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2024 MLB odds: How many strikeouts can Paul Skenes tally?
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2024 MLB odds: How many strikeouts can Paul Skenes tally?

Updated Jun. 7, 2024 1:31 p.m. ET

Despite it being his first MLB season, Paul Skenes has been pitching like anything but a rookie.

Through five starts, the Pittsburgh Pirates first-year pitcher has been impressive to say the least. He's 3-0 with a 3.0 ERA, allowing 21 hits in 27 innings. He's also walked only six and allowed just four home runs.

Most impressive, however? Skenes has 38 strikeouts to his name, including seven in his Major League debut against the Cubs on May 11 and 11 in his second career start on May 17, also against the Cubs. 

How many Ks can the 6-foot-6 right-hander register this season? 

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Let's check out the odds at FanDuel Sportsbook as of June 6.

Paul Skenes Regular Season Strikeouts

150+ strikeouts: +100 (bet $10 to win $20 total)
175+ strikeouts: +250 (bet $10 to win $35 total)
200+ strikeouts: +800 (bet $10 to win $90 total)

Currently, Skenes is averaging 12.7 strikeouts per nine innings. 

Paul Skenes strikes out Dodgers' Mookie Betts, Shohei Ohtani

In the Pirates' blockbuster matchup against the Dodgers on Wednesday night, Skenes struck out L.A. megastars Mookie Betts and Shohei Ohtani in the first inning. 

Ohtani, though, was eventually able to homer off Skenes in his second at-bat.

For added context on just how good Skenes has been through five starts — keep in mind, it's just five starts — former Padres ace Blake Snell finished atop the league in ERA last year with a 2.25 ERA. As mentioned, Skenes has a 3.0 ERA.

For bettors wanting to dive into other Skenes markets, his current NL Cy Young award odds are +20000. His NL Rookie of the Year odds sit at +320, second on the board behind Shota Imanaga at +135.

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