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ThriveFantasy 7-23-20 MLB Prop Bets Picks: Opening Day


Feels like the first day of school again!! After a long hiatus away from all major sports, due to Covid-19, we finally have ThriveFantasy 7-23-20 MLB Prop Bets Picks for Opening Day. Baseball will be played without fans in attendance, but have no fear, I am here to help you make bank on our first day back!

We use the ThriveFantasy (Use Promo Code ‘SIXPACK’) to place our prop bets. Make sure you join us for the 60-game MLB season.

Each player is given a projection; hits, steals, runs, strikeouts, etc., my job is to help you find hit a home run!

What we do, is try to find those nerve-racking MLB betting odds for players and give you the edge on a few players.

The six-pack below contains three players that will hit the over and two players that will go under. I will also give you my favorite “ICE” prop (In Case of Emergency).

Let’s get to it! After a long wait, it’s time to throw out the first pitch!

ThriveFantasy 7-23-20 MLB Prop Bets Picks

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Aaron Judge, Yankees @ Nationals – OVER 1.5 Total Bases (115 pts)

Judge is arguably one of the most prolific hitters in all of baseball. As we use the term in fantasy football often, Judge is “matchup proof”. He finished the 2019 season with 27 homers, 55 RBI and a batting average of .272. His season cut short due to injuries, like almost every other Yankees player last year.

He has a tough task on opening day, however, going against one of the best pitchers in all of baseball in Max Scherzer.

I still feel confident in Judge’s ability to drive the ball and he is entering the regular season with three of his last seven hits being home runs! Because the games didn’t count, Judge even hit one after there were three outs in the inning!

Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees @ Nationals – OVER 0.5 RBI (110 pts)

Similar to Judge, Stanton had a season to forget last year, spending more than half the season on the injured list. He just couldn’t stay healthy, but when he is healthy, he is one of the best hitters in baseball.

Last year Stanton only hit three home runs, picked up just 13 RBI and only saw 59 at bats! 2019 is over, and it’s time for a fresh start, healthy and ready to play a “full” 60 game season.

Vegas has the over/under at  7.5 runs and with a fully healthy Yankees lineup, Stanton is in a great spot to drive in a run. Roster Resource has Stanton hitting cleanup behind DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres.

Yes, they are playing in a National League ballpark, but remember, both leagues have designated hitters now!

Juan Soto, Nationals vs Yankees – OVER 0.5 Runs (110 pts)

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Soto had an unbelievable rookie season, leading the Nats to a World Series Championship. He is just 22 years old, but it already feels like he’s been in the league for years! 

Soto had a video game like season last year, mashing 34 homers, driving in 110 runs and stealing 12 bases with a .282 batting average.

The Yankees will be sending out their new toy, Gerrit Cole, to toe the rubber. But, like Judge, Soto is matchup-proof. He will be relying on Howie Kendrick, Eric Thames or Victor Robles to drive him home.

Max Scherzer, Nationals vs Yankees – UNDER 7.5 Strikeouts (1oo pts)

Scherzer is arguably the best pitcher in baseball. He finished last year with 243 strikeouts over 172.1 innings pitched.

You might be thinking, why the heck am I going the UNDER here then? It’s only 7.5 strikeouts. It is opening day, and we didn’t really have a spring training. I fear some of the Aces won’t pitch deep into their first start.

Given the current circumstances, and a healthy Yankees lineup, I am going UNDER 7.5 strikeouts for Scherzer on opening day.

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers vs Giants – UNDER 5.5 Strikeouts (125 pts)

Kershaw struggled last year due to a lingering back issue that hindered him for the better half of the season.

Over 178.1 innings, Kershaw struck out 189 batters. That makes back-to-back seasons with a K/9 below his career average.

I am going UNDER 5.5 strikeouts for Kershaw for a few reasons. First off, the San Francisco Giants are known as a patient offense. Like Scherzer, if the Giants can force Kershaw to get his pitch count up quickly, it will prevent him from going deep in the game.

ICE PICK: Mookie Betts, Dodgers vs Giants – OVER .5 Runs and RBI (90 pts)

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The biggest offseason transaction of the year is finally home! Betts, now a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers will face Johnny Cueto on the mound for the San Francisco Giants.

Betts is a threat to get on base and steal a base, consistently putting himself in scoring position. He will be leading off, setting the table for guys like Max Muncy, Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger to knock him in. He also averaged 29 home runs over the last four seasons. He just needs one here to hit the OVER!

Last year with the Boston Red Sox drove in 80 runs from the top of the order and scored 135 times.

Well, that does it! Good luck to everyone, hope you all make money, and welcome (finally) to the 2020 MLB season!

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