Michael Rathburn is here with your MLB Betting Props of the Day for August 20. Which August 20th strikeout props make up the Best Baseball Prop Picks Today 8/20/21?
MLB Betting Props of the Day: Best Baseball Prop Picks Today
Keegan Akin, SP, Baltimore Orioles vs. Atlanta Braves (7:05 p.m. ET)
Under 4.5 Strikeouts (-140)
Wager: 1 unit
The Orioles are +205 home underdogs against the visiting Braves and Max Fried tonight. The Orioles have lost 15 in a row. They have been outscored 9.2 to 2.8 in that stretch. The Braves are on fire, averaging 6.2 runs per game in August and now sitting atop the NL East. They are 14-3 in August, including 9-0 on the road. They get a park shift and league shift (designated hitter instead of pitcher hitting) tonight which favors them even more.
Keegan Akin has an ERA of 8.13 and WHIP of 1.82 on the season, making him one of the worst pitchers in baseball. The only way Akin is able to get at least five strikeouts is if the Orioles just leave him out there regardless of how many runs he gives up.
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Chris Sale, SP, Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers (7:10 p.m. ET)
Over 7.5 Strikeouts (-115)
Wager: 1 unit
This might be the lowest strikeout prop on Chris Sale the rest of the season. After missing nearly two years with TJS, Sale came back last Saturday against the Orioles, going five innings while striking out eight on 89 pitches. I look for more of the same tonight against an even weaker Texas Rangers lineup.
While the Rangers as a team only have a 21% strikeout rate in August, they walk only 4% of the time. They are hitting just .169 in their last six games on the road with a 24% strikeout rate. This is an offense that lacks any punch and Sale should be able to rack up in the strikeouts while maximizing his pitch count.
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