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John Bollman
John Bollman
The Executive
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 | Arizona 1 @ San Francisco 2 | 08/17 | 1:45 AM UTC

Arizona +110

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ANALYSIS: Jacob Junis has been very hit or miss this season and he doesn’t get deep into games. Merrill Kelly has a quality start in 7 of his last 8 starts including 3 quality starts against the Giants all in July. The Giants have the 2nd worst bullpen ERA since the All-Star break so that’s a problem, while the Dbacks are ranked 7th. The Dbacks are terrible on the road at 21-33 and 3-7 since the ASB, but the Giants have been beating teams like the As and Pirates.

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+1241 62-46 IN LAST 108 SF ML PICKS

MLB | Baltimore 4 @ Toronto 2 | 08/16 | 11:07 PM UTC

OVER 8.5

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ANALYSIS: Dean Kremer has struggled a lot lately, and Alek Manoah allowed 3 ER in just 5 innings last outing against the Os. If it aint broke, don’t fix it. The over has hit in 13 straight games between these teams now. Both George Springer and Ryan Mountcastle were back last night and made huge impacts. Im riding this over while its hot.

MLB | Houston 3 @ Chi. White Sox 4 | 08/17 | 12:10 AM UTC

Houston -125

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ANALYSIS: Luis Robert is out of the lineup for the White Sox again while Jose Altuve and Jeremy Pena are both back in for the Astros. Rafael Montero has allowed runs in three straight outings as the Astros set up man but he should be unavailable tonight. Dylan Cease has allowed 1 ER or fewer in 14 straight starts and while I don’t think he gets rocked tonight, I do think that streak will end. Liam Hendriks is most likely unavailable after pitching three of the last four nights. I like the Astros on the road.

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+334 43-37 IN LAST 80 CHW ML PICKS
+1278 35-18 IN LAST 53 HOU ML PICKS

MLB | Colorado 4 @ St. Louis 5 | 08/16 | 11:45 PM UTC

St. Louis -1.5

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ANALYSIS: These two teams faced off in Colorado about a week ago with the Rockies winning two of the three games in the series. However, these games are in St. Louis and the Rockies have lost 13 of their last 14 games in St. Louis. The Cardinals are 13-7 since the All-Star break but they are 8-1 at home in that time. The Rockies are 8-16 since the ASB but they are 3-9 on the road. Kyle Freeland was hit hard in his last start against the Cardinals, and he has been very hit or miss all season. Jose Quintana has made two quality starts since coming to the Cardinals including one against the Rockies in Colorado. The Cards have the best wOBA in the league against lefties since the All-Star break. I like the Cards at home at +100 on the run line.

MLB | N.Y. Mets 0 @ Atlanta 5 | 08/16 | 11:20 PM UTC

Atlanta -155

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ANALYSIS: I thought the Braves would come out with revenge on their minds yesterday and that’s exactly what they did. Travis D’arnaud also returned to the lineup and that was big for the Braves. Charlie Morton has been extremely hit or miss this season and he actually hasn’t had much success against the Mets. However, Taijuan Walker is starting for the Mets and he has actually been hit hard lately and he allowed 8 ER in 1 IP against the Braves two starts ago in his only time facing them this season. The Braves are 7-2 at home since the All-Star break and the Mets bullpen is ranked just 19th since the ASB while the Braves are ranked 13th.

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+2177 45-24 IN LAST 69 NYM ML PICKS