MLB Pitchers-Future Bets, Cole Favorite in Two Major Categories

MLB Offers Multitudes of Pitching Future Bets

As the 2023 Major League Baseball season nears, many look to future wagers as a way to keep engaged throughout the year without having to pour over MLB betting lines every day.

The key is knowing how to attack each prop bet because looking at MLB player stats from last season will only tell you where a player has been when we want to know where they’re going. Let’s go through a few of the MLB Pitchers future betting props that we feel give you the best chance to cash a big ticket this season.

Cole Favorite to Be Strikeout Leader

New York Yankees Gerrit Cole is the favorite (+500) to lead Major League Baseball in strikeouts, followed by Corbin Burns from the Milwaukee Brewers (+800) and Max Scherzer (+1000) from the New York Mets. Cole led the league last year with 257 k’s, 14 more than Burns who threw 202 innings to Cole’s 200.2 innings.

Now that baseball has gone to a more balanced schedule it favors pitchers like Cole more because Burns will have fewer games against the Pittsburgh Pirates or Cincinnati Reds, teams he racked up 43 k’s against in six starts. Both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati hit below .185 against Burns.

Let’s also remember how the Brewers decide to take Burns to arbitration in the offseason, a move that didn’t sit well with the 2x all-star. We’re not sure if that will be a distraction for Burns who is likely to be moved before the end of the season.

In his career, Corbin has averaged 4.96 strikeouts per game, before jumping up to 7.36 last year. We don’t think Corbin will be the one to knock Cole off his pedestal. In addition to Cole, we suggest a look further down the list to the Miami Marlins, Sandy Alcantara (+2500).

First, you want to know your bet is behind a durable pitcher who is going to give you plenty of innings and that’s exactly what we have in Alcantara who threw 228.2 innings last season, or 28 more than Cole. Despite the distance in innings pitched, Alcantara was 50 k’s behind Cole or about three and a half less than Cole per start.

Every projection shows Alcantara at about 8.4 k’s per nine this season, and factoring in the same amount of starts as last season (32), that would put the former Cy Young Award winner at 268.8 strikeouts which will be more than enough to win the strikeout crown. Let’s continue our look at the MLB pitchers future bets options by looking at who will own the most wins in 2023.

Wright Wins 21 Last season, 24th Option This Year

With only one 20-game winner in 2022 and 99 others with at least 10 wins, this prop is a crap shoot. To further that point, Braves starter Kyle Wright won 21 games last season to lead the lead, this season he’s +4000, or the 24th-best option.

Once again, Gerrit Cole is the favorite (+700) and is worth another future wager. The second favorite is 12-game winner Corbin Burns (+800). The 28-year-old is in the prime of his career and bearing injury will make 30+ starts.

For the reasons mentioned above, Burns should get plenty of chances to go deep into games as he’s going to be showcased as the season gets toward the trade deadline. Every season in his career has been better than the year before in terms of wins.

His 6.12 innings pitched per start should increase this season as it has every year in his five-year career. There wasn’t one month where hitters held a batting average of .225 or better. The key is getting ahead for any pitcher, but very few did it better than Corbin when hitters were in a 2-2 count situation, limiting hitters to a .101 average.

Important because it indicates that when a count could swing in the hitters’ direction with another ball, Burns made sure to control the rest of the at-bat with a prolific cutter and efficient curveball. We continue our MLB pitching future bet report by moving over to the bullpen.

Mets Closer MLB favorite to Be Save Leader

With 32 saves a year ago, Mets closer Edwin Diaz is the favorite (+800) to lead baseball in saves in 2023. Diaz finished 8th last season but figures to be in plenty of spots to close out games with the Mets who are favored to win the National League East.

In high-leverage situations last season, opposing hitters managed to hit just .158. As long as the Mets live up to their expectations, Diaz should have plenty of chances to get close to that 40-save range. You may want to put a long-shot wager in on Ryan Helsley from the St. Louis Cardinals who are the favorites to win the National League Central.

Helsley (+1600) finished with 19 saves last year, his best season in the majors. Over the last two years, the former fifth-round draft pick is 15-5, with 68 hits allowed in 112 innings. At +1600, with a team that should be in that 85-90 win range, Helsley is a decent long shot to have your money behind.

That does it for our look at Major League Baseball’s pitching future bet report. Overall the favorites are the right play when it comes to wins and saves, but there are other options to keep this season interesting.

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