Friday night's Major League Baseball slate of games presents plenty of MLB picks and props on Underdog Fantasy. The Tampa Bay Rays' winning streak is still alive and Drew Rasmussen's strikeout prop is one to target tonight. Plus, we look at some MLB Underdog picks for Dansby Swanson and Jean Segura. Check out free MLB player props and MLB daily picks on Underdog Fantasy for “Pick'Em” contests tonight. Don't forget to check out the latest MLB weather report and the confirmed MLB lineups when placing those MLB betting picks. Plus, the MLB daily projections and MLB Batter vs Pitcher page will help you find the best matchups for MLB player props and MLB DFS lineups. Now, let's dive into the top MLB player picks on Underdog Fantasy for Friday, April 14th.


MLB Underdog Fantasy Top Picks April 14

Drew Rasmussen, Tampa Bay Rays – OVER 5.0 Strikeouts

If you want to get in on the Rays' historic winning streak to begin the season, backing Drew Rasmussen is one way to do so tonight. The Tampa Bay starter will toe the rubber on the road in a division-rival matchup vs. the Toronto Blue Jays. Though the Jays' offense is a dangerous one with some good numbers against right-handed pitching, Rasmussen can still keep it rolling on the mound. 

The Rays righty has been dominant so far this season with 13 combined shutout innings over his first two starts with only three hits allowed and a 15:0 K:BB ratio. He had seven strikeouts vs the Washington Nationals and then eight Ks vs the Oakland Athletics. Yes, both lineups don’t exactly strike fear in opposing pitchers, but they do both have similar K rates as the Blue Jays this season. Plus, against righties over the past week, Toronto has a 26.4% strikeout rate (6th-best in MLB) and a 3.8% walk rate (2nd-worst). Furthermore, the Rays may want/need Rasmussen to go deep into tonight’s game after Jeffrey Springs left yesterday’s start early, forcing them to go to the pen in the fourth inning.

Dansby Swanson, Chicago Cubs – OVER 0.5 Singles

Dansby Swanson has been in the headlines this week for a few different reasons. After going 4-for-4 at the plate on Tuesday, the Cubs shortstop left the game early with what was reportedly cramping/tightness in his side. Then we heard Swanson’s early departure and/or cramping was related to his wife, Mallory Swanson, recently undergoing knee surgery after suffering a serious injury in a U.S. Women’s Soccer game. Swanson then sat out the Cubs’ game on Wednesday and the team had an off day yesterday. Having a few days to rest and recover should have Swanson ready to go tonight on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers

Injury concerns aside, Swanson has been hot at the plate to begin his first season in Chicago. He’s hitting .400 (16-for-40) with 14 of his 16 hits being singles so far. He’ll face Dodgers righty Noah Syndergaard, who got knocked around for eight hits and six runs last time out vs Arizona. Swanson has good career numbers vs Syndergaard with a .400 BA (8-for-20) with seven singles across his eight hits. 

Jean Segura, Miami Marlins – UNDER 0.5 Singles

As always, take MLB BvP numbers with a grain of salt when sorting through player props. However, Jean Segura’s career numbers against Madison Bumgarner are impossible to ignore tonight. Segura is just 3-for-25 (.120) with four strikeouts and a .185 OBP against Bumgarner over their careers. That’s a big enough sample size for two veteran players to take it seriously. 

Plus, Segura is struggling at the plate in his first season with Miami. He’s hitting just .182 (8-for-44) so far and has gone hitless in four of the past five games. It’s obviously worth mentioning that MadBum hasn’t started out so hot either with a 7.27 ERA and 2.19 WHIP over his first two starts this year. However, both of those outings came against the Los Angeles Dodgers and things should be a bit easier against the Marlins. 


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