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Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in MLB Baseball

Jun 21, 2021 · 8:12 AM PDT

Nick Castellanos celebrates a home run
Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos reacts to hitting a solo home run during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Cincinnati, Monday, April 5, 2021. The Reds won 5-3. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
  • There are eight games of MLB action set for Monday, June 21st
  • Player props have been posted for six games as of Monday morning
  • See the available best player props plus best bets for Monday’s games

There are eight MLB games on tap for Monday, June 21st. As always, that means there are plenty of MLB player props also available for wagering purposes.

National League East rivals the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets will play a doubleheader. Mets ace and NL Cy Young Award-favorite Jacob deGrom is expected to take the mound in the opener.

Cleveland right-hander Aaron Civale brings his 10-2 record to the hill at Wrigley Field to face the Chicago Cubs. The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres renew their intense NL West rivalry.

The table below outlines the best hitter and pitcher props available for June 21st games.

Best MLB Player Props for Monday, June 21st

Player (Team) Prop Odds at DraftKings
Matt Olson (OAK) To Hit 1+ Home Run +270
Ramon Laureano (OAK) To Hit 1+ Home Run +450
Tyler Mahle (CIN) Over 5.5 Strikeouts -136
Nick Castellanos (CIN) To Get 1.5+ Hits +160
Joey Votto (CIN) To Hit 1+ Home Run +450

Odds as of June 21st.

Reds Going To Their Happ-y Place

His May mess is continuing into a June swoon for Minnesota Twins lefthander JA Happ. He’s 3-3 with a 6.12 ERA for the 2021 season.

However, since the beginning of May, it’s been a downward spiral for Happ. His last quality start was April 28. His ERA since the calendar turned to May is 8.68. Opposition hitters are touching Happ for a 1.035 OPS over that span.

This bodes well for Cincinnati Reds hitters Nick Castellanos and Joey Votto. Castellanos, who leads the NL in batting average (.344) and hits (89), wears out Happ even in the best of times. He’s batting .563 (9-for-16) in his career off of Happ, including four home runs.

In general, Castellanos hits well against all southpaws. He’s batting .351 against lefties in 2021 with an OPS of 1.032. That jumps up to 1.075 when facing lefthanded starters. He’s homered four times in 57 at-bats against lefties. Three of those dingers came off of southpaw starters. Castellanos is +160 to get +1.5 hits against the Twins on Monday.

To a lesser extent, consider a play on Joey Votto as well. The Reds first baseman is 1-for-2 against Happ. But that one was a homer. Votto has homered three times in 27 at-bats against lefthanded starters. Votto is +450 to hit a home run in Monday’s game.

Sticking with Cinci, another solid prop play is the over on strikeouts for starting pitcher Tyler Mahle. Mahle over 5.5 strikeouts is set at odds of -136. The righthander has fanned at least six batters in each of his past four starts. That includes a career high 12 in his last start.

Picks: Nick Castellanos 1.5+ hits (+160); Tyler Mahle over 5.5 strikeouts (-136)

A’s Take Gibson Deep

It’s difficult to find fault with Kyle Gibson this season. The Texas Rangers righthander is 4-0 with a team-leading 2.09 ERA. However, at least two Oakland Athletics hitters have unlocked the key to taking Gibson over the fence.

A’s first baseman Matt Olson is 7-for-14 lifetime against Gibson. Three of those seven hits are home runs.

Oakland center-fielder Ramon Laureano is batting .538 off of Gibson (7-for-13). He’s clouted a pair of home runs against Gibson.

Olson (+270) and Laureano (+450) are solid home run bets on their own. Or you could parlay them. A $20 parlay would bring a profit of $387.

Picks: Ramon Laureano 1+ home run (+450); Matt Olson 1+ home run (+270)

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