Dylan Cease (3-1, 2.38 ERA)
  • O/U 8, CHW -1.5 (+136)

Both teams come into this game streaking in what could be a potential American League playoff preview. Luis Gil makes a spot start for the Yankees and he’s had a rough go of it in Triple-A so far and struggles with command. The White Sox trot out Dylan Cease who’s been one of the best starters in the AL this season, so on paper things heavily tilt toward the Sox. But the White Sox never like to make things easy so I’m sticking to props tonight. I do think the Sox will get their chances with runners in scoring position against Gil and the Yankee bullpen. Yoan Moncada will be hitting 2nd most likely, he sees a lot of pitches and I’d expect to see him on base multiple times tonight getting to be on the left side. With all the talent behind him, I’m going to take a shot on him scoring a run.

Pick: Yoan Moncada to score 1+ runs (+100)

Philadelphia Phillies vs Los Angeles Dodgers – 10:10pm ET

  • Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.10 ERA) vs Tyler Anderson (3-0, 2.78 ERA)
  • O/U 8, LAD -1.5 (+134)

The Dodgers return home after a puzzling series loss in Pittsburgh and the Phillies are coming off a series win in Seattle as they try to inch back closer to .500. It should be a fun matchup as one of last season’s Cy Young contenders in Zack Wheeler goes up against southpaw Tyler Anderson who’s off to a fast start in 2022. The Dodgers have two N.L. East veterans in their lineup who are familiar with Zack Wheeler in Freddie Freeman and Trea Turner. Both have hit Wheeler well throughout their careers. Freeman especially, he’s hitting .438 through 48 career ABs vs Wheeler with a 1.208 OPS and 6 XBH. It’s a huge 4-game series for Philly and with their ace on the mound they really need a win to start off on the right foot.

Pick: Freddie Freeman 2+ Total Bases (+115)