MLB Bets: Take Braxton Garrett's Strikeout Over Against Struggling Reds

It is time to introduce you to a money-making strikeout machine that you probably never have heard of.

Meet Miami Marlins left-handed starting pitcher Braxton Garrett.

Garrett recorded 33 strikeouts in July and he had 26 punch outs in three straight starts against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.

Garrett gets to face the Reds for the second time in quick succession on Tuesday night and he should be able to produce another appearance worth of volume strikeouts.

Garrett is far from the only pitcher that has my attention on the Tuesday night slate. There are plenty of opportunities on the board to take advantage of hurlers facing struggling teams that may be weaker by the time the first pitch happens.

Braxton Garrett Over 5.5 Strikeouts (+100)

Braxton Garrett struck out 11, 7 and 8 batters in his last three starts.

Look, I'm not going to call Garrett the second coming of Sandy Koufax, but he has been reliable when it comes to strikeouts against bad teams.

Garrett produced eight strikeouts against a Reds lineup that is striking out at a high rate recently. Cincinnati has 54 strikeouts in the last seven days, which is the sixth-most in MLB, and it ranks seventh in MLB over the last 15 days in strikeouts.

The Reds also have the seventh-most strikeouts in the majors against left-handed pitching. That was evident in Garrett's start against them on Wednesday.

Cincinnati's lineup could be weaker by the time first pitch happens, so that could make Garrett's value grow even more for the Tuesday night game.

Triston McKenzie Over 5.5 Strikeouts (-175)

Cleveland's Triston McKenzie has been superb at home over his last few starts inside Progressive Field.

The tall right-handed hurler produced six or more strikeouts in each of his last four home starts over the last two months. His crown jewel of those outings was a 12-strikeout outing versus the Detroit Tigers.

McKenzie's Tuesday opponent, the Arizona Diamondbacks, do not have awful strikeout numbers, like the Reds do, but they can be susceptible to high strikeout numbers on occasion.

Arizona does not have many threatening bats within its lineup and this could be more of a case for McKenzie overpowering the DBacks at home than Arizona not swinging the bat well.

I'm willing to go with McKenzie's home form here over what the DBacks are capable of doing at the plate.

Corbin Burnes Over 7.5 Strikeouts (-160)

Corbin Burnes has one of the biggest mismatches on the MLB slate against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Burnes reached the double-digit strikeout mark in three of his last four starts and he hit the eight-strikeout mark in seven of his last 10 appearances.

Burnes already hit the over on this total once this season against the Pirates and he is well positioned to do so again on Tuesday versus a Pirates lineup that has been weakened in recent weeks.

The only concern with this prop is walks. Burnes issued 10 walks in both June and July and he has not reached the seventh inning in his last two starts. That should change against a Pirates team that will struggle to get to the finish line in 2022.

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