Happy Friday, baseball fans! Another weekend is upon us, which means another weekend of MLB player props and best bets! For tonight, Friday, June 17th, we’ll be taking a look at a few MLB player props on both sides of the diamond. There are a handful of pitcher strikeouts props as well as hitter total bases props that I have my eye on for tonight. Let’s get right into these MLB player props and best bets for Friday, June 17th!
MLB Player Props: Strikeouts & Total Bases Best Bets – Friday, June 17th
Strikeouts Best Bets
Lucas Giolito Over 5.5 Strikeouts (+106)
Giolito has been on a strikeout tear this season. He has 70 punchouts in just 53.1 innings. This isn’t unusual for the South Side righthander, either. Last season he hit the 200-strikeout mark with 201 K’s in 178.2 innings.
As far as game-by-game strikeouts go, Giolito has hit the 6+ mark in 8 of 10 starts so far this season. That includes eight strikeouts in his last start and seven or more in four of his last five. Last season, he had six strikeouts in 20 of 31 starts, including an eight-strikeout performance in a complete game against the Astros. Houston is putting the ball in play a lot this season, but Giolito has what it takes to rack up the strikeouts and I love this prop at plus odds.
MacKenzie Gore Over 4.5 Strikeouts (+105)
I’m looking at another plus-odds prop here from an up-and-coming youngster. Gore has been hit or miss this season in the strikeout department. He’s hit the five-strikeout mark in six of his 10 starts, including two 10-strikeout games and another one where he struck out nine batters. But then he had a two-strikeout start against Cleveland and three strikeouts in two starts, including last time out against these Rockies.
However, Gore has not gone under 4.5 strikeouts in back-to-back starts this season and had 19 strikeouts in 13 innings prior to being pulled with three strikeouts in just 2.1 innings on Saturday. As long as he can get out of the fourth or fifth inning, Gore should be cashing this prop tonight.
Total Bases Best Bets
Jose Ramirez Over 1.5 Total Bases (+132)
Ramirez is somehow being overlooked because he’s having an amazing season. He’s hitting .306 with a .399 OBP and 1.048 OPS. Sure, he has a tough matchup tonight against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, but he’s on fire.
He’s picked up 2+ total bases in eight straight, in 18 of his last 29, and 32 of 59 on the season. That’s over 50% for the season and well over it more recently. His streak may finally end tonight, but I can’t pass on the value of +132 on this bet.
Brandon Drury Over 1.5 Total Bases (-103)
Drury has been a pleasant surprise this season for the Reds. He’s nearly matched his career-high in home runs (16) with 13 through 54 games, and he has 11 doubles to go along with those dingers. He’s been crushing left-handed pitching with a .302 average and .969 OPS compared to .259 and .818 vs. RHP. He has five of his 13 HR against LHP in 53 at-bats.
This is another player that’s been hot. He has 2+ total bases in four of his last five, nine of his last 11, and 11 of his last 14 games. This isn’t quite a plus-odds bet, but it’s close enough.