Underdog Fantasy MLB Picks May 23: Marcus Semien Powers Texas Rangers vs Rich Hill
Dan Servodidio brings you his top MLB player picks & plays at Underdog Fantasy for Tuesday, May 23rd, including Marcus Semien and Bryan De La Cruz.
Tuesday's Major League Baseball schedule brings us a full 15 games to find some winning MLB Underdog picks and MLB player props. As you get ready for tonight's MLB daily fantasy slate, enjoy some free MLB picks on Underdog Fantasy. We have three hitters in good matchups for our top MLB prop bets and daily picks on Underdog Fantasy for Tuesday night. Texas Rangers 2B Marcus Semien and Miami Marlins OF Bryan De La Cruz are among the top MLB Underdog picks for tonight. Check out these 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 Tuesday, May 23rd.
MLB Underdog Fantasy Top Picks May 23
Marcus Semien, Texas Rangers – OVER 0.5 Singles & OVER 1.5 Total Bases
We all know Marcus Semien is good, but the Texas Rangers' second baseman is on fire at the plate right now. Semien is hitting .387 (12-for-31) over the past seven games and .344 (22-for-64) over the past 15 games. He brings a current 12-game hitting streak into tonight’s contest and he’s also hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games spanning the month of May. When looking at the singles and total bases trends, here’s how it shakes out. Semien has knocked 12 singles out of his last 18 hits (67%) and 38 of his 58 total hits this season (66%) have been singles. He also has multiple total bases in four of the past seven games. Semien’s opposing pitcher tonight is Pittsburgh Pirates starter Rich Hill, who has a 3.80 ERA this year but could run into trouble against a Rangers lineup that’s been crushing left-handers. Hill is due for negative regression, too, as his poor 5.88 xERA and high 4.62 FIP indicate. He also has poor home splits with a 5.25 ERA in Pittsburgh this season. The only worry is that Semien is just 2-for-12 in his career vs. Hill, but we’ll look the other way on that stat for now.
Bryan De La Cruz, Miami Marlins – OVER 1.5 Total Bases
After going 4-for-4 at the plate last night, Bryan De La Cruz is now hitting .407 (11-for-27) over the past seven games and .393 (22-for-56) over the past 15 games. Simply put, the Miami Marlins outfielder is mashing right now and we should ride the hot bat while we can. De La Cruz has over 1.5 total bases in eight of his past 10 games, including three homers and five doubles in this span. The Marlins are in Coors Field again tonight and get a favorable matchup against Austin Gomber. The Colorado Rockies’ left-hander has a 6.70 ERA and 1.63 WHIP this season and gave up eight runs in his past two starts combined (both at home). Meanwhile, De La Cruz is crushing left-handed pitching this season to the tune of a .344 BA. Look for him to stay hot and go over 1.5 total bases in this spot.
Christian Vazquez, Minnesota Twins – OVER 0.5 Singles
Sometimes looking at MLB BvP numbers can be misleading one way or the other when trying to match up MLB player props. Other times, we get a stat or trend that is way too juicy to ignore despite some underlying concerns. That brings us to Christian Vazquez. The Minnesota Twins catcher is hitting a whopping .632 (12-for-19) against Alex Cobb across their careers. That sample size is just big enough to expect Vazquez to have success at the plate tonight. Yes, Cobb has an outstanding 1.94 ERA thus far for the San Francisco Giants, but a 3.98 xERA and 3.15 FIP mean some shaky outings might be coming. Of course, the big concern is that we’re backing a subpar hitter like Vazquez, who’s batting just .229 on the season. The silver lining for this singles prop is that Vazquez is a singles hitter and we only need one knock to squeak through. Of his 12 hits against Cobb, 11 have been singles. Of Vazquez’s 24 hits this season, 21 have been singles.
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