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The Washington Nationals appeared to be turning things around when they began their nine-game homestand with three consecutive victories. Their fortunes quickly changed, however, as they were shut out twice while dropping five of the next six games. Despite being seven games under .500, the last-place Nationals are only six games out of first and hope to close the gap when they visit the second-place Atlanta Braves on Monday for the opener of a four-game series. The contest is part of a four-leg Memorial Day parlay from the SportsLine Projection Model that begins at 5:10 p.m. ET and would pay almost 27-1.

The latest MLB odds for Monday from WIlliam Hill Sportsbook list the Braves at -190 (risk $190 to win $100) against the Nationals. Other MLB lines of note include the New York Mets at -172 against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Boston Red Sox listed as slight money-line favorites (-111) versus the Houston Astros. Before making any MLB picks on those games or others, you need to see the MLB predictions and betting advice 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 money-line and run-line MLB picks. It is off to a fast start in 2021, going 71-52 on top-rated MLB money-line picks through nine weeks, returning over $800. Anyone following it has seen huge rewards.

Now, the model has evaluated the latest MLB lines for Monday and posted its best bets. Parlaying these four MLB picks would pay almost 27-1. Head to SportsLine to see the picks

Top MLB picks for Monday, May 31

The model likes the Kansas City Royals at -195 on the money line against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kansas City is coming off its first road series victory in over a month and has won four of its last five home contests. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh has lost 10 of 13 overall, including five of its last six on the road. The Pirates are pinning their hopes on right-hander Chad Kuhl, who hasn't pitched since April 18 due to shoulder discomfort.

The 28-year-old Kuhl (0-1, 6.32 ERA) struggled over his first four starts of 2021, surrendering 14 runs (11 earned) on 12 hits and 16 walks in just 15 2/3 innings. Kansas City counters with left-hander Mike Minor (3-2, 4.83), who has been strong of late. The 33-year-old has allowed one run and two hits in two of his last three outings, including one at Tampa Bay on Wednesday in which he matched his season high with nine strikeouts.

Featured Game | Kansas City Royals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

How to make MLB predictions, parlays for Monday, May 31

The model has locked in three other MLB best bets, including multiple must-see underdogs. You can see the best bets only at SportsLine.

So which MLB picks should you make on Monday for a shot at a big return of almost 27-1? And which surprising underdog do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see Monday's top MLB picks, all from the projection model off to a fast start in 2021, and find out.