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Shohei Ohtani Tops Our Best MLB Player Props Today

After Thursday’s small slate of games, we have a beautiful schedule of MLB games on tap for Friday. The season is still young, and there is plenty to learn about each team. However, my consistently profitable MLB picks, boasting a record of 30-28 over the previous three weeks, continue to deliver.

Friday’s MLB schedule has 15 matchups, including some marquee showdowns. The Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks kick off a three-game series at Truist Park. The most anticipated series of the weekend is between the Cleveland Guardians and the Minnesota Twins as they battle for AL Central dominance. With many options for MLB player props today, I’ve meticulously and comprehensively narrowed down the best bets for you.

Shohei Ohtani Tops Our Best MLB Player Props Today
Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers-Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

 

Best MLB Player Props Today

 

1. Rays SP Tyler Alexander Over 5½ Hits Allowed

I hoped to snag this line at 4½, but I’m happy to take this at 5½. The Tampa Bay Rays will head north of the border to battle the Toronto Blue Jays. Left-hander Tyler Alexander will get the starting nod for Tampa Bay. He hasn’t been terrible for the Rays through his first eight outings, but he hasn’t impressed much. Alexander has allowed six or more hits in five of eight starts.

 

 

He will make his sixth career appearance against the Blue Jays, who have a strong history of mashing southpaws. Alexander faced the Jays in his first start of the season and allowed six hits in five innings of work. Last season, Toronto had the third-highest BA versus lefties at .272 and, so far, is hitting .247 in 2024. The Jays are hitting just .224 against right-handers, so there’s a significant bump when they face a lefty. Vlad Guerrero Jr. is off to a terrible start, but he is hitting .345 versus lefties, and Justin Turner owns a .407 BA versus lefties. I’m confident the Blue Jays can put together at least six hits against the southpaw tonight in the series opener.

2. Angels SP Tyler Anderson Over 2½ Earned Runs

The Los Angeles Angels‘ 16-28 record is among the worst in the bigs. They will take on the Texas Rangers in the first of a three-game set on the road. I expect the dangerous Texas lineup to torch the Halos all weekend, starting with tonight’s matchup against the left-hander Tyler Anderson. I backed the Rangers twice this week, and they fell short both times against the Guardians. I’m counting on them to produce against an Angels team that has shown few signs of life.

 

 

The Rangers have the eighth-highest batting average (.252) this season and are hitting .261 in May (fourth-best in MLB). Anderson has allowed at least three Earned Runs in three consecutive outings after a solid start to his season. The Southpaw made two starts against the Rangers last season, allowing five Earned on the road and three runs but two Earned at home. Notably, Corey Seager is batting .391 against Anderson in 23 at-bats. Ride with the Rangers to bounce back at home tonight against the veteran.

3. Dodgers DH Shohei Ohtani 2+ Total Bases

I’m going back to Shohei Ohtani tonight after he went 0-for-2 with a walk in last night’s series opener with the Reds. Shohei Ohtani is on a tear to start the 2024 season, with a batting average of .360 and 12 home runs. He has only gone two straight games without a hit once this season! I expect a big bounce-back showing from this deep Dodgers lineup tonight against Frankie Montas. While I think James Paxton of the Dodgers is easy to target for the Reds, I have plenty more confidence in Ohtani right now.

Ohtani leads MLB in batting average at .360 and OPS at 1.099 and is tied for second with 12 homers. He has a new hitting streak every game and has reached at least two total bases in 26 of 44 games (59%). He has two total bases in four of his last six (66.6%) and 12 of 23 games at Dodgers Stadium (52%). Ohtani has the most total bases in MLB, with 117. The nearest player is his teammate Mookie Betts, who has 100, followed by William Contreras (94). He has a clear lead in this category.

 

 

The Reds will send veteran right-hander Frankie Montas to the mound tonight. The Dodgers lineup has tormented Montas in the past, including Ohtani, who is 10 for 24 against him with 4 jacks. If you wanted to back Mookie Betts at a slightly better number tonight, I can’t talk you off. Betts is 4 for 9 in his career against Montas. Montas was smacked around in three of his last four outings. In two career starts against the Dodgers, he allowed five and seven runs on seven hits in each. Count on the phenom to produce and bet him at the BetUS sportsbook.

 

Questions Of The Day

What is the best MLB player prop pick for Friday night?


I like Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Tyler Alexander to go over the 5½ hits allowed betting line.

Which MLB player is projected to record the most strikeouts on Friday night?


Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler is projected to record the most strikeouts on Friday night when he starts against the Washington Nationals.

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