Kyle Harrison

Kyle Harrison

Height: 6-2
Weight: 200 lbs
Age: 22
San Francisco Giants

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The ScoreHarrison to power Giants over lowly Marlins

Find year-round coverage of betting news and insights for all sports by visiting our Betting section and subscribing to push notifications.We have an exciting 14-game slate ahead of us Monday night. Let's look at a few plays that pop off the page as we look to rebound from a tough Friday night for our best bets.Kyle Harrison: Over 16.5 outsHarrison has completed at least six innings in two of three starts this season. The lone failure came against a lethal Dodgers offense that hasn't allowed a single starting pitcher to reach that mark all season.The Giants are getting good length from their young pitcher, which should continue Monday night. To say the Marlins have struggled against lefties would be an understatement. They're as bad as it gets.The Marlins are sporting a .179 batting average and .256 xwOBA versus left-handed arms this season. They also have a league-worst barrel rate of just 3.8%. They don't hit for average, power, or generate walks.Harrison throws a ton of strikes and doesn't issue many free passes. That means the Marlins will need to string together hits to chase him from this game, which feels like a lot to ask from a team that isn't even hitting close to .200 versus pitchers of Harrison's handedness.Look for Harrison to pitch six innings (or more) and go over this number comfortably.Odds: -125 (playable to -160)Giants (-115) @ Marlins (-105)The Marlins are a complete disaster. They've won only three of 16 games this season and now have to deal with a promising lefty in Harrison. That isn't what the doctor ordered for a Marlins attack that underwhelms at the best of times.Harrison should be able to chew up innings against a completely inept lefty-hitting team that just so happens to have more plate appearances against lefties than anybody. The sample size will cross 300 in the first inning, so this isn't just a case of variance over a small amount of at-bats. There's a ton of evidence the Marlins are the worst offense in the majors versus left-handed arms.A.J. Puk will be scratched for the Marlins due to illness, allowing Edward Cabrera to make his season debut. Puk starting would've been preferable, but the Giants should still be in good shape versus Cabrera.The Giants have hit righties fairly well thus far. They rank 12th in xwOBA, tied for 13th in homers, and walk at an above-average rate. They're a competent offense.I don't think they'll need to provide Harrison too much support, given the Marlins' ineptitude at the dish.This is a good matchup for the Giants, who are a little slow out of the gate, to right the ship and get back on track.Bet: Giants (-115)Joe Musgrove: Under 17.5 outsMusgrove is off to a rocky start. He's allowed 14 runs through four games and posted alarmingly poor underlying numbers. At the top of the list is a .409 xwOBA, the second worst of all the pitchers projected to start a game Monday.Musgrove has pitched against a difficult string of opponents, already seeing prolific offenses like the Dodgers and Cubs. A date with the Brewers isn't exactly a step in the right direction.The Brewers are hitting .303 with a league-high 21 homers against right-handed pitching. They're making life miserable for opposing pitchers.In fact, only two starters have completed six innings against the Brewers this season. That's pretty remarkable given this will be Milwaukee's 15th game.Given Musgrove's struggles, and how well the Brewers have hit righties, this doesn't look like a good matchup for him to get back on track and pitch deep into the game.Odds: -115 (playable to -140)Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. You can follow him on X at @ToddCordell.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Monday, Apr 15, 2024

The ScoreCubs to start fast vs. struggling Rockies

Find year-round coverage of betting news and insights for all sports by visiting our Betting section and subscribing to push notifications.We split our MLB plays on Tuesday night. Shane Bieber soared over his strikeout line, but the Padres couldn't get the job done versus the Cardinals.Let's take a look at the best ways to attack Wednesday's card.Rockies (+170) @ Cubs (-200)The Cubs dropped their first two games of the campaign. They rebounded with three straight wins, in which time they've outscored opponents 26-7. They're playing great baseball.I expect that to continue Wednesday night against Cal Quantrill and the Rockies. Quantrill's struggled since early March, and his problems continued into his season opener. Dating back to spring training, he's allowed 32 hits and seven homers over his last 18.1 innings of work.He's not locating his pitches well and giving up a ton of hard contact. That spells trouble against a Cubs offense that leads the majors in xwOBA and walk rate against right-handed pitching. Chicago also sits second in contact rate, which only makes things harder on a pitcher who can't make batters miss.I expect the Cubs to get to Quantrill early and often. If Luke Little can hold his own against a Colorado team hitting .193 versus lefties thus far, Chicago should comfortably lead after five innings.Bet: Cubs F5 -0.5 (-125)Nick Pivetta: Under 1.5 walksPivetta is a very efficient pitcher. He's gone under his walk total in 20 of his past 30 starts, averaging exactly one walk per game in that span.It looks like he carried his elite control from last year into this season. Pivetta faced 21 batters in his debut against the Mariners and didn't issue a single free pass. He threw strikes at a higher rate than all of today's expected starters except Corbin Burnes and generated swings and misses on over 20% of his pitches.Pivetta couldn't ask for a better matchup than a road game versus the Athletics. Oakland's striking out a league-leading 32.8% of the time against right-handed pitching and owns a dreadful 64.1% contact rate - miles below the MLB average of 73.1%.The Athletics don't have much plate discipline and struggle to make contact. Pivetta should pile up the strikes - deserved or not - and work with plenty of favorable counts.Odds: -105 (playable to -125)Kyle Harrison: Under 5.5 strikeoutsHarrison has produced five strikeouts or fewer in seven of his eight career starts. The lone exception came against a young, inexperienced Reds team that plays with a free-swinging mentality.The Dodgers are a different beast. Harrison found that out last season when he generated only six strikeouts over two starts against them. I don't see a reason for a spike in production this time around.Los Angeles is near the top of the league in batting average, on-base percentage, barrel rate, xwOBA, and pretty much every other offensive category. The team is also as disciplined as anybody at the plate, swinging at only 45.7% of pitches this season - one of the lowest marks in the majors.Harrison has to challenge Dodgers batters with quality pitches over the zone and make them miss. That'll be a struggle for him.He's a talented pitcher, but Harrison hasn't shown the ability to overpower opponents and generate swings and misses in bulk. He posted just a 6.8% swinging strike rate in his season opener against the Padres.Look for Harrison to last around five innings and fail to pile up the strikeouts.Odds: -150 (playable to -175)Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. You can follow him on X at @ToddCordell.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Wednesday, Apr 3, 2024

The ScoreSnell to make Giants debut next Monday vs. Nationals

Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell will make his first start for the San Francisco Giants next Monday against the Washington Nationals at Oracle Park, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic.Snell will throw one more simulated game this week to prepare for his season debut.The 31-year-old was without a contract for most of the winter until San Francisco gave him a two-year, $62-million deal in late March. While he was hoping to pitch in the team's season-opening series against his former team in San Diego, Snell needed additional time to ramp up because of the late signing.In his most recent tune-up, which came Friday in extended spring training, Snell struck out 11 in four innings of work against the Giants' Double-A affiliate."I feel good. Just get more reps, get better and better, stronger and stronger," Snell said Sunday, according to Maria Guardado of "When we get out there, that will be the real tell of where I'm at and what I need to work on. I'll get better from there."The Giants have had to run with a bit of a makeshift rotation over the season's first few days due to Snell's absence. Daulton Jefferies, who was called up to start Sunday's game against the Padres, allowed nine runs (five earned) in just two innings of work.With Snell starting on Monday, the Giants will turn to Jordan Hicks for their home opener versus the Padres on Friday, according to Baggarly. Logan Webb and Kyle Harrison will start the final two games of this week's series in Los Angeles against the rival Dodgers.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Monday, Apr 1, 2024