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MLB Friday Parlay: Rooker, Tucker Ready to Rake

Looking to place some smart MLB picks to end the week a winner? Look no further than Brent Rooker of the Oakland Athletics and Kyle Tucker of the Houston Astros. Rooker is on fire in May, boasting a scorching .373 average, while Tucker has been a consistent performer, hitting .348 over the past week.

Both players are up against struggling pitchers, making each hitter a solid bet to continue their impressive hitting streaks. Dive into the stats and see why Rooker and Tucker are poised to deliver big in their upcoming games.

MLB Friday Parlay: Rooker, Tucker Ready to Rake
Brent Rooker #25 of the Oakland Athletics | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP


Athletics OF Brent Rooker Over 0.5 Hits (-173)

Brent Rooker has been a revelation for the Athletics, especially in May, where he’s hitting an incredible .373/.427/.693 with seven homers and 19 RBIs. His overall performance this season is notable, with most of his damage being done against right-handed pitching. Rooker’s slugging prowess is evident, placing him among the elite hitters in the league, and he ranks seventh in OPS at .935.

Houston’s Justin Verlander, on the other hand, has been struggling this month with a 4.94 ERA and an unimpressive 1-2 record. His effectiveness against right-handed hitters has noticeably declined, making him vulnerable to power hitters like Rooker. Verlander’s WHIP has also increased, indicating more runners on base and scoring opportunities for opponents.

Let’s delve deeper into the splits:

  • Rooker vs. Right-Handed Pitching (2024): .327 AVG, .634 SLG, 8 HR, 26 RBIs in 101 AB
  • Verlander vs. Right-Handed Hitters (2024): .289 AVG allowed, .476 SLG allowed, 1.35 WHIP in 63 AB


Rooker’s surge in May aligns perfectly with Verlander’s struggles, setting the stage for a high likelihood of success. The matchup is heavily in Rooker’s favor, given his recent hot streak and Verlander’s dip in form.

Betting on Rooker to get over 0.5 hits against Verlander is not only statistically sound but also a smart move that capitalizes on the current form of both players.

Considering Rooker’s four-game multi-hit streak and Verlander’s recent woes, MLB betting on Rooker to get a hit is smart. The numbers don’t lie, and they clearly favor Rooker in this matchup.



Astros OF Kyle Tucker Over 1.5 Hits (+171)

Kyle Tucker has been blazing hot lately, hitting .348 over the past week with seven runs scored, seven RBIs, three stolen bases and four home runs. This Astros outfielder has been consistently productive, recording a hit in 69.4% of his games this season and notching at least two hits in 34.7% of those games.

Tucker’s power is evident, too, as he’s gone yard in 26.5% of his games and hit the Total Bases Over in 29 of his last 48 games, which shows a fantastic return on investment (+14.45 Units / 29% ROI).

On the flip side, Ross Stripling is having a season to forget. With a 1-8 record and a 5.19 ERA, Stripling has been serving up hits like a charity buffet. Opponents are batting .522 against his low fastballs and .345 against his non-fastballs, ranking him in the bottom percentiles for these metrics. His slugging percentage against low fastballs is a staggering .826. Stripling’s struggles make him a prime target for Tucker, whose hot streak will likely continue. Betting on Tucker to get a hit against Stripling is like betting on gravity — inevitable and almost too easy.



Questions Of The Day

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