September 22, 2023, 3:04 pm
Here’s some Pick ‘Em plays our team is looking at for today’s MLB slate!
Writer’s Record: 103-80-11 (+10.25 Units)
Cole Ragans OVER 5.5 Pitcher Strikeouts
Since arriving in Kansas City, Cole Ragans has turned heads on the mound. Going back to August, only Freddy Peralta has more total strikeouts. That puts Ragans ahead of Spencer Strider and Blake Snell, the two NL Cy Young favorites, by two strikeouts in the same number of starts since then. Ragans is averaging 7.6 Ks/game since August 1st and has eclipsed 5.5 strikeouts in six straight starts. His last start came against this same Astros team less than a week ago and in that start, Ragans struck out seven batters over 100 pitches.
Patrick Corbin OVER 6.0 Hits Allowed
Patrick Corbin has put together two quality starts in a row, but tonight, the Braves will be waiting to face the veteran lefty. The Braves have the highest batting average against left-handed pitching this season at .288 and the highest SLG percentage against lefties at a whopping .524. Corbin has allowed 199 hits in 171 innings this year, which is good for the sixth worst H/9 among pitchers with over 100 innings.
Brandon Pfaadt OVER 5.5 Strikeouts
Even though rookie Brandon Pfaadt has had an inconsistent year, this anemic Yankees offense should make things easy on the 24-year-old. Over the past 30 days, the Yankees lead the league in total strikeouts. That puts them ahead of even the Twins, who are on pace to set the single season strikeout record. They also have the lowest batting average over the past 30 days at .209. The Diamondbacks have been solidifying their wild card spot, winning five straight over teams in direct competition with them. The young right-hander was excellent in his last appearance, striking out six against the Cubs.
Bryce Miller OVER 5.0 Hits Allowed
This is an absolutely massive spot for the rookie Bryce Miller in the leadoff game of this series. These two teams are neck and neck in their division standings and in the wild card standings. One of these teams is probably going to miss out on the postseason and this being the first game of this series, in Texas, I expect the Rangers to get to the 25-year-old who grew up a few hours down the road from Arlington. Miller has already made a start in Texas and in that game he allowed seven runs, eight hits and didn’t make it past the third inning. This Rangers lineup might be getting healthy at the right time and that spells danger for their division rivals.