2021 MLB odds, picks, best bets for June 18 from proven model: This four-way parlay pays almost 10-1

A pair of National League teams looking to get back into contention in their respective divisions meet in the second matchup of a four-game series when the Atlanta Braves host the St. Louis Cardinals at Truist Park in Atlanta on Friday. The Braves (31-35), who are 6.5 games out of first place in the National League East, won Game 1 of the series, 4-0 on Thursday. The Cardinals (35-34), who are four games out of first in the National League Central, saw a three-game winning streak come to an end. First pitch on Wednesday is 7:20 p.m. ET. 

The Braves are -140 money-line favorites (risk $140 to win $100) in the latest MLB odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the Cardinals are +130 underdogs. The game is one of 15 on Wednesday’s MLB schedule. Other matchups include the A’s visiting the Yankees (-140) and the Brewers (-195) trying to stop a four-game losing streak against the Rockies. Before making any MLB picks or predictions on those games or others in the evening, you need to see the latest MLB predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model

This model, which simulates every pitch of every game 10,000 times, had a banner 2019 season, the league’s last full schedule, returning more than $1,400 on its top-rated MLB picks. It’s off to a sizzling start in 2021, going 89-65 on top-rated MLB money-line picks through 11 weeks, returning well over $1,200. Anyone following it has seen huge rewards.

Now, the model has studied the latest MLB lines, crunched the numbers for Friday’s MLB schedule and posted its best bets. Parlaying these four MLB picks will pay almost 10-1. Head to SportsLine now to see the picks

Top MLB picks for Friday, June 18

One of the MLB picks from the model is the Nationals (-115) to beat the Mets at 7:05 p.m. ET. New York (35-26) has won six of its last eight games and sits atop the NL East with a 4.5-game lead. The Nationals (30-35) are in fourth place, seven games behind the Mets. Washington is coming into Friday’s game riding a season-high four-game winning streak. 

The Nationals have continued to pitch well despite missing injured stars Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. They have allowed just seven runs in their last seven games. Erick Fedde, Friday’s starter, earned his fourth win of the season on Saturday, pitching five shutout innings with seven strikeouts against the Giants

He allowed three runs in five innings in his first matchup of the season against the Mets in April. Washington has outscored its opponents 31-14 in the last eight games. 

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How to make MLB predictions, parlays for Friday June 18

The model has locked in three other MLB best bets, including a play on an American League underdog winning in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can see these best bets only at SportsLine.

So which MLB picks should you make on Friday for a shot at a return of almost 10-1? And which underdog do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see Friday’s top MLB picks, all from the projection model that is off to a fast start in 2021, and find out.

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