A struggling James Kaprielian takes to the mound against the Mariners, and he’s a top target as we break down one of our best MLB strikeout props for today.
The sophomore is slumping badly in his second season, and while the Mariners aren’t exactly a menacing matchup, they have been sneaky great on K props all year. Let’s dive in.
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Best MLB Strikeout Props (6/21)
James Kaprielian Under 4.5 Strikeouts (-150 BetMGM)
Line Notes: Would play to -160.
It’s a lot of juice – more than we ever really like to play – but we still see value here, given Kap’s poor sophomore form and the matchup.
He’s hit this number in just two of his nine starts, going under in five straight with a max of three strikeouts.
He’s just been bad across the board and now owns a 6.31 ERA and 1.50 WHIP to go along with his bottom-9th percentile 14.7% Krate.
There’s nothing evident in his underlying numbers to suggest that a turnaround is imminent: Kap ranks:
- In the bottom-9th percentile in xERA
- Bottom-16th in xBA
- Bottom-8th in xSLG & xwOBA
- Average Exit Velocity in the bottom-20th percentile
Strikeless in Seattle
Seattle is a strange opponent when it comes to K props.
They’re the definition of mediocre in the strikeout department with just the 15th-best team K% on the season and rank 26th in runs scored.
However, if you dig a little deeper you’ll find they have the 8th-best Swinging Strike rate, a metric that we’ve found to be the most predictive when it comes to strikeouts. They also own the 10th-best wRC+ on the year, suggesting their lineup packs more of a punch than the counting numbers would suggest.
The combination of solid underlying numbers and the public perception of a poor offense has made the Mariners an incredible value for under bettors this year:
- They have the second-best under rate in the league at 70%
- They’re even better against righties, forcing unders 75% of the time
- Eight of the last 10 starters to face the Mariners have gone under their closing line
Giving playable 4.5 lines to Kaprielian at this point is a little generous, particularly in a sneaky-tough matchup.
In this case, the juice is worth the squeeze.