- BetOnline and BetUS have MLB Season Player Props for every team across the majors
- Oddsmakers set a 34.5 home run total for New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge
- Gerrit Cole has exceeded his 2021 strikeout total (265.5) twice in his career to date
With the 2021 MLB season just days away, the New York Yankees are once again favored to win the American League pennant despite not playing in the World Series for the past 12 years.
Whether the boys in pinstripes finally get back to baseball’s biggest stage will depend on the performances of the club’s biggest stars. Let’s look at a few of the fun player props available for the Bronx Bombers and place our bets. And check out our MLB 2021 betting guide for further wagering tips and advice.
Aaron Judge Total HRs 2021 Season
|Over 34½ Total HRs||-115|
|Under 34½ Total HRs||-115|
Can Judge stay healthy?
Aaron Judge hasn’t played 120 games in a season since blasting 52 long balls in his 2017 rookie campaign. But while that makes him a bad bet to win the 2021 home run title, can the Yankees slugger exceed his 34.5 total?
The 28-year-old just hit his first long ball of the spring last Thursday (a monster 440-foot dinger) and entered the contest hitting an ugly .243 with a.297 slugging percentage and no RBIs in 14 games.
When questioned about his numbers, the 6-foot-7, 280-pound behemoth said, “The power is gonna be there.” Yet, some scouts believe his swing has gotten longer. And considering he’s missed 142 of a possible 384 games (37 percent) since the start of 2018, the UNDER seems like the safer swing.
“That could be the longest home run we have seen hit in Clearwater in quite some time.”
Aaron Judge hits his first home run of Spring Training! pic.twitter.com/daaM9XgfvU
— Talkin’ Yanks (@TalkinYanks) March 25, 2021
Gerrit Cole Total Strikeouts 2021 Season
|Over 265½ Total Strikeouts||-115|
|Under 265½ Total Strikeouts||-115|
Cole will need to be a workhorse
Oddsmakers set a lofty 265.5 strikeout total for Gerrit Cole after he enjoyed an impressive debut season in pinstripes. The right-hander exceeded that total in both 2018 (276 Ks) and 2019 (326 Ks) with the Astros, but his 11.6 hits strikeouts per 9 IP in 2020 were down from a career-high 13.8 in his last year in Houston.
There is a reason for concern that the MLB’s crackdown on the use of foreign substances could limit Cole’s effectiveness. Remember, he has been implicated for doctoring baseballs in the past. However, the 30-year-old looked just fine in the spring, posting a 2.45 ERA over five starts (18.1 innings pitched) with 24 strikeouts.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone says Cole is a candidate to work 200 innings this year (which he has accomplished three times in the past), and he’ll need every one of them to exceed his total. It will be close, but we prefer the UNDER.
Aroldis Chapman Total Saves 2021 Regular Season
|Over 35½ Total Saves||-115|
|Under 35½ Total Saves||-115|
Chapman adds a splitter to the repertoire
Aroldis Chapman‘s spring ERA jumped from 0.00 to 6.23 after he melted down against the Orioles on Friday, uncorking three wild pitches and allowing three earned runs on three hits in the ninth. But the more important news from spring training is the 33-year-old is incorporating a new splitter into a repertoire that already includes a 100 mph fastball and a nasty slider.
While 35.5 saves is an aggressive mark, the left-hander has topped that total five times in his career already and will be closing games for a Yankees club that has a 95.5 win total on BetOnline. We like Chapman to hit the OVER.
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