Regular season outings are nearing an end, and multiple teams have still yet to pull away comfortably to secure a playoff spot. Each game down the stretch for teams in postseason contention should produce playoff environments, which makes strikeout props one of the best options in all of sports at the moment. Each of our MLB strikeout props for today include teams in the chase, so they are sure to be exciting to follow.
Today’s Betting Lines
Here are the odds from the top sports betting apps for the games we provided strikeout props for on Tuesday. There is a full schedule tonight, so be sure to also check out our MLB odds page for all game lines. You can also take a look at the best sports betting promos on the market to get in on any action that catches your eye this week.
MLB Strikeout Props (9/5/23)
Here are our best MLB strikeout props for Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Jesus Luzardo Under 5.5 Strikeouts – on FanDuel
The Miami Marlins are looking to return to the postseason for the first time in 20 years. Currently, they sit just a half game out of the final wild card spot in the NL. Tonight, they begin a tough series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and will send Jesus Luzardo to the mound, who has the 14th most strikeouts in MLB at the moment.
However, he’ll have his hands full trying to cover this line. The Dodgers are flaming hot, having scored at least five runs in nine of their last 12 games. In August, Luzardo has shown vulnerability against the better lineups, allowing at least four runs in three of his five starts last month. Luzardo has faced nine of the Dodgers current hitters throughout his career for a total of 36 at bats, and he is allowing a .306 batting average. That includes .400 averages to Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman.
Additionally, Luzardo’s primary pitch is the four-seamer, which he puts in the zone above league average. The Dodgers have 15 players with at least 150 plate appearances this season, and only six of them hit the four-seamer below .250. That doesn’t bode well for his chances of keeping LA from running up the scoreboard, which is his biggest threat to not going Over his total tonight.
Kutter Crawford Over 5.5 Strikeouts – on FanDuel
Kutter Crawford is in year three of his young career, and he is beginning to figure things out with the Boston Red Sox. One of the biggest areas of his growth is in the strikeout category. Over the last two months, he has tossed at least five strikeouts in 11 games. The games he didn’t reach that mark were usually against electric offenses or lineups that don’t surrender strikeouts at a high clip.
Tonight, Crawford will face off against the Tampa Bay Rays, who have slowly been heading in the wrong direction in the strikeout category as the season nears an end. Over the last month and a half, the Rays have gone from a top-10 team at avoiding strikeouts to just a few Ks away from top 10 worst in the league. In their last 10 games, they struck out in the double digits six times, and in two more contests, they nearly hit that mark with eight and nine strikeouts.
Also, Crawford’s primary pitch is the four-seamer, and it draws a chase percentage 11 points above league average, a strike percentage six points above league average, and limits hitters to a .183 average. His secondary pitch is the cutter, which draws a chase percentage above league average. The Rays have 11 hitters with a minimum of 150 plate appearances, and five of them hit the cutter below .200. That’s a significant struggle for Crawford to take advantage of tonight.
Jose Quintana Over 4.5 Strikeouts – on Caesars
Jose Quintana didn’t register his first start this season until July for the New York Mets. Since then, he has compiled 35 total Ks, including five-strikeout performances against the Rangers, Braves, and Cardinals in his last three starts. Those are three of the most dangerous lineups in MLB, and all three of them are top 11 at avoiding strikeouts. The Washington Nationals, however, are the best at avoiding strikeouts, so Quintana must have one of his better performances to cover this line.
Thanks to his pitching repertoire, we like his chances. He is one of the more balanced pitchers in the league, using the sinker (30%), four-seamer (27%), curveball (25%), and changeup (17%). The Nationals have 10 hitters with 150 or more plate appearances, and six of them hit the curveball below .250. Additionally, Quintana’s sinker holds batters to a .200 average, giving him two go-to weapons to cover his line.
Also, the Nationals are coming off of a down month in multiple hitting categories, only hitting .242 in August and registering 197 strikeouts, which was their second-highest total of the season for a single month. Quintana is hot and Washington is still looking to knock the rust off their bats, which is why we like Quintana to go Over his listed total.