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Hitters' and Pitchers' Report and MLB Picks for July 31st

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Hitters' and Pitchers' Report and MLB Picks for July 31st
Dallas Keuchel - Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Welcome to the Hitters’ and Pitchers’ Report. This will be a page where our expert, Jason Radowitz, will look at player props as well as potential fantasy plays on a daily basis.

July 31th Pitcher’s Report & Best Bet

Dallas Keuchel (CWS) vs. Kansas City Royals

Dallas Keuchel started the season 1-0 after notching his first win of the season against the Minnesota Twins. Keuchel went 5.1 innings and allowed two runs on three hits with just one strikeout.

Last season, Keuchel struck out 7.27 batters per nine innings but he only got one strikeout in 5.1 innings against the Twins.

That might change in his next start. Keuchel has owned the Royals' batters throughout his career, allowing just 13 hits in 63 at bats. He’s allowed just three extra-base hits and struck out 18 of those 63 at bats while walking just six batters. Royals' batters are hitting just .206 against Keuchel with an OPS of .574.

Only Whit Merrifield is batting .300 against Keuchel on the Royals, which is an accomplishment to say the least.

That’s why I like Keuchel to get a couple more strikeouts in this start and record over his projected strikeout total. Even some of the best sportsbooks seem like they're just looking at his last start when making this line.

MLB Prop to Consider: Dallas Keuchel Over 3.5 K’s (+115) with BetOnline

Another Pitcher to Consider When Looking at Player Props/Fantasy Plays

Against the Minnesota Twins: Mike Clevinger (CLE)

Eddie Rosario: 4-22, 182 avg, 6 K’s, 1 HR
Nelson Cruz: 1-11, .091 avg, 6 K’s, 1 HR
Max Kepler: 4-28, .143 avg, 6 K’s, 1 HR

Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
Anthony Rizzo - Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images/AFP

July 31st Hitter’s Report & Best Bet

Chicago Cubs vs. Trevor Williams (PIT)

Trevor Williams finished last season with a 5.38 ERA and a 5.12 FIP on the season. In his first start of 2020, he lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed five hits, three runs, and recorded three strikeouts against the Cardinals. Without good pitching, it's hard to make it far.

On the road, Williams had a 5.24 ERA in 14 games started and allowed a .279 OBA on the road. Lefties hit .335 against Williams last season and Williams is definitely someone who will allow home runs. Williams allowed 1.67 homers per nine innings and allowed two in his first start of the season.

Anthony Rizzo is hitting .333 against Williams, going 7-21 with four extra-base hits. Kyle Schwarber has gone 8-22 against Williams with three home runs and four extra base hits along with just one strikeout. Lastly, Kris Bryant, who hits from the right side, has gone 6-16 against Williams with two homers and six runs batted in with a .375 batting average.

There's some value with these MLB odds.

MLB Prop To Consider: Anthony Rizzo Home Run (+475) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

Hitters to Consider When Looking at Player Props

Against Jon Gray (COL): San Diego Padres Bats

Fernando Tatis: 3-10, 2 XBH, 1 HR, .300 avg
Will Myers: 14-37, 7 XBH, 3 HR’s, 7 RBI’s .378 avg, .415 OBP, 
Manny Machado: 6-18, 2 HR’s, 4 RBI