GRAND SLAM PICK 'EM $25K JACKPOT: July 20 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 Chicago (CHC) Home Runs vs. St. Louis

0, 1, 2 or 3+ Home Runs?

Johan Oviedo gets the nod for St. Louis, and he has struggled to go 5.0 innings lately, only reaching once in his previous four starts.

The RHP has allowed one home run in four of his past six starts, so at least one is warranted here versus him, and I will go with another off the bullpen.

Pick: Chicago 2 Home Runs

#2 St. Louis Home Runs vs. Chicago (CHC)

0, 1, 2 or 3+ Home Runs?

Trevor Williams is on the mound for Chicago, and he has had a down year, to say the least. He has surrendered at least one home run in six of his past eight starts, and the St. Louis hitters have 138 plate appearances versus him. Load up on homers.

Pick: St. Louis 3 Home Runs

#3 Philadelphia Singles & Doubles vs. New York (NYY)

0-3, 4, 5, 6-7 or 8+ Singles? 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4+ Doubles?

Domingo German will start for New York, and he has not fared well against Philadelphia. Over the last seven starts, German has not reached 5.0 innings, so chances are Philadelphia will get to him early for a second time this season.

Pick: Philadelphia 8+ Singles and 2 Doubles

#4 Chicago (CHW) Singles & Doubles vs. Minnesota

0-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 or 9+ Singles? 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4+ Doubles?

Chicago is not swinging the bat well lately, hitting .207 in the last five games, but a matchup with Bailey Ober could solve that. The rookie pitcher has a 5.46 ERA and will meet Chicago for the fourth time. Ober surrendered 11 hits and nine earned runs in those three starts.

Pick: Chicago 5-6 Singles and 2 Doubles

#5 Philadelphia Strikeouts & Earned Runs vs. New York (NYY)

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

Aaron Nola is on the mound, and for his career versus New York, he has served up strikes left and right. In two starts, he has 21 Ks versus New York, including nine earlier in this season.

I will go with 12+ strikeouts and a few earned runs as the humid weather could allow a ball or two to leave the yard.

Pick: Philadelphia 12+ Strikeouts and 3 Earned Runs

#6 Chicago (CWS) Strikeouts & Earned Runs vs. Minnesota

0-6 7, 8, 9-10, 11, 12 or 13+ Strikeouts? 0, 1, 2, 3, 4-5 or 6+ Earned Runs?

Dallas Keuchel takes the mound for Chicago and he's allowed six or more hits in four straight and five of the last six. He has not gone Over five strikeouts in that span and I doubt he gets many today against Minnesota.

Keuchel has seven combined strikeouts in two starts versus Minnesota, so I will back 0-6 Ks and roll with 7+ earned runs as he just allowed seven to Detroit two starts ago.

Pick: Chicago 0-6 Strikeouts and 7+ Earned Runs