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Jeff Hochman
Jeff Hochman
West Coast Wiseguy
Jeff Hochman burst onto the sports betting scene in the 1990s. Today he's one of the nation's most respected handicappers. "This is not a hobby of mine," Hochman says. "It's my business and I take it very seriously." The selective Hochman dominates multiple sports -- he went 14-6 (plus $740) in the 2021 college football season, for example -- but is perhaps best known for his NHL acumen. Over the past seven years, Hochman has hit over 60 percent of his NHL plays while returning healthy profits to those following him. For Jeff Hochman media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.
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MLB | Milwaukee 3 @ St. Louis 6 | 08/14 | 6:15 PM UTC

St. Louis -150

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Cardinals are ranked No. 3 in the majors in OPS (.785) against left-handed starters. Milwaukee's Aaron Ashby hasn't pitched in eight days, while St. Louis' Miles Mikolas is coming off the worst performance of his career at Colorado. The Brewers have a date with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. Take the Cardinals at home in this one.

MLB | N.Y. Yankees 2 @ Boston 3 | 08/12 | 11:10 PM UTC

OVER 9

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Both teams have had lots of success against the opposing starter. Domingo German is allowing a 45.9% hard-hit rate, while Nathan Eovaldi's is allowing a 46.3%. German's ERA is 5.68 on the road, while Eovaldi's home ERA is 6.56 this season. Fenway Park ranks No. 5 in runs scored and No. 4 in home runs allowed. Finally, the Over is 3-1 when the total is set at 9 when these teams meet this season.

MLB | Atlanta 2 @ N.Y. Mets 5 | 08/07 | 8:10 PM UTC

Atlanta +122

LOSS

ANALYSIS: New York RHP Jacob deGrom will be on a strict pitch count in his second start of the year. Atlanta RHP Spencer Strider's FIP is almost a full run lower than his 3.30 ERA. His fastball-slider combo has been excellent, leading to eight strikeouts per game. Take the underdog Braves.

+415 5-1 IN LAST 6 ATL ML PICKS

MLB | L.A. Dodgers 5 @ San Francisco 3 | 08/04 | 7:45 PM UTC

San Francisco +1.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The Giants have lost seven straight to the Dodgers after getting shut out on Wednesday. Clayton Kershaw, however, is just 2-5 in his last seven starts against the Giants. The Dodgers might be looking ahead to Friday's game against the Padres. SF faces a lefty for the second straight game, and the Giants are ranked No. 6 in OPS vs. left-handed starters. An early day game after a night game tends to be lower scoring. I like the home team getting 1.5 runs at +100.

MLB | Cleveland 4 @ Tampa Bay 1 | 07/29 | 11:10 PM UTC

Tampa Bay -115

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Would you believe the Cleveland Guardians haven't faced a left-handed starter over the last 22 games (July 3rd)? It's true. The Guardians are ranked No. 29 in OPS (.613) against southpaws this season. Shane Bieber has a .303 BABIP (Batting Average on balls in play), while allowing a 43% hard-hit rate. Jeffrey Springs allows a 32.8% hard-hit rate and has three above-average pitches. Fastball (92.1 MPH) 48.6% of the time, change-up (81.4) 29% of the time and a slider (83.7) 22.1% of the time. The Rays are 9-1 in the last 10 meetings and 23-11 when the total is seven or less. Take the home team.