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Royals (+155) V Reds (-175)

In this matchup, we have the flaming hot Royals facing the so far disappointing Reds. The Royals are coming off four straight wins including a three game sweep of the division favorite Twins and a dominating 13-2 win over the Cubs. On the mound for them today is left handed rookie Kris Bubic who has given up four runs over two starts, versus the White Sox and Cubs, both being ranked in the top twelve offensively, whereas the Cincinnati Reds rank twenty- ninth. The Reds will once again be missing one of their top players in Mike Moustakas, as of his past three games, Moustakas has not contributed anything to the lineup, going 0-7. Despite this, he is still one of their best hitters, along with Joey Votto and Nick Castellanos. Votto is notoriously bad versus lefties and I expect no different today versus a promising rookie in Bubic. Castellanos on the other hand has put together a very good season so far, expecting a solid game from Castellanos and another lackluster performance from the rest of their lineup. I believe the Royals will put together another solid performance hitting wise vs the struggling Luis Castillo, and Kris Bubic picks up his first career win.

The Pick: Royals +1.5

Royals 4- Reds 3

Nationals (-140) V Mets (+127)

In this matchup we have the Washington Nationals coming off of a sixteen run performance in the series opener versus the Mets, who’s hitting has been very inconsistent but they still rank among the league's best, sitting at number four in total hitting. Today however, they will be facing one of the best to ever do it, Max Scherzer. The stats will show that Scherzer has not been good this year. Posting an 0-1 record and a 3.29 ERA is not bad by any means but for Max Scherzer it is very underwhelming. Coming off a slight hamstring injury in his last start one week ago, I expect Scherzer to be solid and get back to his usual form. For the Mets, they will be starting right hander, Rick Porcello, who surprisingly had a great outing versus the Nationals last week, posting only one earned run over seven innings pitched. In his other two starts though, he has pitched very poorly, giving up nine earned runs over six innings. This start will not be the same as his last vs the Nats as they hit their stride offensively yesterday, putting up sixteen runs and forcing the Mets to dive in their bullpen and use five different pitchers. In his other two starts though, he has pitched very poorly, giving up nine earned runs over six innings. This start will not be the same as his last vs the Nats as they hit their stride offensively yesterday, putting up sixteen runs and forcing the Mets to dive in their bullpen and use five different pitchers.his start will not be the same as his last vs the Nats as they hit their stride offensively yesterday, putting up sixteen runs and forcing the Mets to dive in their bullpen and use five different pitchers. Juan Soto had a huge game hitting 3-4 including a home run and I expect he will continue to hit well today against the right hander Porcello. I see Porcello going four to five innings today and the Mets will have to use pitchers from their already depleted bullpen to stay in this contest, it won’t be enough though as Scherzer and the Nats bullpen shut down the Mets offense.

The Pick: Nationals -140

Nationals 4- Mets 2

Braves (+120) V Yankees (-135)


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The Yankees are fresh off their first series loss of the year coming at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays, who are now just a game and a half out of first. For the Braves, they split their last series versus the Phillies and lost yesterday 13-8. Today they are pitching Touki Toussaint who this year has been inconsistent to say the least, posting a 6.08 ERA over three starts. For the Yankees, their young lefthander, Jordan Montgomery will be on the mound after a poor start against the Phillies, and this is the perfect chance for him to bounce back. With the exception of Adam Duvall, the Braves are not good against lefties. Out of all their players who have ten or more at bats versus left handed pitchers, only Dansby Swanson and Duvall have a batting average above .250. Jordan Montgomery is one of the most underrated pitchers in the league, in his only full season, his rookie campaign, he was 9-7 and had a 3.88 ERA over twenty- nine starts. He pitched very well in spring training and in his first start this year he did not disappoint. I see Montgomery going five innings, maybe six depending on his pitch count and giving up two runs at most. Despite the loss of Giancarlo Stanton I believe the Yankees lineup will hit well against the right handed Touissant, as Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner and Mike Ford tend to hit better versus right handers.

The Pick: Yankees -135, Braves TT U4.5

Yankees 6- Braves 3

Suns (-9) V 76ers (+9)

The Suns have been the best and most surprising team in the bubble thus far, holding a 6-0 record; led by Devin Booker who has been on an absolute tear. On the other side, the 76ers are going to be without Josh Richardson, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons; along with Tobias Harris and Al Horford being questionable to play. The 76ers don’t have much to play for as they have already clinched their spot in the playoffs, however, the Suns are right in the thick of things to steal the eight seed in the Western Conference. With all the injuries for the 76ers and the Suns being so hot and having a lot to play for, I see the Suns winning this one easily.

The Pick: Suns -9

Suns 123- 76ers 109

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