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Picks of the Day for MLB: August 08

By Stefan Luciani

You all know how I feel about Monday mornings. But I think it’s justified because if you are even remotely a normal person at all, your feelings probably aren’t that different to mine. As I’ve stated many times though, you all know what my favourite way to battle the Monday blues are – making some money.

So let’s get this week started properly here.

We have a very small slate of games today with just 14 teams in action. One of those games is the Toronto Blue Jays playing the Baltimore Orioles. Now the Blue Jays have been a very strong looking baseball team since the All Star break with their series split yesterday against Minnesota giving them a record of 60-48 on the season. Now when the first digit of your wins is higher by at least two than the first digit of your losses, you’re looking like a solid team.

One can argue they probably should have taken another in that four-game series with the Twins but, beggars can’t be choosers, right?

They open up a three-game split now as they finish off their road trip at the very…shall we say interesting Camden Yards. The Blue jays obviously come in as favourites with their moneyline sitting at a best -147 (BetRivers). You could expect that to be a touch higher but there’s a couple factors to consider here. The first of which being that the Baltimore Orioles are, quite frankly, not a terrible baseball team. They have an okay starting rotation with some players that are really coming into their own including rookie catcher Adley Rutschman who, over his last 15 games, is hitting .367 with a wRC+ of 130 over the course of his debut season. So yeah, he’s pretty good.

The Blue Jays are sending Yusei Kikuchi to the bump for his third start since his stint in the IL followed by a rehab assignment in Buffalo. His first start back against the Tigers was very promising, before his second start against the Rays last week was a touch discouraging. But bad starts happen, the biggest challenge is how you bounce back.

The Blue Jays though, have also been the American League’s best offensive team since the All Star break ranking top two in runs per game, batting average, and average with runners in scoring position. I like the way this team is seeing the ball right now, and I strongly believe they know we’re getting to crunch time with these games. It's time to start taking these close ones.

Pick: Blue Jays runline -1.5 (+110) at BetRivers

Other Notable Picks:

Yusei Kikuchi U4.5 Strikeouts @ +112 (FanDuel): Look, I want to be optimistic about Kikuchi. I like what I saw for him in that start against the Tigers and there are times this year where he’s looked proper. He possesses one of the best fastballs from the left-side in probably all of professional baseball.. His only problem? He doesn’t like to use it. I do anticipate a solid start from him tonight, but I don’t see a five K night inbound. This is one I’d be happy to lose though.

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