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Handicapper and MLB player prop specialist John Hyslop is back again this Tuesday, with another top strikeout prop bet to add. This time his pick comes from the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Yankees matchup eyeing Jameson Taillon.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Yankees Best Bet: Can Jameson Taillon Stack K's on O'Neil Cruz and Pittsburgh?

Do you know what makes people happy? YOLO bets. We're talking moneylines higher than +300. Nobody knows why people get so fired up betting these things. They just do. And who are we to question science? That's why I think it would be smart to have a YOLO bet on the card every single night. It just makes sense. Lucky for us, there is a perfect YOLO bet tonight in the Pittsburgh Pirates/New York Yankees game. It's got everything. Strikeouts, revenge, possible bad weather, everything. Best of all, this thing is priced at +400. That's called living the dream people.

Pirates vs. Yankees Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: July 5, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:05 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: MLB.TV

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Yankees Prediction

Jameson Taillon 7+ Strikeouts (+400) (Bet $100 to win $400)

*Odds Available at FanDuel*

Obviously, we're at FanDuel for this one since they have the ladders. I know I've said this before, but at some point, someone at one of these other books has to listen. Every site should have ladders. This is non-negotiable. Ladders are everything to everyone. Having the opportunity to drop a bet that is +360 on something that could actually happen is pure ecstasy. Everyone knows that.

Jameson Taillon used to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Everyone knows that. The Pirates drafted him number two overall in 2010. Right after Bryce Harper and right before Manny Machado. This guy was supposed to be a stud. I'm not saying he didn't pan out but let's just say Harper and Machado have had a little more success. Still, Taillon made his way to the Yankees organization, so there is that.

Point is, I bet Taillon hates the Pirates a little. Not full-on hate you read about, but the kind of hate you just bury deep inside in the hopes that it goes away. But it doesn't. The thing is, Taillon could channel this hate into his matchup tonight. I get that he's only reached 7+ strikeouts twice in 15 starts, but he's also ended up with six twice, so he's been close a couple of times too. But it's not just his hatred that he has for the Pirates (probably) that we have going for us, though.

If Taillon is going to punch out seven guys in a game, it's likely going to be against a lineup like Pittsburgh's. Over the last two weeks, only one team in MLB has struck out more than the Pittsburgh Pirates. We're talking 134 times in just 441 at-bats. Yikes. They've got six guys that legit could be in the lineup tonight that have whiffed in at least 33% of their at-bats over that span. There are two more that are in the 22+% range. The rain could make this one tricky, but I bet Taillon will be done by the time it starts. If it even rains. This is a great YOLO bet.

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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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