Michael Rusk

The Prodigy

Don?t let his age fool you, 24-year-old Michael Rusk is no stranger to the industry. He 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 very selective card. For Michael Rusk media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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Atlanta -109 ATL -109

Atlanta 5 @ San Diego 3
7/13
ATL 5 @ SD 3
7/13
WIN
Fri 7/12

Let?s break this down. The Braves come into this game, ranking fifth in the majors in runs per game (5.40), while the Padres are bottom 10 in almost every hitting and pitching category. San Diego turns to Dinelson Lamet, who makes his second start of the season after returning from Tommy John surgery. I like this Braves lineup to rough him up early on. I'll rely on veteran Dallas Keuchel to pick up the win against a Padres team that he has dominated, albeit in just two starts. This game at roughly even money is a steal. Take the Braves.

12-6 IN LAST 18 SD ML PICKS | +564

11-6 IN LAST 17 ATL ML PICKS | +445

Houston -214 HOU -214

Houston 8 @ Texas 9
7/13
HOU 8 @ TEX 9
7/13
LOSS
Fri 7/12

The pitching matchup is a huge mismatch Friday night. We have the Astros' Gerrit Cole, who in May was a -300 favorite against the same Rangers team. The Astros won that ball game, 11-4, and Cole dominated on the bump, striking out 12 in just 6.0 innings. Jesse Chavez started this season as a reliever but has been forced into a starters role. In his last non-opener start against the Astros, he gave up a quick six runs in 3.2 innings. I don?t expect this game to be close. The Astros take this one.

9-6 IN LAST 15 TEX ML PICKS | +147

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