We’re down to the last week and change of the MLB regular season, and the truth is that some teams have just given up. This is fun because it means that many minor-league pitchers are getting called up to see what they can do against an MLB lineup. As you might expect, the results have been terrible for many of these young men.
Instead of poking fun at them, I decided to lump a few together and fade them with the best MLB prop bets for Sept. 22.
Cody Bellinger Over 1.5 Total Bases (From Hits) (+112)
The first pitcher to get thrown to the wolves today will be the Colorado Rockies’ own Noah Davis (0-2, 9.58). On Friday, he faces off against the Chicago Cubs and revitalized star Cody Bellinger.
Cody Bellinger’s return to form this season = 🤩
2021-2022 (239 G): .193/.256/.355, 66 OPS+
2023 (121 G): .310/.355/.540, 136 OPS+ pic.twitter.com/AESWfLxzqd
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) September 21, 2023
Bellinger is back to his old ways and showcasing the skills that made him a popular player in LA. His ability to consistently produce runs and hit for power makes him a valuable asset to the Cubs. He’s also valuable to us with MLB lines at +112 to touch two bases tonight.
Davis’ stats are bad enough, but they get even worse when you just look at his numbers against left-handed hitters. With a .378 batting average, a 1.106 OPS, and .644 SLG in 45 at-bats, Davis will get roasted by Bellinger and the rest of the lefties in the Cubs lineup.
Bellinger ranks sixth in the majors in average at .311, ninth in OPS at .897, and has four hits in his previous three games. If there is one hitter tonight to trust with your MLB picks, make it Bellinger.
Gleyber Torres Over 0.5 Runs+RBIs (-136)
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Brandon Pfaadt may not be a recent call-up, but the rookie falls into the category of young guns who may need some more time in the minor leagues. The magic isn’t there yet at 2-8 with a 5.86 ERA.
I also don’t like his name. Phonetically, it sounds like a wet fart, and I hear it every time he hangs a breaking ball or misses on a fastball. “Here’s the 3-0 pitch.” … *PFAAFT* … “Ooh, another four-pitch walk.”
From last night’s show: More than 40 percent of Diamondbacks games this year have been started by one of Madison Bumgarner, Zach Davies, Brandon Pfaadt or Ryne Nelson.
They have a combined 6.01 ERA.
— Jesse Friedman (@JesseNFriedman) September 13, 2023
While the Yankees are having a poor season, they still have several dangerous hitters in their lineup. One such name comes to mind when looking to fade right-handed pitchers, and that man is Gleyber Torres.
The second-baseman is hitting .290 this month with 11 RBIs and 11 runs scored off 18 hits in his previous 62 at-bats. Torres also hits better against righties while Pfaadt pitches worse against right-handed hitters. All signs point to Friday being Gleyber Day.