It is a light day around the Majors with only seven games on the slate. Regardless of the schedule, here are three MLB Prop Picks from Monkey Knife Fight to help get your week started on the right foot.
Jung Ho Kang- Pittsburgh Pirates- Under 1.5 Total Bases versus Arizona Diamondbacks
Jung Ho Kang has failed to sustain any type of offensive attack with the stick this season. Kang is slashing a putrid .133/.204/.300 with four homers in 98 plate appearances.
Kang will face D-backs hurler Robbie Ray and it is unlikely the results will favor the Pirates third baseman. Ray is striking out hitters at an 11.3 K per nine inning clip and Kang has fanned in nearly one-third of his trips to the plate this season.
Kang has not registered a hit since April 26th and is a safe pick for the under in today’s play. Take the under and let the Arizona pitcher be your Monday prop pick “Ray” of sunshine.
David Hess- Baltimore Orioles- Under 3.5 Strikeouts versus New York Yankees
Initially, on its face, this seemed like a low total for David Hess, who is averaging 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings this year. However, the Yankees have already faced Hess this season and shelled him for three homers in five innings of work. The Orioles hurler only managed two strikeouts before hitting the showers on that occasion.
Hess also has five starts where he has struck out three batters or less this season, although he is fresh off a five-strikeout affair versus the Red Sox. The Yankees are hitting their stride, having won seven of their last 10 and sit just a half game out of first place in the American League East.
Put your faith in the Bronx Bombers in this one and plan for Hess to get chased before his strikeout total eclipses the over.
Jose Berrios- Minnesota Twins- Under 5.5 Strikeouts versus Los Angeles Angels
In three of his last four starts Twins ace, Jose Berrios has surprisingly fanned just five hitters. Today, Berrios faces Mike Trout and his Angels contingent, who actually lead the Majors with the fewest strikeouts.
The Angels have struck out just 236 times this season, which equates to just 5.9 times a game. Coupled with Berrios’ recent drop in strikeouts, this makes the under a strong prop play.
Don’t get me wrong, the Twins will win the contest, but you can also win with the under on this one.
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