September 8, 2023, 3:39 pm
Here’s some Pick ‘Em plays our team is looking at for today’s MLB slate!
Writer’s Record: 92-69-8 (+9.25 Units)
Dallas Keuchel UNDER 3.0 Pitcher Strikeouts
Picked up off the scrap heap by the Twins a month ago, Dallas Keuchel has made five starts for the AL Central leaders. His highest strikeout tally in any of those starts was three. There’s a chance he hits three, but very little chance he goes above that. Keuchel only lasted 3.1 innings in his last start, which came against the Rangers. He gave up five hits and five runs in that truncated appearance. The Mets’ offense has been much improved of late and over the past week of games, they have struck out the second fewest amount of times among all clubs. Keuchel has only gone over 80 pitches in one start since he was signed by Minnesota.
Kodai Senga OVER 7.0 Pitcher Strikeouts
This is the highest strikeout number on the board in today’s games, but that is with good reason. Senga has been unbelievable lately and he has propelled himself into Cy Young consideration. The Twins comfortably lead the league in total strikeouts and have done so over the course of the entire year. Senga is 5th in K/9 at 11.05 and his strikeout percentage is hovering around 30, which is good for top 10 among starters. Senga has struck out 22 batters combined over his last two starts.
Taj Bradley OVER 5.5 Strikeouts
The 22-year-old Taj Bradley was just recalled after more than a month out of the Rays’ rotation and put up seven strikeouts against the Guardians, the team with the second fewest amount of strikeouts this year. Even Tyler Glasnow could only get six against Cleveland in his start that series. Bradley was struggling mightily before being sent down in July, but it is a great sign for Rays fans and Bradley bettors that he came out and was allowed to go five innings on nearly 90 pitches. The Mariners rank second in total strikeouts this season.
Bryce Elder UNDER 4.5 Strikeouts
Bryce Elder was incredibly fortunate to get to even four strikeouts against the Dodgers. The home plate umpire gifted Elder one against Mookie Betts in a huge spot with the bases loaded. Somehow, Elder survived that start with a decent final line despite barely being able to find the strike zone in the early innings. Since July, Elder has only had one start out of 11 where he eclipsed 4.5 strikeouts. That start came against this same Pirates team at PNC Park, but given his inconsistent performances of late, I will be on the under side of the line tonight.
Mitch Keller OVER 4.5 Total Ks
Keller made a start in the series against the Braves in Pittsburgh and he did not have his best game. He could never really get it going in that game and gave up nine hits and only got four strikeouts. The good news is that he was given the opportunity to work out of it despite him clearly not having it. He has been much better since then and his strikeout numbers have rebounded as he has averaged 8.25 strikeouts in the four starts he’s made since that game against the Braves.
Trea Turner OVER 0.5 Total Runs
Trea Turner might have been the hottest hitter in the league before he stepped away for the birth of his child. This will be his first game back in the lineup and it should be a good one with Eury Perez on the mound for the Marlins. The Phillies will return home after a trip to the west coast. In their last home stand, the Phillies went 7-3 with multiple double digit scoring efforts. Turner scored 12 runs over that 10 game stretch and he did not slow down on their road trip. In those games, Turner scored five runs in the four games he played.