MLB Player Props: Can Vince Velasquez Strikeout More than 5 Marlins?

MLB Player Props: Can Vince Velasquez Strikeout More than 5 Marlins? article feature image

Mar 7, 2016; Bradenton, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Vincent Velasquez (28) throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The final round of the Masters is on, there’s a full day of baseball on the docket, and Game of Thrones premies tonight. Sunday is shaping up to be a good day no matter what your interests are!

MLB Player Props: Sunday, April 14

There aren’t many strikeout props that stand out today, but a couple stand out from the following two games:

  • Philadelphia Phillies at Miami Marlins : 1:10 p.m. ET
  • Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins: 2:10 p.m. ET

Our FantasyLabs MLB Player Props Tool leverages our projections against odds offered at various sportsbooks and grades each prop on a scale of 1 to 10. All odds as of 10 a.m. ET. View live odds here.

Phillies SP Vince Velasquez

THE PICK: Over 5.0 Strikeouts (-130)

Velasquez disappointed in his first start, whiffing just two against the Nationals, but their lineup has a relatively low strikeout rate against righties.

The Marlins are a different story: Their lineup has a 29.5% strikeout rate against right-handed pitchers over the past 12 months, the highest mark on today’s slate.

Velasquez’s 4.12 xFIP last year was average, but he did well from a strikeout perspective, sporting a 25.6% strikeout rate and 9.88 K/9 mark.

The only concern here is the fact that we have him at a projected pitch count of 81.1, which will probably put him right around 5.0 innings of work, meaning he’ll need to average just over a strikeout per inning to hit the over.

Still, I’d bet this up to -140, though I’d prefer not having to lay any more than the -130 juice being offered at the time of writing.

Tigers SP Jordan Zimmermann

THE PICK: Over 4.0 Strikeouts (+120)

Zimmerman has averaged a 7.41 K/9 rate over the past year, and the projected Twins lineup has a 22.5% strikeout rate against right-handed pitchers over the past year.

Those marks aren’t exactly encouraging — but that has created value on this prop at plus money. Zimmermann would’ve pushed this prop twice and won it once so far this season.

At +120 I’d take a shot here, but I wouldn’t bet it beyond +110.

Update: I’d bet this prop to even money. 

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