It may be only April, but the Friday MLB schedule features multiple huge early-season showdowns. The main event on the 14-game slate arguably is the matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers (-149) and Milwaukee Brewers, which is a rematch of last year’s drama-filled NLCS. Both teams have gotten off to strong starts this season. Another game features two of the hottest teams in baseball — the AL West-leading Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros (-157) — who both have won six straight games and begin a three-game series in Seattle. Finally, the New York Mets face the Atlanta Braves (-115) in what figures to be a competitive NL East race all season long. Fans everywhere will be playing off MLB odds for these games and others, but before locking in any MLB picks of your own, you’ll want to see the MLB best bets for April 12 from SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh.

The renowned co-founder of Accuscore, Oh uses a data-driven approach to crush sportsbooks. He raked in more than $1,100 to $100 bettors tailing his MLB picks in 2018.

The key to the success: Oh’s projection model simulates each game 10,000 times, identifying critical trends and matchups he expects will make the difference — and he shares the results exclusively at SportsLine. Parlaying Friday’s three top MLB picks would pay out at nearly 6-1.

We can tell you that Oh is going with the Rays (-132) on the road against the Blue Jays at 7:07 p.m. ET. He’s hit 27 of his last 45 picks involving Toronto and 25 of his last 37 picks involving Tampa Bay.

Oh knows the Rays (10-3) have been one of the best teams in baseball through the first three weeks of the season. They’ve done it behind their unconventional pitching. Tampa Bay’s staff leads the majors with a 1.98 ERA. Detroit has the second-best ERA at 2.50.

Reliever Ryne Stanek is set to serve as the opener against Toronto on Friday, and he has been solid so far this season. The righty did not allow a run in his first four appearances, including two “starts.” He finally allowed a run on two hits on Tuesday at the White Sox. In nine appearances against the Blue Jays last season, Stanek allowed just two runs on six hits while striking out 13 and walking only one in 10 innings.

Meanwhile, Toronto has struggled at the plate so far this season. Prior to Thursday night’s game at Boston, the Blue Jays had been hitting a paltry .193 (second worst in the majors) and scored just 36 runs (third worst). They had struck out 120 times (tied for fourth worst).

Oh’s projections show Tampa Bay winning 66 percent of his computer simulations, a number that makes this money line a solid value. Lock in the Rays to win on Friday, and you could be well on your way to a strong MLB parlay payout. 

Oh has also found plenty of value on another road team that’s winning more than 60 percent of his simulations on Friday. You can see which favorite he’s all-in on only at SportsLine. 

So which MLB picks should you make on Friday for a 6-1 payout? And which road team is he backing hard? See Friday’s MLB schedule below, then visit SportsLine to get Friday’s MLB best bets, all from the SportsLine handicapper who returned a $1,100 profit on MLB picks last season.

Friday’s MLB schedule (all times Eastern)

Angels at Cubs (-156), 2:20 p.m.
White Sox at Yankees (-250), 7:05 p.m.
Pirates at Nationals (-180), 7:05 p.m.
Rays at Blue Jays (+114), 7:07 p.m.
Orioles at Red Sox (-260), 7:10 p.m.
Phillies at Marlins (+155), 7:10 p.m.
Mets at Braves (-115), 7:20 p.m.
A’s at Rangers (+107), 8:05 p.m.
Tigers at Twins (-168), 8:10 p.m.
Indians at Royals (+130), 8:15 p.m.
Padres at Diamondbacks (+110), 9:40 p.m.
Brewers at Dodgers (-149), 10:10 p.m.
Astros at Mariners (+130), 10:10 p.m.
Rockies at Giants (-124), 10:15 p.m.

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