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Picks of the Day for MLB: August 17

By Stefan Luciani

So baseball has been weird lately there is no denying that. 

The teams that were supposed to be doing well like the Yankees and the Blue Jays find themselves in pretty poor slumps as of late, and teams like the Baltimore Orioles, are just a half game back from the Blue Jays in the wildcard race. Make it make sense.

But I want to focus on the Yankees because despite their tough stretch of late, I cannot bring myself to bet against the Blue Jays right now. It’s still a very tender subject and I would appreciate some space on this one.

The Yankees are hosting the Rays for the third of a three game set this evening in hopes of salvaging out a win and avoiding the sweep. Now this powerhouse Yankees club that we saw for most of the season seems to have taken some time off as with last night’s loss to the Rays, they have now lost five straight series. 

They are definitely dealing with some injuries as guys like Giancarlo Stanton, Matt Carpenter and DJ LeMahieu all find themselves on the IL currently, and this has been shown in their offensive production. Over their last 10 games New York is just 2-8 batting a measly .196 while having been outscored by 10 runs.

The Rays on the other hand are 6-4 batting a lowly .210, but still better than the Yankees. 

So do the Rays really sweep them tonight? 

To be honest, as much as I, and many of you may want to say yes, I think the Yankees will salvage one at home tonight for the win. Now because they are the Yankees and their record is what it is, they’re obviously still the favourites. What does that mean for us? It means we’re going back to our roots and placing some units on a runline. Bet365 currently has the Yankees -1.5 at +150, and for a team that is going to win tonight (it’s all about manifesting) those odds are just too appealing to turn away. It’s time to get back on our horse and find ourselves in the winners’ circle.

Pick: Yankees runline -1.5 @ +150 (Bet365) vs Rays 

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