While some rain washed out one of my favorite picks yesterday, we got the Jorge Soler home run, and the replacement Dane Dunning prop gave us the 2-for-2 day. Now, we run it back on this Tuesday! It’s time to analyze the board of MLB player props and sift through the data to find those winning picks! My best bets of the day on Underdog Fantasy feature a couple of Atlanta Braves in Michael Harris and Matt Olson, and Texas Rangers right-hander Max Scherzer, the team’s biggest acquisition at the MLB Trade Deadline. Don't forget to check out the latest MLB weather report, as there is a lot of weather on the radar tonight, and the confirmed MLB lineups when placing those MLB betting picks, and our MLB daily projections and MLB Batter vs Pitcher page will help uncover the best matchups for MLB player props and your MLB DFS lineups. Let's dive into the top MLB player picks on Underdog Fantasy for Tuesday, August 8th.


MLB Underdog Fantasy Top Picks August 8

Max Scherzer, Texas Rangers – HIGHER than 7.5 Strikeouts

Since the All-Star break, Oakland has the seventh-highest strikeout rate against right-handed pitching, and for the 2023 season as a whole, only the Twins and Mariners have a higher strikeout rate than Oakland (25.2%). Scherzer’s been routinely flirting with this strikeout line in recent starts, and while he’s surpassed this line just once in his last five starts, he did it in four straight starts before that, and he has at least seven strikeouts in eight of his last nine. In a great matchup for him, why can’t he get above this line? Over his last seven starts, his 22.5 percent strikeout rate against left-handed bats isn’t great, but in what could be a contest with mostly right-handed hitters, Scherzer will shine, seeing as he has a 39.7 percent strikeout rate against right-handed hitters over his last seven outings. In his first start with Texas, he upped the usage on his slider compared to the handful of starts prior, which has always been a lethal swing-and-miss pitch for him.

Michael Harris, Atlanta Braves – HIGHER than 0.5 Singles

Yes, Harris has recorded a single in four of his last five games, and in eight of his last 12. However, it’s far more than that. Since the All-Star Break, Harris is slashing .377/.421/.594 with a .429 wOBA, and if we look solely at his numbers against right-handed pitching since the break, we see an even better .386/.438/.596 slash line. On the other hand, after a great first half of the season, the wheels have come off the Mitch Keller train of late. In four starts since the break, Keller is 0-4 with a 9.97 ERA, 2.91 HR/9, and his struggles that plagued him in years past against lefties have reared their ugly head again. During this four-start stretch, left-handed hitters have hit Keller at a .387 clip with a .521 wOBA!

Matt Olson, Atlanta Braves – HIGHER than 1.5 Total Bases

Olson has a .369 ISO and 1.035 ISO against right-handed pitching this season, and over his last 12 games, he’s hit safely in 11 of them, posting a .381 average, .905 SLG, and .524 ISO. Oh, during these 12 games, he has at least two total bases in eight of those games, including in five straight games. If you read above about Keller’s struggles against left-handed hitters, you’ll love this prop even more.


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