MLB Picks and Predictions for 8/23/21 Free MLB Picks

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Monday, August 23rd, 2021

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We have a small yet interesting schedule in the MLB for Monday, August 23rd, 2021. With seven games on the docket, let's take a look at the odds of each game and make some picks as well. 

Texas Rangers +260 Boston Red Sox -320 Total: 10

I do not love the price but I will lay the run line with the Red Sox in this one. Boston is now 2.5 games behind the Yankees and 4.5 games behind the Rays in the AL East. Games against the Rangers have to be taken advantage of, and I think the Red Sox do just that on Monday. 

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Pick: Boston Red Sox -1.5

Arizona Diamondbacks -105 Pittsburgh Pirates -115 Total: 8.5

This should be a very entertaining series between two exciting teams! Maybe not, but I still like the Pirates at home here as the Diamondbacks have to travel from Colorado to Pittsburgh overnight, which is never easy. The Pirates' Wil Crowe does enough for the Buckos to earn the W. 

Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -115

Chicago White Sox -112 Toronto Blue Jays -108 Total: 9

Now, this should be a great series and it starts with a nice pitching matchup between Lance Lynn of the White Sox and Alek Manoah of the Jays. I will take the home team in the Blue Jays as the White Sox do not travel well and I expect the young Manoah to have a strong bounce-back start. 

Pick: Toronto Blue Jays -108

New York Yankees +130 Atlanta Braves -150 Total: 9

I expect plenty of runs to be scored between two hot lineups in Atlanta on Monday. We have two teams that are scorching hot in the win column, and this should be yet another entertaining series. I expect the Braves to hit the Yankees' Montgomery hard, and the Yankees to return the favor to the Braves' Ynoa. 

Pick: Over 9

Colorado Rockies +110 Chicago Cubs -130 Total: TBA

The Cubs' Kyle Hendricks may not be having an outstanding year, but he is 14-5 on a team that is 18 games under .500. I know pitcher's records do not mean virtually anything, but it seems Hendricks keeps his team in ballgames and I think he does just that on Monday. 

Pick: Chicago Cubs -130

Kansas City Royals +190 Houston Astros -235 Total: 9

The Royals were a thorn in the Astros' sides a few series ago and I think they make this game competitive on Monday. The way the Astros are playing and hitting, however, I think the better play is to take the over. Expect both teams to do damage with the sticks here. 

Pick: Over 9

Seattle Mariners -110 Oakland Athletics -110 Total: 8.5

Another important series for two teams that are battling for playoff spots in the American League. I give the edge to the road team in the Mariners, as Seattle's Marco Gonzales has pitched really well as of late and has allowed a combined two runs in his last four outings.

Pick: Seattle Mariners -110

 

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