John Bollman
John Bollman
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John Bollman enjoyed a monster 2021 MLB season: He went 380-309-1, returning $3,855 to $100 bettors and finishing as SportsLine's No. 1 expert. John also dominated the 2022 college baseball season, going 126-102 (plus 19.2 units). He combines MLB front-office experience with a deep statistical background. In 2018 Bollman, who has a master's degree in biostatistics, worked in the Toronto Blue Jays' analytics department, focusing on high-performance sports science and player development. He is known for his ability to quantify the unquantifiable. For John Bollman media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.
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MLB | Baltimore 10 @ Tampa Bay 3 | 08/12 | 11:10 PM UTC

Baltimore +130


ANALYSIS: The Orioles are 8-8 against the Rays this season but they are just 1-5 in Tampa. They also have only played one series in Tampa since May so only one series while they’ve been good. Austin Voth has faced the Rays three times this season and pitched well all three times. Corey Kluber has already faced the Os five times and he was hit hard each of the last two times so they’ve definitely seen him. The Os are ranked 9th in wOBA since the All Star break against righties while the Rays are ranked 22nd. The Os bullpen is ranked fourth while the Rays bullpen is ranked 13th. The Orioles are also the fourth best team in the league in the past two months at 33-18 and 15-10 on the road. This game should be much closer to 50-50. The Orioles are also calling up one of their top prospects, DL Hall, to start tomorrow's game so there could also be a bit of an energy boost.

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+719 34-25 IN LAST 59 BAL ML PICKS

MLB | Arizona 3 @ Colorado 5 | 08/13 | 12:40 AM UTC

Colorado -125


ANALYSIS: Antonio Senzatela has ben pitching much better lately and that includes a seven-inning outing allowing just two earned runs in his last start. He has terrible numbers at home but I think he should be fine today. Zach Davies has pitched 11 scoreless innings against the Rockies this season, but both those games were at home. The Rockies bats have been on fire lately and they are much better at 32-28 at home while the Diamondbacks are much worse on the road at 19-31. The Rockies are ranked 5th in wOBA since the All-Star break against righties. The Dbacks are 10-3 at home since the All-Star break but they are 1-5 on the road. I think the Rockies are able to outslug the Dbacks tonight for the win.

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+883 33-21 IN LAST 54 COL ML PICKS

MLB | Milwaukee 1 @ St. Louis 3 | 08/13 | 12:15 AM UTC

St. Louis -170


ANALYSIS: Jordan Montgomery pitched extremely well in his Cardinals debut against his old team allowing just two hits in five innings. He will also go up against a Brewers team that is ranked 19th in the league in wOBA against lefties since the All Star break. Eric Lauer has pitched well lately but he was hit hard by the Cardinals last time he faced them and the Cardinals are ranked first in the league in wOBA against lefties since the All Star break. The Cardinals bullpen worries me ranked 27th since the break but the Brewers hasn’t been much better ranked 22nd since the break. The Cardinals are 11-6 since the break and 6-0 at home while the Brewers are 10-7 since the break but 2-4 on the road. The Cards are also 35-20 at home this season while the Brewers are just 31-28 on the road. I like the Cards at home.

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+2487 60-33 IN LAST 93 STL ML PICKS

MLB | Atlanta 4 @ Miami 3 | 08/12 | 10:40 PM UTC

Atlanta -140


ANALYSIS: This will be Jake Odorizzi’s second start with the Braves and he was decent in his first start but he also had to face the Mets lineup. Pablo Lopez has been struggling a lot lately but he hasn’t faced the Braves yet this season. The Marlins are 7-13 since the All Star break and that includes 1-6 at home. The Marlins are still missing tons of key players and their bullpen is worked with Tanner Scott, their closer, throwing 39 pitches yesterday. Take the Braves on the road.

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+1916 49-27 IN LAST 76 ATL ML PICKS
+1966 61-34 IN LAST 95 MIA ML PICKS

MLB | Seattle 6 @ Texas 2 | 08/13 | 12:05 AM UTC

Seattle -165


ANALYSIS: Josh Sborz will be the opener for the Rangers in a bullpen game for them. Taylor Hearn could end up pitching bulk relief but he has really struggled this season. The Rangers bullpen is also ranked 18th in the league in the past 30 days. George Kirby has already pitched well against the Rangers twice this season and he hasn’t allowed more than two runs in his last five starts. The Mariners have absolutely dominated the Rangers this season going 11-2 against them including 6-1 on the road. I like the Mariners on the road.

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+1631 63-43 IN LAST 106 SEA ML PICKS
+1228 26-11 IN LAST 37 TEX ML PICKS