MLB Playoff Player Prop Picks | Top Home Run Odds For Division Series

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  • One of the most popular player prop bets is on home runs for individual players.
  • Anthony Rizzo is among those who have value at their current number tonight.
  • Continue reading for the best home run props across today's MLB postseason slate.

The League Division Series begins on Tuesday with a quadruple-header of games beginning with the Phillies vs. Braves at 1:07 p.m. ET and concluding with the Padres vs. Dodgers at 9:37 p.m. ET.

If you've followed along during the regular season, then you know my process for finding optimal home run selections for the popular "Dinger Tuesday" promotion at FanDuel. I use barrel rates, max exit velocities, price comparisons and pitcher matchups to find the optimal home run picks.

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Top 10 barrel rates since Aug. 1 (min 50 batted balls) amongst players hitting this weekend:

1. A Judge (26.2% lol)
2. Y Alvarez
3. J Gallo
4. J Kelenic
5. K Schwarber
6. T Thompson
7. C Raleigh
8 E Suarez
9 J.T. Realmuto
10. M. Olson

— Anthony Dabbundo, Aaron Nola enjoyer (@AnthonyDabbundo) October 11, 2022

Pitching is superior in the playoffs and we're likely to see some of the best pitchers for every team in Game 1 of the League Divisional Series. With that being said, some players remain undervalued to homer across Friday's slate.

Here's a look at my favorite home run prop selection for each of the four games.

Note: All of these are +475 or longer and thus have an implied probability of less than 17.4%.

MLB Home Run Props For Friday

Phillies at Braves, 1:07 p.m. ET

Ranger Suarez vs. Max Fried

Pick: J.T. Realmuto +650 at PointsBet

Realmuto gets a favorable matchup with the lefty Fried in this game and because of his likely batting order position between Kyle Schwarber and Bryce Harper, he could potentially face a lefty in the later innings, too.

Realmuto has been the Phillies' best hitter in the second half of the season. His slash line is .307/.367/.583 in the second half with a 166 OPS+. He's also in the top 10 for the listed barrel rates above since Aug. 1 among players hitting this weekend.

He's pulled the ball more in the second half and focused less on using all fields, which is a major reason why his power declined. That, plus he's been hitting the ball in the air more and the result is 14 second-half homers after just eight in the first half.

Mariners at Astros, 3:37 p.m. ET

Logan Gilbert vs. Justin Verlander

Pick: Carlos Santana +830 at FanDuel

Santana had a double off the top of the wall and a home run against the Blue Jays in the Wild Card Round and now gets a matchup with Justin Verlander on Tuesday.

Santana only has a .226 average against Verlander in 85 career at-bats but his power numbers are tremendous. The veteran switch-hitter has a .607 SLG and nine home runs along with five doubles against Verlander. I don't typically read into hitter vs. pitcher matchups because the sample is often way too small, but in this case, 85 at-bats is somewhat meaningful.

Santana has also posted an 11.2% barrel rate since Aug. 1, and anything over 10% is considered plus home run power levels. He has 14 barrels in 125 batted balls.

Guardians at Yankees, 7:47 p.m. ET

Cal Quantrill vs. Gerrit Cole

Pick: Anthony Rizzo +475

Even though Gerrit Cole has given up two homers per nine innings in the last month, there's not enough value on the board to fade him with a Guardians lineup that is dead last in the league in barrel rate. Cal Quantrill is a fly ball pitcher and that is dangerous at Yankee Stadium, though, and Rizzo should have a favorable matchup here against him.

I'm sure that Aaron Judge will be a popular pick but his line is inflated given that Cleveland has major incentive to pitch around him like teams did down the stretch this year. The Guardians right-hander has a 37% fly ball rate, above league average.

The Guardians only have one left-hander in the bullpen and they are unlikely to use him against Rizzo because of the big right-handed bats around him. Hopefully Rizzo can use the short porch in right field.

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Padres at Dodgers, 9:37 p.m. ET

Mike Clevinger vs. Julio Urias

Pick: Manny Machado +475

Machado actually has better numbers against right-handed pitchers than he does right-handers, but in this case it's a bit of an exceptional case because Urias is traditionally a reverse splits pitcher anyway and is more like a right-hander.

Machado's barrel rate is actually down in 2022 relative to past seasons, but it's risen in the last two months back toward levels of previous years.

Machado has had an 11% barrel rate in the last two months and is fresh off a stellar three-game series that included a homer against the Mets last weekend. The sample is small on him, too, but Machado does have four homers against Urias in the last two seasons.

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