Daily Dinger: Best Home Run Picks Today (Double Down on Yankees’ Bats vs. Blue Jays, Berríos)

New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (48) points into his team's dugout after his home run in New York's comeback win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (48) points into his team's dugout after his home run in New York's comeback win over the Tampa Bay Rays. / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

All good things must come to an end, as the BetSided "Daily Dinger" hitting streak halted Wednesday night after five write-ups in a row.

With just two of us contributing to the plays today, we're headed back to Yankee Stadium, where the Bronx Bombers' bats woke up in eye-opening fashion late last night vs. the Tampa Bay Rays; storming back for an 8-7 win down three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning.

You can follow along in our team standings all season long HERE!

Best Home Run Picks Today

  • Aaron Judge (+195) – DraftKings Sportsbook
  • Anthony Rizzo (+350) - FanDuel Sportsbook

Aaron Judge (+195) – New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays

It’s been a long time since I backed Aaron Judge in our Daily Dinger picks, but I think he has an elite matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays and starter Jose Berrios on Thursday. 

Berríos has given up 26 home runs in 23 starts this season, and he’s been especially bad lately, giving up a homer in seven straight starts (nine total over that stretch). That’s going to be tough to avoid at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night. 

In his career against Beríios, Judge has six hits in 15 at-bats (.400/.412/.667 slash line) and has homered once. He’s been the best player in baseball all season, and he’s an easy pick to go deep out of all the Yankees on Thursday.   – Peter Dewey

Find Peter Dewey’s full betting record here.

Anthony Rizzo (+350) - New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Our guy Peter firmly believes, “The Yankees are back!”

Do I believe him? I’m not so sure, considering the amount of times I heard the same thing during the New York Knicks’ regular season. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt at least tonight when they face Toronto Blue Jays' gas can José Berríos at Yankee Stadium.

After a month-long slump at the dish throughout August, the Yankees’ bats woke up Wednesday and crushed three home runs vs. the Tampa Bay Rays en route to an 8-7 victory. Their power should continue today against Berríos, who's allowing just under 2 HR/9 in 2022.

So why Rizzo? Berríos is bad vs. righties, but far worse vs. lefties; giving up 17 of his 26 dingers to left-handers this year. Rizzo has also tagged him deep in 1 out of every 8 ABs during his career.

I’ll back the Rizz Kid to stay hot at the dish, all while getting terrific odds in the process. – Ben Heisler

Follow all of Ben’s betting plays in real-time HERE!

Join Ben Heisler and Peter Dewey at 5 p.m. ET for today's episode of "Daily Betslip," as they share their best bets for Thursday night , breakdown the Game of the Night between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves, as well as along reveal their favorite plays for NFL Comeback Player of the Year.