August 8, 2023, 4:00 am
Here’s some Pick ‘Em plays our team is looking at for today’s MLB slate!
Writer’s Record: 61-49-5 (+6.5 Units)
Mitch Keller OVER 5.0 Pitcher Strikeouts
While Mitch Keller has struggled mightily since the All-Star break, his strikeout numbers have still been hanging around this total. No doubt about it, Keller has been getting shelled, but he has still lasted until at least the fifth inning in all four starts since the break. The All-Star has only made four starts where he got less than five strikeouts out of the 23 games he’s started. The only question is if he can survive the Braves’ onslaught, but he should see enough action to be around this total. His K/9 is at 9.74 and he’s averaged just over a strikeout per inning since July.
Brady Singer OVER 4.0 Pitcher Strikeouts
Brady Singer was almost solely responsible for one of the wins the Royals picked up over their seven game win streak. In that game, Singer’s most recent start, the 27-year-old righty went eight innings of three hit ball while giving up no runs. Singer only struck out four batters in that game, but his command and effectiveness were on display as they have been since June. Since then, Singer has carried a 3.48 ERA and has given up more than two runs in only four out of his 11 starts. While he is not Spencer Strider, his strikeout numbers have been respectable, buoyed by back-to-back starts in which he registered 19 total strikeouts. Those starts came right before his gem against the Mets. Singer has gotten four or more strikeouts in each of his starts since the All-Star break. The Red Sox struck out 11 times against Cole Ragans, the starter for Kansas City in Monday’s matchup.
Kutter Crawford OVER 4.5 Strikeouts
Alex Cora made the mistake last time of pulling Kutter Crawford too early. In his last start against the Mariners, Crawford was cruising but was ultimately pulled after giving up only four hits in five innings. The Mariners scored two runs in the following inning and the Red Sox eventually ended up losing their 3-0 cushion. Hopefully Cora learned his lesson and will let Crawford go a little bit longer in the game, as he hasn’t let him go over 90 pitches since June. Even if he does have a limited workload, Crawford should be able to hit this number. Since July, Kutter Crawford has struck out 31 batters in 30.1 innings.
Julio Urias OVER 17.0 Pitching Outs
Julio Urias’ last start came at home against the Oakland A’s, which was exactly what the doctor ordered for the struggling Urias. It did not require Julio to work very hard as he went five innings on only 68 pitches. Urias pitches well at Chase Field, with a 4-0 record and 1.00 ERA in six outings there throughout his career. The Diamondbacks are one of the coldest teams in the league at the moment and have scored only 11 runs in the past week, which is over six games.
Max Scherzer UNDER 8.5 Total Ks
Mad Max was made to work really hard in the first inning of his debut start with the Rangers, throwing 37 pitches. The matchup in that outing was arguably easier than the matchup he will have in Oakland. In that game he took on the White Sox, who have struck out more than the A’s have in the past week by 20 total strikeouts (in one less game). This will be Max Scherzer’s first road start with the Rangers and the A’s have shown some fight after getting swept at Dodger Stadium. His last start against the White Sox was the first time Scherzer registered over 8.5 strikeouts since July 4th.
Christian Walker UNDER 1.5 Total Hits + Runs
The Diamondbacks inability to put runs on the board lately means that it’ll be that much more difficult to cash in on an opportunity for Walker. He did homer in their last game, but before that, Walker had gone seven straight games without going over 1.5 hits + runs + RBIs. Nobody could hit him in and he had no one to hit in. If he doesn’t hit a home run, it doesn’t seem as though there will be very much help for Walker to go over this number. Urias’ career success against the Diamondbacks could forebode another cold night for a team that was once a threat to make the playoffs, but now is struggling to hang around at .500.