Best player props for Saturday's MLB slate: McClanahan fans the Fish

Shane McClanahan Orioles vs Rays
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Connor Grootenhuis

MLB· 3 weeks ago

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Covering all things sports betting with a focus on MLB and college football. Lifelong sports fan based in the Bayou State of Louisiana. Strong believer that every loss is a bad beat and every win is easy money.

We are approaching the home stretch of the 2021 MLB season. We don’t have many days of regular-season baseball left, so we have to take advantage of our options while we can. Our player props here at Pickswise are on a roll, and I hope to keep that going today. Along with this article, you should definitely check out all of our MLB picks and previews for each game today. You can also follow me on Twitter for added plays.

Shane McClanahan over 6.5 strikeouts (-120)

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The Marlins really struggle against left-handed pitchers. Miami is second to last in all of baseball in terms of batting average against lefties this season. In addition, only 4 teams have struck out more against left-handed pitchers than the Marlins on the year. Ryan Yarbrough had 4 strikeouts in 6.0 innings against them last night, but I think McClanahan can have a few more punch-outs than that tonight.  Yarbrough is a soft-tossing lefty, while McClanahan can really bring the heat. Miami didn’t have to worry about getting blown away by Yarbrough, but that is definitely something they have to be cautious of with McClanahan.
McClanahan has racked up 135 strikeouts in 115.1 innings this season, and his strikeout numbers are even better at home. He has 77 strikeouts in 59.1 innings at Tropicana Field. He ranks in the 79th percentile among all MLB pitchers in terms of strikeout rate. He also ranks in the 81st percentile for chase rate and 87th percentile for whiff rate. No matter how you slice it, he knows how to generate swings and misses. The Marlins are prone to doing exactly that, and I like McClanahan’s chances at reaching this number today.
Be sure to check out our full game preview for Miami Marlins vs Tampa Bay Rays.

Jon Heasley over 3.5 strikeouts (-125)

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You’ve probably never heard of Jon Heasley, but that’s okay. I didn’t even know who he was until yesterday. He will be making just his second career MLB start tonight for the Royals. Heasley threw 75 pitches in his first career start last Friday, but that pitch count could go up in his second start tonight. He racked up 120 punch-outs in 105.1 innings at the Double-A level before getting the call to the big leagues.  That warrants some confidence that he knows how to put guys away. I know it’s just Double-A, but it’s not like he’s facing the 1927 Yankees today.
Today he faces the 2021 Detroit Tigers. They strike out a lot.  In fact, only 3 teams have struck out more than Detroit this season. If he tosses 80+ pitches, he can generate 4 strikeouts against a strikeout-prone Detroit lineup.  It also helps that his big-league debut jitters are now behind him.
Be sure to check out our full game preview for Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers.

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