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MLB props: Four power pitchers to watch in 2013

Chicks dig the long ball, but there’s nothing that gets their juices flowing like a 100 mph fastball. Power pitchers are fun to watch and there is value in some of the pitching props being offered this season.

We take a look at the two traditional power-pitching props and point out a few sleepers to watch for in 2013:

All odds courtesy of William Hill U.S.

MLB Strikeout Leader

YU DARVISH +500
JUSTIN VERLANDER +500
CLAYTON KERSHAW +550
STEVE STRASBURG +700
COLE HAMELS +800
FELIX HERNANDEZ +800
MAX SCHERZER +1000
CLIFF LEE +1000
JAMES SHIELDS +1200
DAVID PRICE +1200
YOVANI GALLARDO +1500
MATT MOORE +1500
TIM LINCECUM +2000
GIO GONZALEZ +2000
CC SABATHIA +3000
CHRIS SALE +3000
ZACH GREINKE +6000
RA DICKEY +6000
MADISON BUMGARNER +6000
FIELD +2800

Potential sleepers:

Aroldis Chapman – Cincinnati Reds

Some books may have overlooked the fact that the 2012 Reds’ closer is making the move to the starting rotation in 2013. The hard-throwing lefty almost always exceeds 100 mph with his fastball and racked up an unbelievable 122 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings last season. It’s scary to think about how many batters he can whiff if he pitches between 170-200 innings as a starter this campaign. Chapman isn’t on this odds list, so he has great value at +2800 under the “field” category.

Brandon Morrow – Toronto Blue Jays

Morrow has been plagued with injuries the past few seasons, but he’s healthy now and poised to do some damage in 2013. The righty accumulated 108 strikeouts in 124.2 innings pitched last season and has a career 9.83 K/9 innings ratio. The flamethrower will be pitching behind knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in the Blue Jays rotation this year. This is important because hitters could potentially have serious timing issues with Morrow’s blazing fastball after seeing Dickey’s dancing knuckler the day before.

MLB Saves Leader

JONATHAN PAPELBON +600
CRAIG KIMBREL +600
JIM JOHNSON +700
JOHN AXFORD +700
FERNANDO RODNEY +800
SERGIO ROMO +800
JASON MOTTE +1000
RAFAEL SORIANO +1000
JOEL HANRAHAN +1200
TOM WILHELMSEN +800
JOE NATHAN +1500
JONATHAN BROXTON +2000
MARIANO RIVERA +2000
ADDISON REED +3000
HOUSTON STREET +3000
GRANT BALFOUR +4000
BRANDON LEAGUE +4000
CHRIS PEREZ +5000
JJ PUTZ +5000
 FIELD +1200

Potential sleepers:


Jason Grilli – Pittsburgh Pirates


The departure of Joel Hanrahan to Boston has opened the door for Grilli to assume the closer’s role for the Bucs in 2013. The journeyman reliever struck out a whopping 90 batters in 58 2/3 innings last year, picking up 32 holds in the process. The Pirates added veteran catcher Russell Martin and lefty Francisco Liriano in the offseason in an attempt to get over the hump and into the playoffs this campaign.

Ryan Madson – Los Angeles Angels

Ernesto Frieri is projected to close out games for the Angels but he has stiff competition from newly acquired Ryan Madson, who is a year removed from Tommy John surgery. Let's not forget how successful Madson was as a closer in 2011 for the Phillies: 32-for-34 in save chances, with a 2.52 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 55 appearances after taking over the full-time gig. The Angels are sure to rack up a ton of wins and Madson could be a top closer if he can dethrone Frieri and return to his previous form. Manager Mike Scioscia isn't sure if Madson will be ready for Opening Day, but thinks he is a lock to return at some point in April.

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Posted by oldtexx
1 year ago

ANY amount on Chapman would be good @ that price................
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Posted by Philly215
1 year ago

Madson's a bum
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Posted by oldtexx
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"ANY amount on Chapman would be good @ that price................"