There are 16 games on the 2024 MLB Spring Training schedule on Friday as the calendar flips to March and Opening Day continues to creep closer. Several big-name pitchers are scheduled to take the mound on today's slate. Gerrit Cole is pitching for the Yankees as they take on Blue Jays at 6:35 p.m. ET in Tampa, Fla. The latest MLB odds list the Yankees as -160 favorites (risk $160 to win $100) in that one. 

Tyler Glasnow is set to make his second appearance for the Dodgers and they are -205 favorites against the Guardians in that 8:05 p.m. ET matchup in Glendale, Ariz. Where are the best values in the Spring Training lines for Friday? Before making any MLB Spring Training picks, be sure to see the MLB predictions from SportsLine's Eric Cohen

Cohen is a SportsLine expert who has been profitable in multiple sports, including returning nearly 14 units on his college football picks in 2023. He's also a host and contributor to SportsLine's YouTube show, "The Early Edge" as well as football and golf programming.

Now Cohen has studied each Friday MLB Spring Training game and locked in his projected scores. You can see all of his MLB picks at SportsLine

Top MLB Spring Training picks for Friday

One of Cohen's top 2024 MLB Spring Training picks for Friday: He's recommending a fade of Bryce Elder and the Atlanta Braves against the Baltimore Orioles in a 1:05 p.m. ET matchup in North Port, Fla. 

Elder was an All-Star in 2023, but that doesn't fully tell the story of his overall campaign. He had a 2.97 ERA before the All-Star break, but then collapsed down the stretch with a 5.11 ERA from that point forward. He was then crushed in his only playoff outing, giving up six earned runs in 2.2 innings in a loss to the Phillies in the NLDS.

Those struggles carried forward to the first start of the spring as he gave up four hits and two earned runs in 1.1 innings against the Red Sox on Feb. 25. Now Elder and the Braves take on a Baltimore squad that is 6-1 this spring and riding a four-game winning streak. The Orioles already beat the Braves once this spring, and Cohen is picking the Orioles to win 8-6 on Friday.

"The Orioles have a lot of young players out to prove themselves as part of a stacked farm system," Cohen told SportsLine. "Let's ride the hot streak and fade the cold pitcher." See more MLB Spring Training picks here

How to make Friday MLB Spring Training picks 

Cohen is also backing an underdog on the strength of "the ultimate bounce-back candidate." You can see who it is, and get all his MLB picks, at SportsLine

So who wins every MLB game on Friday, and which underdog should you be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see the Spring Training score predictions from a proven handicapping expert, and find out. 

2024 MLB Spring Training schedule for Friday, May 1

See score predictions for every Spring Training game at SportsLine
(all times p.m. ET)
Phillies vs. Tigers, 1:05
Red Sox vs. Twins, 1:05 
Orioles vs. Braves, 1:05
Astros vs. Nationals, 1:05
Marlins vs. Phillies, 1:05
Rays vs. Pirates, 1:05
Mets vs. Cardinals, 1:05
Athletics vs. Royals, 3:05 
White Sox vs. Cubs, 3:05
Rangers vs. Giants, 3:05
Padres vs. Brewers, 3:10
Angels vs. Padres, 3:10
Mariners vs. Rockies, 3:10
Blue Jays vs. Yankees, 6:35
Diamondbacks vs. Reds, 8:05
Guardias vs. Dodgers, 8:05