Acquiring Lance Lynn from the Texas Rangers is turning out to be a fantastic offseason move in hindsight for the Chicago White Sox.
The righty has put together a strong start to his 2021 season, sporting a 1.20 ERA and a 0.911 WHIP. He also hasn't given up an earned run in four of his last five starts.
Lynn is well positioned for another stellar start tonight, as he’s set to take the mound against the Detroit Tigers, who have been the worst offense in the American League this season averaging 3.71 runs per game.
WynnBET currently has Lynn’s strikeout total set at 7.5 for tonight’s game, with the over presenting a lot of value at +100 odds.
Lynn has only surpassed this number in three of his nine starts this season, but he’s now facing a Tigers team that is dead last in Major League Baseball in strikeout rate. Detroit has a team strikeout percentage of 28% this season, which means over a quarter of the Tigers' at bats end in a strikeout. Their mark of 28% is 0.5% higher than the next worst team, the Tampa Bay Rays.
The White Sox are sizable -225 favorites against the Tigers (+175), and the total is set at eight runs.
Despite Lynn’s eye-popping statistics to start the season, he’s still only fourth on the odds list to win the American League Cy Young award at +1000. Gerrit Cole (+325), Shane Bieber (+425) and Tyler Glasnow (+550) are all listed above Lynn, even though all three arms have a higher ERA than Lynn through the first two months of the season.
Lynn, who finished sixth in AL Cy Young voting last season, will have a great opportunity to make a statement tonight against the Tigers.