Major League Baseball and college football today, and then NFL Week 1 tomorrow… What a time for sports fans! Here, we’ll be focusing on baseball bets, and my best bets of the day on Underdog Fantasy feature Tarik Skubal against the Chicago White Sox, Davis Schneider taking on the Kansas City Royals, and Mark Canha facing the New York Yankees. As always, don't forget to check out the latest MLB weather report and the confirmed MLB lineups when placing those MLB betting picks. Furthermore, 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 this evening. Without further ado, let's dive into the top MLB player picks on Underdog Fantasy for Saturday, September 9th.
Tarik Skubal, Detroit Tigers - HIGHER than 16.5 Pitching Outs
Skubal has completed six innings of work in four straight starts, including just completing seven strong innings against the White Sox in his last outing. They’ve steadily increased his workload, and he’s now thrown 95 pitches or more in two straight outings, and at least 85 pitches in six straight. This game is being played in his home park, where he has a 1.78 ERA and 42:6 K/BB ratio across 30.1 innings of work this season, and at best, the White Sox are a league average offense against left-handed pitching of late. Some White Sox batters do have decent BvP numbers against Skubal, but the Tigers will let Skubal work deeper into this game, and he should be firmly in range for a quality start, AKA completing six innings of work.
Davis Schneider, Toronto Blue Jays - HIGHER than 1.5 Hits+Runs+RBI
The Royals are going to let James McArthur start, and then Zack Greinke will be the bulk guy behind him. Regardless, Schneider is a man possessed at the moment. Over his last 13 games played, he’s slashing .415/.556/1.024 with five home runs, 14 runs scored, and 14 RBI.He’s sporting a .432 average, .838 SLG, and .567 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season, and he’s surpassed this line of 1.5 Hits+Runs+RBI in eight straight starts! Albeit serving as the opener, McArthur has allowed a .348/.360/.522 slash line to right-handed hitters this year, and while Greinke has been tougher on righties than lefties, he’s 1-14 with a 5.34 ERA on the year, so I’m not scared of Greinke whatsoever. Once the Blue Jays run Greinke off the bump, Schneider and Co. will get a Kansas City bullpen that has allowed a 6.43 ERA and .289 BAA over the last two weeks.
Mark Canha, Milwaukee Brewers - HIGHER than 0.5 Singles
Canha is riding a seven-game hit streak at the moment where he’s slashing .435/.536/.652, and seven of his 10 hits have been singles. He’ll be facing New York right-hander Michael King, who has some reverse splits this season, allowing right-handed hitters to post a .267 average and .315 wOBA against him. Over his last 40 plate appearances, Canha has a .412 average against right-handed pitching, with 11 of his 14 hits being singles. There is some weather in the New York area, but it seems more of a delay risk than a postponement.