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Picks of the Day for MLB: Aug 31

By Stefan Luciani 

Yes, you read that date correctly. There remains just one final month in this 162-game MLB season before we head to the playoffs. There exists a new 12-team playoff format for this season and moving forward, but that still means that 18 teams will be on the couch for October baseball this season, while the lucky few that make it in will have quite the road ahead vying for that ever-elusive World Series berth.

Two teams sure to be in the postseason this year are the mighty New York Mets and of course the LA Dodgers. The Dodgers are no strangers to success having found themselves in World Series contention for multiple seasons now with a world title under their belt from the 2020 season. They’ve continued to dominate as they hold the best record in baseball at the moment at 90-38 — I know, that’s a lot of wins.

The Mets have put together quite the campaign themselves for 2022 though as they’re not far off with a record of 82-48, with both clubs leading their respective divisions. They go head-to-head tonight in Queens with the Dodgers looking to extend their three-game win streak in the second of a three game set. The Dodgers were able to finish on top in the opener, but I’m not sure the story will be the same for tonight.

The Mets are sending Jacob DeGrom to the mound and despite the league-best .451 slugging percentage the Dodgers boast, Jacob DeGrom is a different animal. This is meant as no disrespect to Tyler Anderson who starts for LA and is also having a brilliant 2022 campaign, but I don’t think much needs to be said with regards to DeGrom. Yeah, you know where I'm headed with this one.

Pick: Mets -1.5  (+146) at FanDuel

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