Kenny White

Wizard of Odds

Kenny White learned the bookmaking business on his father's knee. By age 24 he was running a sportsbook and at 26 he was setting lines for Vegas' biggest casinos. A two-time winner of the prestigious Stardust Football Invitational, the originator of Player Power Ratings and the former head of the powerful Las Vegas Sports Consultants, Kenny arrived to Sportsline armed with new algorithms, ready to exploit mistakes in the betting line. He debuted with SportsLine in February 2017 and promptly went 51-33-2 (61 percent) on college hoops. He's destroying the books again in 2018. For Kenny White media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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Arizona -120ARI -120

Washington 6 @ Arizona 4
5/14
WAS 6 @ ARI 4
5/14
LOSS
Sun 5/13

I'm a big fan of Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Godley. The 28-year-old righty has one of the best curveballs in baseball to go with an above average cutter. Godley has been unlucky with batters hitting .328 putting balls in play. Last year, batters hit just .211 and this year, they are hitting mid-.260s but their OPS is close to last year's just above .700. The Nationals' Jeremy Hellickson has been a below average pitcher his entire career but has been very lucky this season. The only category he has control of is his control, which is the best of his career. BABip is very low, LOB percentage is high and HRs-to-flyballs is very low. These three categories will turn around, and Hellickson will end up with an ERA around 4.00. My numbers have Godley as a -160 favorite.

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Atlanta -136ATL -136

Atlanta 4 @ Miami 3
5/13
ATL 4 @ MIA 3
5/13
WIN
Sun 5/13

Atlanta's Sean Newcomb in baseball lingo is a "big donkey," which is a huge compliment. Newcomb is a 6-foot-5, 255-pound lefty with an above average fastball and curveball. His changeup is a work in progress but is so close to above average. Miami's Jose Urena is 0-5 and the Marlins are 0-8 in his eight starts. Urena, at this point in his career, is a slightly below average pitcher. For the season, the Braves rank fourth in runs scored and the Marlins dead last. Take the Braves at a cheap price.

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Boston 5 @ Toronto 2
5/12
BOS 5 @ TOR 2
5/12
LOSS
Sat 5/12

David Price has been dealing with a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome and a 5.11 ERA, and that's after starting the season with 14 scoreless innings. So over the last 23 innings, Price has allowed 21 runs. The Blue Jays' Marco Estrada has been up and down so far this season; however, he has had more bad outings than good ones. Estrada has been 30 cents below average at home. In two starts, he has allowed eight runs in 12 innings. We know about the bats in both lineups. Toronto is averaging 4.6 runs per game against lefties, and Boston is averaging six runs a game versus righties.

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Cincinnati +163CIN +163

Cincinnati 5 @ L.A. Dodgers 3
5/13
CIN 5 @ LAD 3
5/13
WIN
Sat 5/12

There is nothing to like about the Reds, who are 11-27, but 4-6 in their last 10. Homer Bailey has been an average big-league pitcher, but so has Dodgers righty Ross Stripling. Over the last seven games, the Reds are scoring four runs per game compared to the Dodgers' 3.6.

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Pittsburgh -145PIT -145

San Francisco 5 @ Pittsburgh 6
5/12
SF 5 @ PIT 6
5/12
WIN
Sat 5/12

The Pirates' 25-year-old righty Chad Kuhl has always had the overpowering fastball, but now he has so much confidence in his curveball and change-up. Being able to throw his off-speed stuff in hitter's counts has made him so much more effective. All three of Kuhl's home starts have been above average. Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija is now a 33-year-old average pitcher. He has a career 69-89 record and in his four 2018 starts has allowed 13 walks in 17.2 innings. I'm also taking the Pirates in the first five innings.

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