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From months to weeks to now days, the start of the 2021 Major League Baseball season has almost arrived, with predictions as easy to find and meaningless spring training highlights. Along with those predictions are prop bets being offered by bookmakers for the 2021 MLB season. These are some of more interesting 2021 MLB prop bets that I found this week.
The Los Angeles Angels are still trying to find ways to turn Japanese import Shohei Ohtani into a two-way Major League player. Their problem has been that the 26-year-old pitcher and hitter has hard a hard time staying healthy, forcing him to spend more time rehabbing than homering or recording strikeouts.
This spring training, the Angels said that Ohtani would not be in the starting lineup as a hitter on the days he pitches or the day before or after every start, putting his bat out of the lineup three of every five days on average. That’s why when I saw a number of 69.5 for the number of runs batted in for Ohtani, I could not believe it. Even if the Angels, led by manager Joe Maddon tried to have Ohtani hit on the days he pitches (something they have done during spring training), I just don’t see how he will get enough at-bats to reach 70 RBIs this season, making this a sucker’s MLB prop bet and one that I will take the under on in a heartbeat.
Here’s another good one.
Do you think Ronald Acuna, Jr. can go 30/30 this season or even 40/40 with his home runs and stolen bases? If you do, then the oddsmakers at betonline.ag have some prop bets for you. That’s before the talented Atlanta outfielder has over/under number of 39.5 home runs and 29.5 stolen bases, numbers that Acuna surpassed in 2019 when he hit 41 round-trippers and swiped 37 bags.
When hitting 41 HRs two years ago, that made up one-fifth of his total hits (175), when you add in another 22 doubled and 2 triples, a full one-third of his times reaching base via a hit would not permit him to steal. During the same season he walked about once every two games, something he improved upon in last year’s Covid shortened season, walking nearly one per game. Despite that, because of what I am hearing from pitchers when it comes to improved baseballs, not only do I think Acuna’s home run totals will drop, so will his stolen bases since he will strike out more and not reach bases as much. Thus, proving him to be a product of Rob Manfred’s juiced baseballs.
How about another.
What will Kris Bryant do in his (presumably) final season on Chicago’s North Side? With the Cubs star dealing with an entire offseason of trade rumors and expressing his unhappiness with the organization, there’s a chance the versatile and talented player may not even end the season in the Windy City. Making him one of the wild-card players for the 2021 season, and his team one to watch if you like drama.
When it comes to the stat sheet, however, betonline.ag doesn’t seem much more than an average season from Bryant during his farewell performance, with an over/under of 25.5 home runs and 72.5 runs batted in, it may be difficult for the 29-year-old heading into free agency this coming winter. I, for one, am still a Bryant believer, and with the chips on the table this season, I expect him to have a big season for the Cubs while also being traded before the deadline to a contender if his team falls out of the playoff picture. Either way, I think one player I am confident in saying will rip the cover off the baseball most of this season is Kris Bryant; that’s why taking the over on this very low and reachable number is a no-brainer for me.
Here’s one more.
Giancarlo Stanton had more at-bats during the shortened 2020 season than he did in all of 2019, with both seasons being cut short by injuries. Now 31, Stanton has earned a reputation of being so overly muscle bound that he is unable to stay healthy with his “grip it and rip it” swings. The New York Yankees would love to see him reach the 35 home runs and 90 runs batted, which are his over/under total heading into the 2021 season, because that would mean he has stayed healthy most of the year.
I, for one, don’t believe in Stanton at all, and believe that he is a pulled muscle waiting to happen, which has proven difficult for him to deal with since moving north and playing in colder weather early in the season. As a result, there’s no way I can take him on any over prop bet, including this season with pitchers telling us there’s a level playing field with the baseballs again, because all that tells me is Giancarlo Stanton will have a lot of strikeouts, check swings, and probably some injuries to deal with most of the 2021 season, making him an under bet if I ever saw one.
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