The Seattle Mariners play the franchise's first playoff game since the 2001 season when they take on the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 of their American League Wild Card Series on Friday. The Mariners (90-72) finished second in the AL West, which was good enough to earn the second wild card spot and end the longest playoff drought in North America's four major pro sports leagues. Toronto (92-70) is a -135 favorite in the latest MLB odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Seattle is a +115 underdog. The Over/Under for runs scored is 7.
First pitch is at 4:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Elsewhere on Friday in the 2022 MLB playoffs, the Guardians host the Rays, the Mets welcome the Padres, and the Phillies visit the Cardinals. Each series is a best-of-three, with the winners advancing to the divisional round. Before making any MLB picks or parlays, be sure to see the predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Top MLB playoff picks for Friday
The model, which ran 10,000 simulations on each of Friday's wild card games, likes Cleveland to knock off Tampa Bay and take a 1-0 series lead. The Guardians (92-70) ended the regular season on a roll, going 24-6 since Sept. 30. They won four of the six meetings against the Rays (86-76) during the regular season.
One of the reasons for Cleveland's success down the stretch was starter Shane Bieber (13-8, 2.88 ERA). The 27-year-old righty hasn't lost since Sept. 1 and is 5-0 over his last six starts. He will be supported by one of the best bullpens in baseball. During the regular season, Guardians relievers ranked fifth in the majors in ERA (3.05) and third in WHIP (1.11). See who else to back right here.
How to make MLB picks and parlays for Friday
The model also locked in three other best bets for Friday, including a play that would pay plus-money. You can see the model's MLB best bets and parlay only at SportsLine.
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