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Picks of the Day for MLB: Aug 22

By Stefan Luciani

It is absolutely insane how quickly this MLB season is flying by.

It honestly feels like yesterday that you could hear the collective groans of baseball fans across North America as many wondered whether or not we’d even have a season this year. Safe to say I’m very thankful that we did.

A lot of drama has occurred throughout the year, but my favourite storyline at the moment is the internal collapse the New York Yankees continue to trend towards following a historic start to the season.

Heading into their Sunday series finale with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yanks had won just five of their last 18 games. With a pitching rotation that seems to be in a funk, it’s their offence, or lack thereof, that seems to be grabbing most of the attention batting just .196 over their last 10 games.

They stay close to home as they open up a subway series matchup with a team that really couldn't be more opposite. Their neighbours in Queens are enjoying themselves mightily right now as the Mets currently boast a 79-44 record heading into the series.

The Yankees are giving the ball to Domingo German who has a 1-2 record with a 4.45 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. Now this is just the 30-year-old’s sixth start on the season, but he’s going to have a strong counterpart as the Mets are going to be giving the ball to Max Scherzer opposite him as the opening act in a back-to-back that’ll see Jacob DeGrom get the ball on Tuesday.

Scherzer has been brilliant yet again this season posting a 2.15 ERA with a sub-1 WHIP and 134 strikeouts over his 109 innings of work. With an offense like the Yankees right now still feeling the absence of power guys like Giancarlo Stanton and even Matt Carpenter, this lineup has lost its magic touch and I strongly believe that Scherzer is going to make these guys pay.

Pick: Mets -1.5 (+110) at Betway

Other Notable Picks

Max Scherzer O 7.5 strikeouts (+100) at FanDuel: A quick glance at Scherzer’s game log will show you that he’s had over 7 strikeouts in 6 of his last nine starts. I like the odds, give it to me.

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