3 MLB Prop Bets to Target on Wednesday 7/28/21
Player props can be useful in a variety of ways -- from taking advantage of them straight up (to the tune of cold hard cash) to measuring a player's potential to produce in daily fantasy baseball on FanDuel. Here, we're going to focus on the former.
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Gary Sanchez To Hit a Home Run (+250)
The right-handed hitters from the New York Yankees are in a great spot tonight.
Even though the Yankees aren't fully healthy, their top few hitters can always make a big impact. Tonight, we could see that on display since they are going up against Michael Wacha, who is showing massive, massive reverse splits this season, allowing 2.68 HR/9 to right-handed hitters, as well as a 38.3% fly-ball rate, a 26.1% HR/FB ratio, and a 50.0% hard-contact rate. By reverse splits I mean he is worse against right-handed hitters even as a right-handed pitcher.
Gary Sanchez started the year slow but has turned things around and still brings plenty of power to the plate. He comes in with a solid .220 ISO, a 42.6% fly-ball rate, and a 20.4% HR/FB ratio. Sanchez's batted ball metrics line up nicely versus Wacha, who is struggling versus righty power hitter in 2021.
Jose Abreu To Hit a Home Run (+290)
I absolutely love the matchup for the Chicago White Sox tonight.
I'm feeling multiple home runs from the White Sox tonight, and in reality, if you want to take a shot on a player with slightly longer odds than Jose Abreu (+290), I'm totally on board with it. This is due to the fact they are going up against Kris Bubic, who is allowing 1.78 HR/9 to righties, 2.08 HR/9 to lefties, an 18.6% HR/FB ratio versus righties, and a 27.3% HR/FB rate versus lefties. You get the idea. Bubic has allowed 14 home runs in 17 games this season and we're looking at a clear option to target tonight.
Abreu is a player I have an eye on with his .326 ISO, 138 wRC+, 40.6% fly-ball rate, 34.8% hard-contact rate, and 28.6% HR/FB ratio versus left-handed pitchers this season. It's also very hot in Kansas City tonight, giving a nice boost to the hitters.
Lucas Giolito Over 6.5 Strikeouts (+124)
Lucas Giolito is one of the best pitchers on tonight's slate and his strikeout prop is worth considering.
With a 28.2% strikeout rate, Giolito can go head-to-head with any pitcher on tonight's slate and we are getting his strikeout prop at plus money (+124). Giolito comes in with seven strikeouts or more in 7 of his last 10 starts, showing he is one of the most consistent pitchers in the majors.
He will be up against the Kansas City Royals, who come in with a 22.2% strikeout rate versus right-handed pitchers, which is the seventh-lowest in the league. Yes, the Royals don't strike out a ton versus righties, and the under 6.5 strikeouts (-154) has too much juice. I'd look to side with Giolito's pure strikeout upside at plus money.