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John Bollman
John Bollman
The Executive
John Bollman 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. In addition to his elite baseball mind, John’s expertise encompasses the NHL and NFL. He is known for his ability to quantify the unquantifiable. For John Bollman media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.
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Miami 3 @ L.A. Dodgers 2 | 05/16 | 8:10 PM UTC

L.A. Dodgers -153

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The Dodgers are on fire right now, and they finally seem to be scoring. They are going with a bullpen day today with Jimmy Nelson making the start. Pablo Lopez is 0-3 with a 3.07 ERA but he is coming off an outing where he allowed six runs in 4.1 innings. He has been much worse on the road this season and the Marlins bats haven’t been helping much. Take the value in the Dodgers at home.

+938 49-33 IN LAST 82 MLB ML PICKS
+662 12-4 IN LAST 16 MIA ML PICKS

N.Y. Islanders 4 @ Pittsburgh 3 | 05/16 | 4:00 PM UTC

Pittsburgh -135

LOSS

ANALYSIS: During the regular season these teams were both very good at home but just average on the road. I expect that trend to continue today with an Islanders team that struggled down the stretch. The Penguins won six of eight games against the Islanders this season and they won all four games at home. Tristan Jarry is hot right now, while Semyon Varlamov has been iffy down the stretch. Take the Penguins at home to open up this series.

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+383 11-6 IN LAST 17 NYI ML PICKS
+195 6-3 IN LAST 9 PIT ML PICKS

St. Louis 3 @ San Diego 13 | 05/16 | 12:40 AM UTC

St. Louis +120

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The Cardinals walked 12 batters yesterday, yet somehow still only lost by one with only five runs scoring. The Padres are still without top players in Fernando Tatis Jr., Will Myers, and Eric Hosmer. Chris Paddack is 1-3 with a 4.78 ERA this season and he has yet to pitch six innings in a game this season. Adam Wainwright is 2-3 with a 3.80 ERA but he has gone at least seven innings allowing two runs or less in three of his last four starts. The Cards are second in the league with 11 road wins this season and they shouldn’t walk that many batters with Wainwright starting. Take the value in the Cards.

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+345 6-3 IN LAST 9 STL ML PICKS

Boston 2 @ Washington 3 | 05/15 | 11:15 PM UTC

Washington +110

WIN

ANALYSIS: With how this line looks for Game 1 and they way the public is betting, there is going to be a lot of value on the Capitals this series. Alex Ovechkin returned for the Caps in their last game of the season with no limitations, John Carlson is expected to play, and TJ Oshie has been practicing and could return tonight. The Bruins played well down the stretch but the Caps actually played better going 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. And for the Rask is a massive advantage crowd, Tuuka Rask is 4-11-7 with a 3.03 GAA in his career against the Caps. I just don’t see how you can’t take the value in the home, higher-seeded underdog here, and I have a feeling the value will be on this side all series.

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+810 11-2 IN LAST 13 WAS ML PICKS
+410 4-0 IN LAST 4 BOS ML PICKS

Kansas City 5 @ Chi. White Sox 1 | 05/15 | 11:10 PM UTC

Chi. White Sox -180

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Mike Minor is 2-2 with a 5.75 ERA this season and he has yet to pitch a quality start. He recently allowed five runs in five innings against the White Sox. The White Sox have their best pitcher this season in Carlos Rodon pitching, he is 5-0 with a 0.58 ERA this season. Rodon is coming off six scoreless innings against the Royals and the White Sox are the best team in the league at hitting lefties with a .896 OPS and .312 batting average. This is an expensive price, but the White Sox should be at least -200 here.

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+145 3-1 IN LAST 4 KC ML PICKS
+120 3-1 IN LAST 4 CHW ML PICKS