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Handicapper and MLB player prop specialist John Hyslop is back again this Wednesday with another top strikeout prop bet to add. This time his pick comes from the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins matchup eyeing stud right-hander Sandy Alcantara.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins Prediction: Can Sandy Alcantara Mow Down Paul Goldschmidt and St. Louis?

We need a little night time action. Sure betting baseball during the day is fun. Having action during the evening time is fun too. But having action from 1:00-6:30pm really isn't all that great without something backing it up at 7:00pm. Seriously, we're not betting all day just to take the night off. Obviously we need to bet something but I have to come clean. I really don't like much on the night slate. It feels like the books are trying to make us give back all the cash we took during the day. Dirtbag move if you ask me. So what I do in a situation like this is take a good pitcher at plus money. Lucky for us, the Marlins have one going at 7:45pm against the St. Louis Cardinals. The books are in disagreement on the price which is a good thing for us. We like chaos on the streets.

Cardinals vs. Marlins Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: June 29, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:45 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: MLB.TV

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins Prediction

Sandy Alcantara Over 5.5 Strikeouts (+116) (Bet $100 to win $116)

*Odds Available at FanDuel*

I'm playing this one at FanDuel because they've got the plus money. If you go to DraftKings, they have the exact same number but it is listed at -105. That's still better than BetMGM as they have 5.5 (-110). At the end of the day, I'd still play that if I had to, but knowing I could have had +116 would ruin the experience for me. It just doesn't feel right.

This guy is a tough one to back because you either see 5.5 for -150 or more or 6.5. That's crap and we all know it. The guy only has 94 strikeouts in 106.1 innings of work. He shouldn't cost that much. Still, he's partly to blame since he went out one time this season and sat down 14 Atlanta Braves. It's hard to go untouched when you're showing out like that. Still, 5.5 at plus money feels fair.

The issue with Alcantara is he can go out and get 14 or he can go out and get four. He's started 15 games this season and he's only reached six strikeouts in eight of those starts. In his defense, he's landed on five on five separate occasions. He seems like a guy that will get us right there. Another thing we have going for us is he's thrown at least 94 pitches in each of his last 14 starts. The Cardinals will have to get to him to get him out before he approaches 100 pitches.

Speaking of the Cardinals, I don't normally target them but they've been striking out a lot lately. We got them last night with Braxton Garrett and Alcantara has already broken them off for six once this season. Over the last two weeks, only five teams in MLB have struck out more than St. Louis. There are 11 guys that have fanned in at least 20% of their at-bats during that span that could be in the lineup tonight. This could actually be one of the sneakiest plays ever made when all is said and done.

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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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