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Cincinnati Reds vs. Tampa Bay Rays prediction and pick for Friday. Handicapper John Hyslop is targeting a Shane McClanahan prop pick. Can the Cy Young hopeful stay hot and miss bats on Friday? Find out here

Cincinnati Reds vs. Tampa Bay Rays Prediction: Shane McClanahan Continues Cy Young Bid Against Red

Anytime you see an absolute lock that has no chance of losing, you have to bet it. You just do. That's just how bets with no chance of losing work. Lucky for us, somebody at FanDuel dropped the ball big time. Like crazy bad. I would hate to see someone lose their job over this one but it may be time for FanDuel to send a message. We all need to have standards in this world and sometimes you have to do things to uphold those standards. Simple standards stuff there. Obviously someone at FanDuel lost their minds for a second and posted what I think might be the worst line I've ever seen. It looks like a cry for help or maybe the person is actually trying to get fired. Either way, I'm betting this one.

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Reds vs. Rays Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: July 8, 2022
  • Game Time: 6:40 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN+

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Cincinnati Reds vs. Tampa Bay Rays Pick

Shane McClanahan Over 6.5 Strikeouts (-132) (Bet $132 to win $100)

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We're at FanDuel here because I haven't seen this posted anywhere else. Not at DraftKings, not at BetMGM. Nowhere. Feels weird and it could be a trap but I don't think so. In fact, I think it's ladder time which is crazy since we need seven just to cash but we're talking Shane McClanahan here. Going 8+ (+148), 9+ (+250) or even 10+ (+470) isn't crazy. Just depends on how big of a legend you want to be.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Tampa Bay Rays Prediction

This Shane McClanahan guy is on an absolute tear but that's to be expected out of a guy with 274 strikeouts in 221.2 innings of work in his career. The thing you don't expect is to see a 6.5 next to those guys' names at the sportsbooks for a reasonable price. You just don't see stuff like that. Anytime a guy could easily go 10+ on any team he faces, his number shouldn't be 6.5. We call that common sense on the streets.

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So far this season, McClanahan has 133 strikeouts in just 98.1 innings of work. That's damn good. He's started 16 times and he's gone over 6.5 strikeouts in every game except one. The only time he didn't was against the Seattle Mariners way back on May 5th. He fanned five that day so it almost counts as covering. He was probably just tired from striking so many guys out in his previous starts.

Tonight, McClanahan gets the best possible team he could get when it comes to strikeouts in the Cincinnati Reds. Over the last two weeks, no team in MLB has struck out more than they have. We're talking about a team with four guys that could be in the lineup that have fanned at least 42% of the time in the last couple weeks. They've got another two 30+% guys and four more 25+% strikeout guys over that span. McClanahan could get over 6.5 by the second inning. Maybe even sooner.

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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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