R.J. White

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R.J. cashed in the world's most prestigious handicapping contest, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest, in 2015. He tied for 39th out of a record 1,727 entries with a 51-32-2 record on NFL picks. R.J. has been with CBS Sports for five years as a writer and editor and previously contributed to FanHouse, FanDuel, Razzball and the Fantasy Cafe. R.J. has many years of experience analyzing NFL statistics and trends, beginning with Super Bowl XXV. For R.J. White media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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Arizona -119ARI -119

Arizona 9 @ San Diego 1
5/20
ARI 9 @ SD 1
5/20
WIN
Sat 5/20

The D-Backs have won four in a row and seven of their last nine, and they send lefty strikeout machine Robbie Ray to the mound. The Padres have lost four in a row and 13 of their last 16, and they are last in the majors in OPS vs. lefties. If you can get the D-Backs at anything close to these odds, jump.

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Texas +138TEX +138

Texas 3 @ Detroit 9
5/20
TEX 3 @ DET 9
5/20
LOSS
Sat 5/20

The Rangers are on quite the run, winning 10 straight, yet they're pretty significant underdogs on Saturday with Justin Verlander on the mound. However, Verlander hasn't been at his best this year, with a career-worst 4.7 BB/9 rate, and he's coming off a particularly poor start (6 IP, 4 ER, 5 BB), while Texas starter A.J. Griffin is having a great season so far. I'll take this type of value with this hot Rangers team.

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Pittsburgh -118PIT -118

Philadelphia 3 @ Pittsburgh 6
5/20
PHI 3 @ PIT 6
5/20
WIN
Sat 5/20

I took the Pirates yesterday and it didn't pay off, but the same reasoning applies here (the Pirates have been playing well over the last week, the Phillies have won just three of their last 15). However, the pitching matchup swings in the Pirates' favor today, with Ivan Nova pitching especially well in Pittsburgh (2.28 ERA, 40/3 K/BB ratio in 59.1 career innings) and Vince Velasquez struggling to a 5.63 ERA this year. Despite that, we're getting a better price today on the Pirates than we did yesterday. Clearly, I'm buying.

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Miami +215MIA +215

Miami 2 @ LA Dodgers 7
5/19
MIA 2 @ LAD 7
5/19
LOSS
Fri 5/19

The Marlins have done a lot of losing lately and Alex Wood has pitched well, so this line isn't all that surprising. But here's the thing; the Marlins are fourth in the league in OPS vs. lefties, while the Dodgers are much better against righties than lefties. So even though Justin Nicolino isn't anyone's idea of an ace, the splits favor him to have a solid showing and keep this one close. This matchup is way closer to a tossup than the odds indicate, so I'll jump on this value and cross my fingers.

16-10-0 in last 26 MLB picks | +637

Houston -132HOU -132

Cleveland 5 @ Houston 3
5/19
CLE 5 @ HOU 3
5/19
LOSS
Fri 5/19

Charlie Morton has been sharp at home this year, going 4-0 with a 2.43 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in five starts. The Astros have won nine of their last 10 and have lost a game by multiple runs just twice in their last 23 games -- the mark of a team playing well for a long stretch. The Indians have dropped five of seven and Trevor Bauer has been battered this season to the tune of a 6.92 ERA. Considering those trends, we're getting a pretty decent price here on the home favorite.

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