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Handicapper John Hyslop provides an early look into today's scheduled MLB starting pitchers and lineups and provides us a few names to look out for on Friday's betting slate.

Friday Early MLB Looks: What Starting Pitchers Should Be on Today's Strikeout Watch?

If I had to classify yesterday as a "thing", I'd call it a strikeout. That's literally what it was and nobody knows strikeouts like me. Nobody. I ONLY watch baseball games for the strikeouts. That's it. One noticeable thing about strikeouts is a lot of times guys don't come up and strike out again the next time they're up. Believe me, I wish they did but it doesn't happen as much as you would think. Knowing that I think we're safe to step back up to the plate again tonight. Lucky for us, there are 14 MLB games on tonight so there literally has to be a matchup for us to take advantage of. There just has to be. We don't have lineups yet, but we'll be ready when we do.

Remember, we need to see AT LEAST five of these batters in these lineups when they are released. If that happens, get ready to fire away. Be somebody today.

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Padres vs. Pirates - 9:40 pm ET

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Pitcher Target - Jose Quintana 5+ Strikeouts (+150) (Bet $100 to Win $150)

Padres To Look For When Lineup Is Released:

  • Jorge Alfaro (53.8% strikeout rate vs left-handers)
  • Luke Voit (30.6% strikeout rate vs left-handers)
  • Jose Azocar (29.6% strikeout rate vs left-handers)
  • Jake Cronenworth (28.6% strikeout rate vs left-handers)
  • Will Myers (26.3% strikeout rate vs left-handers)

Athletics vs. Rangers - 9:40 pm ET

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Pitcher Target - Cole Irvin 5+ Strikeouts (+148) (Bet $100 to Win $148)

Rangers To Look For When Lineup Is Released:

  • Brad Miller (44.4% strikeout rate vs left-handers)
  • Sam Huff (42.9% strikeout rate vs left-handers)
  • Eli White (35.1% strikeout rate vs left-handers)
  • Adolis Garcia (32.7% strikeout rate vs left-handers)
  • Charlie Culberson (24.3% strikeout rate vs left-handers)

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John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it. His work has appeared on Rotogrinders and he has been a regular on sports talk radio stations across the country. Based in the US, John operates a blog & podcast, Sports Bets Beers, which covers betting angles in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL.


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