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MUST HAVE BASEBALL PLAYS ON 8/11

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)