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Adam Wainwright’s swan song hasn’t gone as planned in Major League Baseball. He is having a terrible season, and it doesn’t look like it will improve. Wainwright is 3-8 with an 8.42 ERA and a 2.01 WHIP.
WHIP refers to how many runners a pitcher allows on base per inning. Allowing two runners on base per inning is horrendous, and Wainwright has been doing it constantly. Wainwright has been slightly better in some starts over his past five games, but the strikeout numbers just haven’t been present.
In his last game, he recorded two strikeouts over six innings. This was a quality start for Wainwright against the Mets. However, the game before this was against the Royals, and he allowed nine hits and eight runs in one inning with no strikeouts.
Wainwright’s strikeout number is listed at 3.5, and he has only gone over this number once in his past five games. Wainwright will pitch against the Pirates on Tuesday, and Pittsburgh should challenge the pitcher. They haven’t been a great offense in the second half of the season, but any offense is tough for Wainwright.
The Pirates rank 16th in MLB in strikeouts. Wainwright either won’t be on the mound long enough to record four strikeouts or won’t have the pitches to get swings and misses.
Justin Verlander’s out-recorded total is listed at 18.5 on DraftKings Sportsbook for -165. The price is juiced, but it’s worth taking as the Boston Red Sox are a quality offense, and we don’t see Verlander going deeper than six innings.
At this point in the season, it’s a lot to ask a pitcher to return to the mound for the seventh inning. This is tough for any pitcher, even the reigning Cy Young winner Justin Verlander. Verlander is also coming off a start where he got lit up against the Marlins in five innings.
He allowed nine hits with five runs and just two strikeouts on the night. In his three starts with the Astros this season, he has gone over six innings once against the Yankees. Yet, the Red Sox offense is much better than New York, and we see this nightly.
The Red Sox rank third in MLB in batting average. They aren’t as talented on the road but can still hit the baseball. There are power hitters throughout the lineup, and the group is getting tougher now, with players like Trevor Story getting healthy.
The Angels and White Sox game was rained out on Monday night and pushed to Tuesday as a doubleheader. We were leaning on the under of nine runs in this game Monday because of the ideal pitching matchup.
Graham Ashcraft’s ERA is better on the road, while Lucas Giolito is stronger at home. For this prop, we will focus on Giolito’s strikeout ability. The pitcher has been a monster at home this season, with a 2.62 ERA and an opponent batting average of .184.
He has also recorded 150 strikeouts in 142 innings. Giolito’s strikeout total is listed at 6.5, and he can easily hit this number against the Reds. Cincinnati is sixth in MLB for most strikeouts, so the pairing is perfect on Tuesday night.
Giolito has gone over this total once in his past three games, but he has faced some really good offenses as of late. He had five strikeouts against the Rangers in his last start, but he hung tough over six innings. Giolito will excel on Tuesday night.
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Tanner Kern has been working in the betting industry since 2020. He currently is a social media content creator at DraftKings and contributes to multiple sites in addition to WSN, including Forbes and VSiN. He is also the cohost of the podcast Ride the Line at WSN.More info on Tanner Kern
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