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The top two teams in the National League Central -- the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers -- open a key three-game series on Friday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cardinals (61-50) own a slim ½-game lead over the Brewers (60-50) in the division. After this week's series, the teams will play just four more times this year. St. Louis is a -170 favorite (risk $170 to win $100) in the latest MLB odds from Caesars Sportsbook while Milwaukee is a +143 underdog. First pitch is set for 8:15 p.m. ET. 

The game is one of 14 on the MLB schedule for Friday. Elsewhere in the majors, Juan Soto and Josh Bell return to Washington for the first time since being traded to San Diego. The Padres are big -292 favorites in that one. The Yankees (-120) and Red Sox, meanwhile, begin a series in Boston. Before making any MLB picks or parlays, be sure to check out the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every MLB game 10,000 times, and it is 299-254 on top-rated MLB money-line picks since the start of the 2021 season, returning more than $800 for $100 players. This is the same model that pegged the 2021 Atlanta Braves at 10-1 as one of three best bets to win the World Series. Anybody who has followed the model has seen profitable returns.

Now, the model has locked in three confident MLB best bets for Friday. They all involve games at 7:10 p.m. ET or later, so there's still time to get these MLB picks in. If you successfully parlay the picks, you'd be looking at a payout of almost 11-1. You can see the model's MLB picks only at SportsLine

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The model, which ran 10,000 simulations on each of Friday's games, likes the New York Yankees (-120) to knock off Boston. The Yankees (71-41) have dominated American League East foes this season, going 32-16. Meanwhile the Red Sox (55-58) have struggled in the division, going 13-29.

In addition, Aaron Judge is having a MVP-caliber year for the Yankees. The 6-foot-7 slugger leads the majors in home runs (45), RBI (99) and OPS (1.078). Over the last 15 days he has been red-hot, hitting .405 and slugging .976 while hitting seven home runs, driving in 17 runs and posting an OPS of 1.538. See who else to back right here.

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How to make MLB picks and parlays for Friday

The model also locked in two other best bets for Friday, including a play on a big National League underdog. You can see the model's MLB best bets and parlay only at SportsLine.

What MLB picks should you target for a payout of almost 11-1? And what underdog does the model like on Friday? Visit SportsLine now to see the MLB best bets from an advanced model that is on a 299-254 run on top-rated MLB money-line picks since the start of 2021.