Best player props for Friday's MLB slate: De Jong Ks Brewers
It’s Friday and all I can think about is how we made it! The weekend is right there, just staring us in the face. Just make it through today and we’re home. Just like every other weekend, we need to go into this one with some MLB player props. We just do. There are more than enough games to pick through and after I went through a couple of times, I found these two for tonight.
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Chase De Jong over 4.5 strikeouts (+125)
Line available at BetMGM at time of publishing
I wish De Jong had a mullet, beer belly, or just something else we could get behind but he doesn’t. He’s just a 6’4″ 230 pound, 27-year-old stick of dynamite that’s already on his fourth MLB team. Still, I think he’s a good deal at +125.
De Jong has only started two games this season so we’re not dealing with a big sample size. What I like is he’s hitting 93 mph on the gun this year. He was doing that last season with Houston and he had a 23 percent strikeout rate. The only difference is his walk rate is down this season although we’ve only seen him pitch 10 innings.
Tonight he’s getting the Milwaukee Brewers. They’ve struck out third-most in MLB this season and while they have been striking out less, they are still striking out. Luis Castillo just mowed down seven of them yesterday. I know because I had the under.
This is one of my favorite MLB player props for tonight.
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Justin Dunn over 5.5 strikeouts (+125)
Line available at DraftKings at time of publishing
This almost feels a little like betting on Ricky Vaughn from Major League. Dunn is almost hitting 94 on the radar this season but he’s kind of wild at times. Like the great Lou Brown said, “somebody better teach this kid some control before he kills someone.”
Dunn is coming off the IL too tonight so that is another issue. He didn’t even need a rehab start so I am just writing off the development. He’s fine. In his last three games, he’s struck out at least eight guys in two of them so his form is good. He walked at least two guys in all three starts but that’s an improvement. He walked eight guys on opening day so he is improving in that area.
He’s getting the Indians tonight who have not been great at the plate. In the last week, they are teetering on 10 strikeouts per game. Adam Wainwright rang them up six times Wednesday and Carlos Martinez sat them down seven times in only 4.1 innings the day before. Neither guy is a “strikeout guy” at this point like Dunn is becoming.
This is one of my favorite MLB player props of the night.
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