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MLB Betting: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not, March 24

His team might be struggling but it is easy to see why the Detroit Tigers worked to get shortstop Javier Baez on the roster with the way he has been swinging the bat recently. He is one of the headliners on the latest installment of “Who’s Hot and Who’s Not” in Major League Baseball.

J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos are some of the prominent hitters trending in the other direction.

Jon Lester #31 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches to Javier Baez #23 of the New York Mets during the fifth inning at Citi Field on September 15, 2021 in New York City.
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Speaking of Who’s Hot, according to the MLB odds the New York Yankees (+450) are now tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best World Series odds.

Who’s Hot

American League Hitters

  • Javier Baez, SS, Detroit Tigers: Baez is hitting .435 with six extra-base hits, including three home runs, over his last six games. He has struck out just once in 23 at-bats to go with five runs and five RBIs during that stretch. He is also tied for the American League lead with two stolen bases over that span.

  • Alex Bregman, 3B, Houston Astros: Bregman is batting .450 with seven runs, three homers, and seven RBIs in the last six games. His five walks give him a .577 on-base percentage during that run.
  • Luis Robert, OF, Chicago White Sox: Robert is hitting .440 with 12 RBIs in his last six games. He is 4 for 6 with runners in scoring position during that stretch. Robert (+10000) is still well back in the American League’s Most Valuable Player race according to the sportsbook.
  • Julio Rodriguez, OF, Seattle Mariners: The rookie is hitting .379 with five runs, three doubles, one home run, five RBIs and two stolen bases over his last seven games. Rodriguez (-135) is starting to put some distance on the rest of the field in the American League Rookie of the Year race.
  • Gleyber Torres, 2B, New York Yankees: Torres has scored nine runs in his last seven contests. He is hitting .320 with five doubles and four RBIs in those games.

National League Hitters

  • Jon Berti, 3B, Miami Marlins: Berti has seven stolen bases in his last seven contests. He had nine hits (three for extra bases) and two walks in those matchups.
  • C.J. Cron, 1B, Colorado Rockies: Cron is hitting .400 with nine runs, three home runs and eight RBIs in his last six games.
  • Freddie Freeman, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers: Six of Freeman’s last 12 hits have gone for extra bases as he is hitting .462 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in the last six games.
  • Ryan McMahon, 3B, Colorado Rockies: McMahon is hitting .500 with two home runs and an on-base percentage of .591 in his last five games.
  • Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves: Five of Swanson’s last 10 hits have gone for extra bases. He has eight runs, three home runs and two stolen bases during his last seven games.

American League Pitchers

  • Dylan Cease, Chicago White Sox: Cease hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last two starts. He has 19 strikeouts and three walks during that stretch. Cease (+2000) is tied for sixth in the American League Cy Young Award odds according to the MLB picks.
  • Emmanuel Clase, Cleveland Guardians: Clase is 10 for 10 in save opportunities in the month of June. He has allowed five hits and no runs and has struck out 15 batters in 13 innings during the month.
  • Jon Gray, Texas Rangers: Gray is 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 18.2 innings over his last three starts.
  • Jorge Lopez, Baltimore Orioles: Lopez has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances. He has 11 strikeouts, no walks and three hits allowed in eight innings of work. He is also 5 for 5 in save opportunities during that stretch.
  • Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels: Ohtani is 2-0 with an 0.00 ERA with five hits allowed, 19 strikeouts and three walks in 14 innings during his last two starts.

National League Pitchers

  • David Bednar, Pittsburgh Pirates: Bednar has allowed three hits and one run with 11 strikeouts in 7.2 innings over his last five outings.
  • Corbin Burnes, Milwaukee Brewers: The reigning Cy Young Award winner is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 13 innings in his last two starts. Burnes (+500) is currently third in the Cy Young odds according to the MLB betting lines.
  • Charlie Morton, Atlanta Braves: Morton has allowed 11 hits and one walk with 32 strikeouts in his last 20 innings. He didn’t have a decision in his three starts during that time.
  • Carlos Rodon, San Francisco Giants: Rodon is 2-0 with an 0.43 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 21 innings in his last three starts.
  • Taijuan Walker, New York Mets: Walker is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last two starts. He has struck out 19 with two walks in 12.2 innings in those games.
David Bednar #51 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth inning at Busch Stadium on June 15, 2022 in St Louis, Missouri
David Bednar | Joe Puetz/Getty Images/AFP

Who’s Not

American League Hitters

  • Randy Arozarena, OF, Tampa Bay Rays: Arozarena has three hits in 24 at-bats over his last six games. He has struck out 12 times during that stretch.
  • Sergio Espinal, IF, Toronto Blue Jays: Espinal is hitting .042 with seven strikeouts in the last six contests.
  • J.D. Martinez, DH, Boston Red Sox: Martinez is 2 for 22 over the last six games with five strikeouts. He has two runs and two RBIs during that span.
  • Brandon Marsh, OF, Los Angeles Angels: Marsh is 3 for 21 with eight strikeouts over his last seven contests.
  • Myles Straw, OF, Cleveland Guardians: Straw has nine strikeouts in his last six games. He is batting .130 with no RBIs in those contests.

National League Hitters

  • Nick Castellanos, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: Castellanos is 4 for 29 with no home runs in his last seven games.
  • Nelson Cruz, DH, Washington Nationals: Cruz has 10 strikeouts in his last six games when he is hitting .100 with one extra-base hit.
  • Brendan Donovan, IF, St. Louis Cardinals: Donovan has a .154 batting average and a slugging percentage of .192 in the last seven games. He has struck out 11 times in his last 26 at-bats.
  • Adam Duvall, OF, Atlanta Braves: Duvall is batting .190 with 10 strikeouts in his last seven contests.
  • Geraldo Perdomo, IF, Arizona Diamondbacks: Perdomo is hitless over his last 18 at-bats in the last six games, although he has walked four times.

American League Pitchers

  • Alex Faedo, Detroit Tigers: Faedo is 0-2 with an ERA of 13.50 in his last two starts. He has given up 17 hits and 12 runs over 7.1 innings of work.
  • Matt Foster, Chicago White Sox: Foster has allowed 10 hits and 12 runs over 3.1 innings during his last four appearances. He has an -0-2 record in those games.
  • Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox: Giolito is 0-2 with an 11.40 ERA in his three starts. He has allowed 24 hits and 19 runs in 15 innings during those appearances.
  • James Kaprielian, Oakland Athletics: Kaprielian has lost his last two starts. He has allowed 12 hits and eight runs with eight walks in nine innings during those two outings.
  • John King, Texas Rangers: King is 0-2 with an ERA of 14.40 in his last four appearances. He has allowed 12 hits and nine runs in five innings.

National League Pitchers

  • Carlos Carrasco, New York Mets: Carrasco has given up 21 hits and 13 runs over 13.1 innings during his last three starts. He does have 16 strikeouts in those three appearances.
  • Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals: Flaherty is 0-0 with a 7.50 ERA in his first two starts of the season. He has seven walks and seven hits allowed in six innings of work.
  • MacKenzie Gore, San Diego Padres: Gore has allowed 14 hits and 14 runs with seven walks over 6.1 innings in his last two starts.
  • Craig Kimbrel, Los Angeles Dodgers: Kimbrel has allowed seven hits and three runs with five walks in four innings during his four most recent appearances.
  • Chad Kuhl, Colorado Rockies: Kuhl is 0-3 with a 6.91 ERA in his last three starts. He has allowed 21 hits, and 12 runs and has walked nine in 14.1 innings.

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