Former Vegas Bookmaker
Micah Roberts has worked in the Las Vegas sports book industry for over 18 years, including a 13-year run as Station Casinos' book director. Roberts has covered the Las Vegas sports betting industry over the past decade for VegasInsider.com, Gaming Today, and Sporting News. One innovation in Las Vegas he is credited with is being the first to offer propositions and matchups in weekly NASCAR races. In 2016, Micah began selling MLB selections and his followers netted more than 86 units. He crushed college football for SportsLine members, going 70-44-3 (61 percent) on the season. For Micah Roberts media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.
LAST 19 MLB PICKS
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Royals starter Jason Vargas has been strong over his last five starts, allowing just eight runs combined with Kansas City getting wins in all five. Toronto starter Marco Estrada is having trouble just getting batters out. He's allowed 23 runs combined over his last four starts and hasn't made it out of the fourth inning in three of those. The Royals have won 10 of their last 12 because the bats have come alive. They keep rolling and get the win Saturday.
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Felix Hernandez makes his first start since April and the Seattle crowd will be pumped Friday as the Mariners ride a five-game winning streak. But he's going to have a tough time with Houston, which has won four straight to take its road record to 27-8. The Astros pound righties and average 6.7 runs per game on the road. They've also beat King Felix the last four meetings. Astros are the play.
The Dodgers have won seven straight and 13 of their last 14. They've also won eight straight games played on Friday. They're the hottest team in baseball and they're starting Alex Wood, who has won his last seven outings. The Rockies have lost two straight, but have won five of nine against the Dodgers. The Dodgers are red-hot, but the price is 30 cents too high. Call it a popularity tax by the oddsmakers, who keep losing while the Dodgers winning.
The Nationals have gone Over in eight of their last 10 and the Reds have gone Over in their last five and nine of 10 on the road. Cincinnati starter Luis Castillo makes his MLB debut Friday against the highest-scoring team in the NL and there is also a 12 mph wind blowing out to center field. Just the Over here.
Chase Anderson didn't allow a run for three straight games -- all Brewers wins -- and then he allowed one run in a loss and then three runs in a loss. Both those losses went Over the total. He was good in those games, almost as sharp as he was in those three masterpieces he had. The Pirates have won five of Ivan Nova's last seven starts. He's super-consistent and I feel I can trust him to not allow more than three runs. The top play here is the Under.
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