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The Cincinnati Reds had a rough month of May, posting a 12-15 record that only looks as good as it does because they won their final two contests. They began June with a loss but have been sensational since, winning 11 of their next 13 contests -- including each of the last six. The Reds attempt to extend the streak when they visit the floundering San Diego Padres on Thursday for the opener of a four-game series. Should you expect Cincinnati to continue its superb play this month, or is there value in San Diego to break out of its 4-13 funk and bring a return on the money line?

The latest MLB odds for Thursday from William Hill Sportsbook list the Padres at -177 (risk $177 to win $100) against the Reds. Other MLB lines of note include the Milwaukee Brewers at -153 against the Colorado Rockies and the New York Yankees listed as slight money-line favorites (-111) versus the Toronto Blue Jays. Before making any MLB picks on those games or other evening matchups, you need to see the latest MLB predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model

This model, which simulates every pitch of every game 10,000 times, had a banner 2019 season, the league's last full schedule, returning more than $1,400 on its top-rated MLB picks. It's off to a sizzling start in 2021, going 89-65 on top-rated MLB money-line picks through 11 weeks, returning well over $1,200. Anyone following it has seen huge rewards.

Now, the model has crunched the numbers for Thursday's MLB schedule and posted its best bets for the evening games. Parlaying these four MLB picks will pay almost 16-1. Head to SportsLine now to see the picks

Top MLB picks for Thursday, June 17

The model likes the Houston Astros at -125 on the money line against the Chicago White Sox. Houston has won three in a row and seven of its last nine, belting at least two home runs in each of the nine contests. The Astros exploded for six in Wednesday's 8-4 triumph over Texas, with Jose Altuve and rookie Chas McCormick hitting two apiece. The outburst increased Houston's homer total this season to 89, which ranks third in the American League.

Altuve, who leads the Astros with 15 blasts, has gone deep in three of his last five at-bats and seven times over his past nine contests. Carlos Correa has been producing at the plate of late, going 6-for-11 with two doubles, a homer and three RBIs in his last three games. 

Houston is hoping right-hander Jose Urquidy (4-3, 3.77 ERA) can keep the ball in the park, as three of the four hits he allowed over seven innings at Minnesota on Friday were home runs.

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How to make MLB predictions, parlays for Thursday, June 17

The model has locked in three other MLB best bets, including two on surprising underdogs. You can see these best bets only at SportsLine.

So which MLB picks should you make on Thursday for a shot at a return of almost 16-1? And which underdog do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see Thursday's top MLB picks, all from the projection model that is off to a fast start in 2021, and find out.