It’s playoff time in Major League Baseball! The regular season is over and we turn the page to one of the best times of the year on the sports calendar. Regular season baseball is great, but the playoffs are on a whole different level. We can’t wait to get going and if you want to get in on any of our top props with us, sign up with any of our affiliates below and cash in on their generous welcome offers. Onto Brian and I’s Top MLB Prop Bets for October 7th.
Top MLB Prop Bets for October 7th
Guardians 1st Half -0.5 vs Rays (+120, Caesars)
Talk about two teams that are basically mirror images of each other. Both teams get consistent pitching, play fundamentally sound defense, hit for contact, run the bases well, and play opportunistic baseball. This game screams under to me as well, but it’s hovering around 5.5 or 6 everywhere and that’s just too low for me to bet. I’m going to go with the Guardians -0.5 in the 1st Half for a few reasons.
First, Cleveland is at home where they had a 46-35 record this season. It’s the battle of the Shanes on the mound in Game 1, McClanahan for the Rays vs Bieber of the Guardians. McClanahan was a top 3 Cy Young contender most of the season, but after his IL stint in early September he hasn’t been quite the same. McClanahan hasn’t gone more than 5.0 IP in 4 starts off the IL, and in his last three starts he’s allowed a combined 11 ER in 14.0 IP (granted against good competition in the Astros and Blue Jays). He’s got just 7 Ks in those three starts, and Cleveland is a team that thrives on making contact.
If McClanahan isn’t striking out batters tonight, Cleveland should get the better of the pitching matchup. At home, the Guardians are the lean and why they’re one of our Top MLB Prop Bets for October 7th.
Max Scherzer Over 5.5 Strikeouts (-115, BetMGM)
This prop is embarrassingly low in my opinion as Mad Max has dominated the Padres throughout his career. He K’d 8 Friars back in July during his only 2022 start and has a 12.3 K/9 in 17 career appearances against them. Scherzer may not be stringing together double digit strikeout games like he used to, but he’s gone over this prop in 18 of his 23 starts this season. Past playoff results aside, Max is one this generations best pitchers, and I expect to show up big during his first playoffs start for the Mets. This is easily one of my Top MLB Prop Bets for October 7th.
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