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    R.J. White

    Super Stat Geek

    CBS Sports' managing editor of Fantasy and gambling, R.J. twice has cashed huge in the world's most prestigious handicapping tournament, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest. In 2017 he tied for 18th out of 2,748 contestants with a 52-29-4 mark against the spread. In 2015 he tied for 39th out of 1,727 entries with a 51-32-2 record. Over the past nine years, R.J.'s Vegas content picks are 428-327-25 (56.7 percent). He shares those five weekly picks on SportsLine. Beyond his weekly Vegas contest column, R.J. consistently crushes the NFL: He went 636-534-34 on ATS picks from 2017-23, returning $4,899 to $100 players as SportsLine's No. 1 NFL expert in against the spread picks. R.J. has many years of experience analyzing NFL statistics and trends, beginning with Super Bowl XXV, and it shows in his insightful writeups and winning picks. For R.J. White media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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    R.J.'s Picks (2 Live)

    Apr 12 2024, 11:10 pm UTC
    League
    Atlanta
    @ Miami
    R.J.'s PickSubscribers Only
    Unit1.0
    Analysis:

    The Braves are looking to pick up the pieces ...

    Pick Made: 2:43 pm UTC
    Apr 13 2024, 1:40 am UTC
    League
    Chi. Cubs
    @ Seattle
    R.J.'s PickSubscribers Only
    Unit1.0
    Analysis:

    Jordan Wicks has failed to complete five innings in each of his two starts ...

    Pick Made: 3:13 pm UTC

    R.J.'s Past Picks

    Apr 11 2024, 6:35 pm UTC
    League
    Oakland
    1
    @ Texas
    0
    Analysis:

    Two struggling pitchers square off in Arlington, but expectations are high Jon Gray can turn things around in a matchup with this mediocre Oakland offense. The problem with expecting a lot of strikeouts is that he only hit seven Ks eight times in 29 starts last year and he hasn't been any better this year, failing to get out of the fourth inning in both his starts while walking more batters than he struck out. Even last year he topped out at just five Ks in three starts against these A's, so don't expect him to pull seven out when he's not pitching well in the first place.

    Pick Made: Thu 1:38 pm UTC
    Apr 11 2024, 6:10 pm UTC
    League
    Houston
    3
    @ Kansas City
    13
    +685
    13-6 in Last 19 MLB Picks
    +422
    5-1 in Last 6 MLB ML Picks
    +914
    10-2 in Last 12 KC ML Picks
    Analysis:

    We've had success backing the Royals against the Astros the last two days, and we're going to stick with it in this matchup. Brady Singer has been excellent in his two starts this year while giving up one earned run in 13.1 innings with a 14:2 K:BB ratio, while Hunter Brown has yet to deliver on his upside while lasting just seven innings in his two starts with a 6.43 ERA and 8:6 K:BB ratio. With the market continuing to overrate this 4-9 Astros team and underrate this 8-4 Royals team, I'll take plus odds on Kansas City getting its seventh straight win.

    Pick Made: Thu 1:30 pm UTC
    Apr 11 2024, 4:20 pm UTC
    League
    N.Y. Mets
    16
    @ Atlanta
    4
    Analysis:

    We were on this prop yesterday before the Braves-Mets game was postponed, and we're running it back today. Lefty Jose Quintana is on the mound for the Mets, and that's good news for Ozzie Albies, who hit .391/.406/.617 against lefties last year and has shined in limited looks at Quintana in his career. Albies also has three straight games with a double and back-to-back two-hit games heading into this one. My guess is that he hits this Over with a homer, but the less risky play is to count on another two-hit game or another double in a great matchup.

    Pick Made: Thu 1:09 pm UTC
    Apr 10 2024, 11:40 pm UTC
    League
    Houston
    2
    @ Kansas City
    11
    +685
    13-6 in Last 19 MLB Picks
    +422
    5-1 in Last 6 MLB ML Picks
    +914
    10-2 in Last 12 KC ML Picks
    Analysis:

    Spencer Arrighetti makes his MLB debut tonight for the Astros, and even though he's posted a 2.16 ERA in two minor-league starts this year, that's come with seven walks in 8.1 innings pitched. Control has been a consistent issue for Arrighetti with 4.6 BB/9 in 2022 and 4.3 BB/9 in 2023, and the nerves of an MLB debut certainly won't help. Seth Lugo has pitched well in his first two starts despite a lack of strikeouts, which is in line with the success he had last year. I think the Royals should be favored in this matchup, but playing the Royals F5 to fade Arrighetti is also a safer option.

    Pick Made: Wed 4:36 pm UTC
    Apr 10 2024, 10:40 pm UTC
    League
    Chi. Cubs
    2
    @ San Diego
    10
    Analysis:

    Kyle Hendricks has been knocked around in his first two starts this season and I expect a little positive regression today against the Padres, a team that's scored more than four runs just once in their last eight games while scoring two or fewer five times in that stretch. Hendricks is the furthest thing from a strikeout pitcher, but four Ks isn't much to ask for, as it's something he did in 15 of his 24 starts last year (and in each of his last seven starts against the Padres, including one last year). His projection on Ks today should be closer to 4 than 3 despite what these odds say.

