Sunday’s MLB slate of games kicks off soon, and every team is in action. That means there are no shortage of wager options to consider. With the first pitch of the day nearly on the way, we’re sharing our best MLB strikeout props for today’s games.
Our selections include shorting a former Cy Young winner, taking the strikeout king on the over, and taking another starter on the over against a team struggling mightily at the plate in their current series.
Today’s MLB Betting Lines
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MLB Strikeout Props (7/2/23)
Here are the top three strikeout wagers we found on the major sportsbooks for Sunday’s contests.
Spencer Strider Over 8.5 Strikeouts (-104 on FanDuel)
Atlanta’s Spencer Strider is the current strikeout king of MLB. He has 146 on the season, which is seven more than Kevin Gausman, who is second in the category. Through five games in June, Strider has 40 strikeouts, and this is a down month for him in the category. Today, he is up against the third-worst team in the league at avoiding strikeouts in the Miami Marlins.
The Marlins have accumulated 790 strikeouts to this point of the season. Strider’s last start was against the Minnesota Twins, who lead the league in strikeouts. He went seven innings, threw 10 strikeouts, and only allowed one earned run. Considering the Marlins have a worse team batting average than the Twins, we really like Strider’s odds of covering this number.
If you’re looking for more value, you could consider Strider at 10+ strikeouts at +176. Strider is that good in the category this year, and the Marlins are that bad at the moment.
Gerrit Cole Under 6.5 Strikeouts (+116 on FanDuel)
Gerrit Cole is still one of the best pitchers in MLB for the Yankees. He is currently ninth in the league in strikeouts with 113 on the season. However, his dominance is due more to consistency rather than back-to-back big strikeout performances. Only once this season has he thrown seven or more strikeouts in three consecutive games, and that was his last three. Two of those performances were against the Mariners and Rangers, who are near the top and middle of the pack in strikeouts, respectively.
The Cardinals are just outside the top 10 in strikeouts allowed and have done a good job at making starting pitchers work. The likelihood Cole piles up strikes against them given how the rest of his season has gone doesn’t feel high, especially since his hard contact percentage (HC%) and batting average on balls in play (BABIP) have been elevated lately.
That’s not going to help him cover this betting line since the Cardinals are above average in multiple batting categories, including hard contact, which they are five percentage points better than league average. Cole may be in line for a letdown game due to not making it deep into this one.
Sonny Gray Over 4.5 Strikeouts (-108 on Caesars)
Minnesota’s Sonny Gray had a letdown month in June, but he seemed to be finding his rhythm toward the end. He finished the month with back-to-back five strikeout performances against the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves, both of whom are near the bottom of the league in giving up strikeouts.
The Orioles are also near the bottom of the league in strikeouts, but they have struggled as of late, striking out at least eight times in four straight games. That includes 17 in their first two games against the Twins in their current series.
Both starters for the Twins so far tossed at least six strikeouts. The Twins’ game plan seems to have the Orioles out of sorts at the plate, and that bodes well for Gray’s chances to cover this wager. Additionally, Gray has tossed at least five strikeouts in all but five of his 16 starts. We like him to add another five-strikeout performance in this one.