GRAND SLAM PICK 'EM $25K JACKPOT: AUG 21st MLB

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To help you out, here are the six questions for Saturday's MLB games, along with my breakdown and picks.

#1 KANSAS CITY HOME RUNS VS. CHICAGO (CHC)

0, 1, 2 or 3+ Home Runs?

Both of these teams can put up runs but have not been able to win many games lately. Kansas City has scored eight more runs than Chicago in the past week with three more homers than Chicago. I expect those numbers to be separated here.

Pick: Kansas City 1 Home Run

#2 CHICAGO (CHC) HOME RUNS VS. KANSAS CITY

0, 1, 2 or 3+ Home Runs?

Chicago had six homers in the past six game and with the pitching matchup being atrocious, I expect plenty of runs. Chicago and Kansas City is a pretty even matchup if Chicago can strikeout less.

Pick: Chicago 1 Home Run

#3 SAN FRANCISCO SINGLES & DOUBLES VS. OAKLAND

0-2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7+ Singles? 0, 1, 2 ,3 or 4+ Doubles?

San Francisco has five doubles in the last six games (last) over 47 hits total (22nd). They have been hot, winning nine of the past 10 games entering this one. I expect the winning ways to continue and San Francisco to put the bat on the ball often in this matchup.

Pick: San Francisco 7+ Singles & 2 Doubles

#4 OAKLAND SINGLES & DOUBLES VS. SAN FRANCISCO

0-2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7+ Singles? 0, 1, 2 ,3 or 4+ Doubles?

Kevin Gausman is on the mound versus Oakland, and if that means anything, probably fewer hits and runs. That is how I will play it as Gausman holds a 1.55 ERA and .184 OBA on the road.

Pick: Oakland 3 Singles & 1 Double

#5 SEATTLE STRIKEOUTS & EARNED RUNS VS. HOUSTON

0-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10 or 11+ Strikeouts? 0-1, 2 , 3, 4, 5, 6-7 or 8+ Earned Runs?

Logan Gilbert and Jake Odorizzi take the mound for what should be a game filled with runs. Both teams have been strikeout-worthy lately, but with the way both squads can hit off one another, I like higher totals for both here and #6.

Pick: Seattle 6-7 Strikeouts & 3 Earned Runs

#6 HOUSTON STRIKEOUTS & EARNED RUNS VS. SEATTLE

0-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10, 11 or 12+ Strikeouts? 0-1, 2 , 3-4, 5-6 or 7+ Earned Runs?

Houston is fighting for the best playoff seeding possible, and as the AL favorites, I like them to get a win here, meaning more earned runs than #5. I will roll with a blowout in this matchup and at least six strikeouts for each team.

Pick: Houston 8-9 Strikeouts & 7+ Earned Runs