    Pick Made: Wed 4:07 pm UTC
    Apr 10 2024, 7:45 pm UTC
    League
    Washington
    1
    @ San Francisco
    7
    +685
    13-6 in Last 19 MLB Picks
    Analysis:

    The Giants have dropped two straight at home to the Nationals and will be focused on avoiding the sweep today. The pitching matchup couldn't get much better with Jordan Hicks allowing one earned run over his first two starts combined and Patrick Corbin not looking any better in 2024 than he has in recent years. The reason I like the run line here is that the Nats haven't had a one-run loss in a Corbin start since 2022, and he's been the NL leader in losses for three years straight. Expect the Giants to build a strong lead early, and there may be live betting opportunities on the other side later in the game if you want to hedge

    Pick Made: Wed 3:43 pm UTC
    Apr 10 2024, 7:10 pm UTC
    League
    Arizona
    5
    @ Colorado
    3
    +685
    13-6 in Last 19 MLB Picks
    +390
    5-1 in Last 6 COL O/U Picks
    Analysis:

    These two pitchers squared off in Arizona in March 30 in a game that featured 13 runs, which could have been even more if the Rockies bullpen hadn't pitched 4.1 scoreless innings despite walking six batters. Both Tommy Henry and Austin Gomber have had control issues so far this year, and walks will translate into runs in this hitting environment. While 11 is a big number, Rockies home games averaged 11.8 runs last year, and the pitching matchup should have us expecting it to be on the larger end of that scale. I think we're getting some value on a line that should be 11.5.

    Pick Made: Wed 3:33 pm UTC
    Apr 10 2024, 2:05 am UTC
    League
    Chi. Cubs
    5
    @ San Diego
    1
    +685
    13-6 in Last 19 MLB Picks
    +422
    5-1 in Last 6 MLB ML Picks
    +563
    9-4 in Last 13 SD ML Picks
    Analysis:

    Ben Brown is set to make his first MLB start on Monday in San Diego after two up-and-down relief appearances with the Cubs this year. He posted a 5.70 ERA in 72.2 innings at Triple-A last year while allowing a brutal 6.3 walks per nine rate. The Cubs are certainly capable of winning a slugfest if needed as they're second in runs per game in MLB, but Joe Musgrove has delivered a career 2.05 ERA and .505 OPS against in nine starts facing the Cubs. I'm surprised San Diego isn't a bigger favorite here after coming back from down 8-0 last night.

    Pick Made: Tue 3:24 pm UTC
    Apr 09 2024, 11:40 pm UTC
    League
    Houston
    3
    @ Kansas City
    4
    Analysis:

    Cristian Javier has yet to allow a run this year, and while he issued five walks in his last outing, he paired it with giving up just one hit to keep Toronto off the board. While both those starts were at home and he was much worse on the road last year, he still averaged better than five innings per start away from Houston last year. Most crucially, the Astros absolutely need length on Tuesday after getting just one out from their starter last night. I think it's more likely Javier pitches six innings than five today despite these odds.

    Pick Made: Tue 2:57 pm UTC
    Apr 09 2024, 11:40 pm UTC
    League
    Houston
    3
    @ Kansas City
    4
    +685
    13-6 in Last 19 MLB Picks
    +422
    5-1 in Last 6 MLB ML Picks
    +914
    10-2 in Last 12 KC ML Picks
    Analysis:

    The Astros have won two straight after a sluggish 2-7 start, but this is a rough spot for them. They played last night and were forced to make it a bullpen game after Framber Valdez was scratched and fill-in Blair Henley recorded just one out. The Royals had yesterday off and now send their ace to the mound in Cole Ragans, who allowed just one hit in 6.1 scoreless innings in Baltimore in his last start. Houston's bats have contributed more than three runs just three times in the last 10 games. I'd make the Royals slight favorites here.

    Pick Made: Tue 2:51 pm UTC
    Apr 09 2024, 6:10 pm UTC
    League
    Baltimore
    7
    @ Boston
    1
    Analysis:

    The Red Sox enter today as winners of six of their last seven games with a fully rested bullpen after yesterday's off day and Sunday's game featuring only one reliever (long reliever Chase Anderson). Boston should feel comfortable going to the 'pen as early as needed here, and that puts pressure on Bello to stack Ks early against an Orioles team that has struck out just 17.5% of the time vs. RHP (a rate that requires 29 batters to reach 5 Ks). While 4.5 feels low for Bello, I think the juice here should be closer to even.

    Pick Made: Tue 2:28 pm UTC
    Apr 09 2024, 4:35 pm UTC
    League
    Detroit
    5
    @ Pittsburgh
    3
    Analysis:

    Martin Perez has put together two solid starts to begin the season, but one player in today's lineup that has given him fits recently is Gio Urshela, who is 7 for 14 with two doubles against Perez over the last three years, which has contributed to a 1.167 OPS against. Urshela has also enjoyed a strong start to the season with three multihit games in his six starts. Feel free to sprinkle on a multihit game here at plus odds, but the total bases play should be safer for us in this matinee matchup.

    Pick Made: Tue 1:47 pm UTC
    Apr 08 2024, 10:40 pm UTC
    League
    Milwaukee
    8
    @ Cincinnati
    10
    +685
    13-6 in Last 19 MLB Picks
    +422
    5-1 in Last 6 MLB ML Picks
    +402
    6-2 in Last 8 CIN ML Picks
    Analysis:

    The odds peg this as a 50/50 game, but I have more faith in the home team here. Aaron Ashby, who is making his first MLB appearance since 2022 after last year was wiped out by a shoulder injury, gave up three earned runs in five innings in his first start at Triple-A this season. Graham Ashcraft had a 4.76 ERA last year but it was a tail of two halves, with the righty posting a 2.58 ERA and an OPS 100 points lower than his season mark over his final 12 starts before a solid debut this year. Play Reds F5 at a similar number if you can.

    Pick Made: Mon 4:49 pm UTC