Michael Rusk

The Prodigy

Don?t let his age fool you, 24-year-old Michael Rusk is no stranger to the industry. Finishing his first novel, ?Why Vegas Never Closes,? Michael built his name by exploiting flaws in public betting. With his economics and statistics background, Michael uses multiple algorithms pooling with recency bias to produce profitable picks. Sharp action, regression, fading the public and closing line value are all things he considers before finalizing his card. In the 2017 MLB season he was up 30.36 units ($3,036 for a $100 bettor), and he's crushing books on the hardwood with that same approach. For Michael Rusk media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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Tampa Bay @ Baltimore
Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs

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Minnesota 3 @ N.Y. Yankees 4
4/26
MIN 3 @ NYY 4
4/26
WIN
YESTERDAY 11:21 AM

Regression Alert! Yankees are leading the league by nearly five percent in Overs percentage. They happen to be facing the Twins, who have cashed their Over five games in a row. Home-plate umpire D.J. Reyburn?s generous strike zone will play a large role in keeping this total below the double-digit mark. Fading the public and taking the Under Thursday afternoon is the tough, but smart play.

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Philadelphia -125PHI -125

Arizona 8 @ Philadelphia 2
4/26
ARI 8 @ PHI 2
4/26
LOSS
YESTERDAY 11:20 AM

A very under-the-radar pitching mismatch Thursday afternoon. Filling in for traditional back-end rotational starter Taijuan Walker, Matt Koch gets his fourth start of his three-year MLB career for the Diamondbacks. Vegas doesn?t have much of a sample size to gauge this relief pitcher other than his performance last Friday vs. the 9-17 Padres. That's a main reason why the Phillies are barely a favorite at home. Helping the Phillies out is home plate umpire John Tumpane who owns a lifetime home record of 101-61 calling games. Ranking top 10 in the league in runs per game and opposing runs per games, I have no problem backing a red-hot Phillies squad.

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Minnesota +160MIN +160

Minnesota 4 @ N.Y. Yankees 7
4/25
MIN 4 @ NYY 7
4/25
LOSS
Wed 4/25

This line doesn't make much sense, other than the Yankees are completely overvalued and a public darling on a daily basis. Starter Sonny Gray has struggled against the Twins, losing his last three starts by a combined 17 runs. On the other hand, Lance Lynn has faced the Yankees once and pitched a near-spotless complete game. Minnesota is the value play Wednesday.

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Cleveland -128CLE -128

Chi. Cubs 1 @ Cleveland 4
4/25
CHC 1 @ CLE 4
4/25
WIN
Wed 4/25

The Indians historically are a phenomenal bounce-back team after a loss. Last year, they were among the league leaders in this category and, after getting blown out Tuesday, I look for manager Terry Francona to continue this trend. Lance Barksdale is umping this contest, and he has a 250-164 money-line record on home teams. This is reasonable price with Trevor Bauer (2.67 ERA) on the mound for the Indians. He has given up a modest five runs in his past three starts against the Cubs.

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UNDER 10UNDER 10

Oakland 3 @ Texas 2
4/25
OAK 3 @ TEX 2
4/25
WIN
Tue 4/24

With both clubs hitting Overs in 13 out of the past 18 games, oddsmakers have no choice than to bump this total. Cole Hamels and Andrew Triggs have both pitched gems in their last two starts, giving up only five runs combined in 19 innings. What most public bettors don?t notice is home-plate umpire Victor Carapazza having a lifetime Over record of 120-90. His tight strike zone has helped Overs cash and, with two solid pitchers on the mound, I can?t see this total reaching double digits

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