Swing for the Fences: August 9 MLB DFS Top Picks and Plays – Build Your Champion Lineup
Step Up to the Plate: Your Daily Fantasy Sports Breakdown
Alright sports junkies, it's time to dive into the madness of today's baseball games. We've got a whopping 15 games on the docket today, with the first pitch being thrown at 12:35 PM EST. The Marlins and Reds are kicking things off at the Great American Ball Park. Let's get into it.
The Heat is On: Today's Top DFS Batters
- Leading the pack is Ronald Acuna Jr., who's been on fire with 19 hits in his last 48 at-bats, an average of 0.396, 3 HRs, and 10 RBIs. He's facing off against Mitch Keller today, who's got a 4.39 ERA.
- Freddie Freeman is another hot hitter to watch, with 24 hits in his last 54 at-bats, an average of 0.444, 3 HRs, and 11 RBIs. He'll be up against Merrill Kelly, who's got a 3.38 ERA.
- Bobby Witt Jr. is also making waves with 19 hits in his last 51 at-bats, an average of 0.373, 4 HRs, and 17 RBIs. He'll be facing Nick Pivetta, who's got a 4.19 ERA.
- Don't sleep on Matt Olson, who's got 17 hits in his last 45 at-bats, an average of 0.378, 7 HRs, and 20 RBIs. He's up against Mitch Keller as well.
Pitch Perfect: Today's Top DFS Pitchers
- Max Scherzer is a force to be reckoned with, boasting an ERA of 3.73, 129 KOs in 20 games, and 472 batters faced.
- Zack Wheeler is another strong contender, with an ERA of 3.94, 155 KOs in 23 games, and 570 batters faced.
- Kevin Gausman is also a pitcher to watch, with an ERA of 3.55, 177 KOs in 22 games, and 540 batters faced.
Batter Up: Today's DFS Showdowns You Can't Miss
Now, let's take a look at the matchups that have us on the edge of our seats.
🔥 Marlins (+111) vs Reds (-133) O/U: 10.0
The Marlins are facing off against the Reds at 12:35 PM. The Marlins' pitcher, Braxton Garrett, has a 4.08 ERA and has faced 487 batters. On the other side, the Reds' pitcher, Graham Ashcraft, has a 5.18 ERA and has faced 495 batters. This matchup is interesting because the Marlins have one of the worst batting averages, ranking #29 overall, while Ashcraft is one of the worst starters in baseball, allowing 5.2 runs per game. This could be a low-scoring game, making the under an interesting bet.
❄️ Rockies (+190) vs Brewers (-230) O/U: 9.5
The Rockies and Brewers are going head-to-head at 2:10 PM. The Rockies' pitcher, Kyle Freeland, has a 4.65 ERA and has faced 468 batters. The Brewers' pitcher, Adrian Houser, has a 4.19 ERA and has faced 322 batters. This matchup is interesting because of the disparity in the pitchers' ERAs. The Brewers are the favorites here, but the Rockies could potentially pull off an upset.
🔥 Rangers (-270) vs Athletics (+220) O/U: 9.0
The Rangers are taking on the Athletics at 3:37 PM. The Rangers' pitcher, Max Scherzer, has a 3.66 ERA and has faced 472 batters. The Athletics' pitcher, JP Sears, has a 4.33 ERA and has faced 502 batters. This matchup is interesting because the Rangers are ranked #3 for home runs per game, while Sears is one of the easiest pitchers to hit a home run off of. This could potentially be a high-scoring game, making the over an interesting bet.
The Showdown Showstopper
Out of all the matchups, the Rangers vs Athletics game is my favorite pick of the day. With the Rangers at -270 and their strong home run record, coupled with Sears' vulnerability to home runs, this game has the potential to be a high-scoring spectacle. So, get your popcorn ready and let's enjoy the show!
🏁 Home Run Prop Favorites
🥇Pete Alonso NYM +320Pete Alonso is facing Jameson Taillon, who has a high ERA of 5.17 and gives up a homer to 3.7% of batters faced. Alonso's HR rate is impressive at 8.78% and he's been on fire in the last two weeks, hitting 8 HRs in 55 at-bats. The weather at Citi Field is sunny with a wind blowing out to right field, which should favor right-handed hitters like Alonso.
🥈Joey Votto CIN +280Joey Votto is up against Braxton Garrett, who has an ERA of 4.08 and gives up a homer to 3.1% of batters faced. Votto's HR rate is an impressive 10%, and he's been hot in the last two weeks, hitting 5 HRs in 43 at-bats. The weather at Great American Ball Park is partly cloudy with a wind blowing out to right field, which should favor left-handed hitters like Votto.
🥉Shohei Ohtani LAA +350Shohei Ohtani is facing Alex Wood, who has a high ERA of 4.81 and gives up a homer to 3.0% of batters faced. Ohtani's HR rate is a whopping 9.26%, and he's been solid in the last two weeks, hitting 4 HRs in 52 at-bats. The weather at Angel Stadium is partly cloudy with a wind blowing out to right field, which should favor left-handed hitters like Ohtani.
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