Tides’ Takes: Free Expert Picks For Today- MLB Player Props (8/5/22)
ScoresAndOdds analyst Timothy Buell gives free expert advice and betting picks for Friday’s MLB games.
Happy Friday everyone! Throughout the week, I will be giving out a few of my favorite MLB prop bets that you can find for free right here at ScoresAndOdds.
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Free MLB Player Props Picks For Today
- Robbie Ray over 7.5 Strikeouts (-115, DraftKings)
This is by far my favorite prop on the board this evening and I am not going to hesitate wagering on this. The Angels strikeout at the highest rate in baseball and do nothing in terms of power numbers. I just don’t see the Angels being able to put up many big innings to hurt Ray’s outing.
Ray has done an excellent job of dominating weak opponents this season and that’s exactly what he gets tonight. I am in agreement with the projections models, which have Ray for 8.5 strikeouts, so getting the line a full strikeout lower is a real bargain. I will be going over my usual one unit bet on this play.
- Eric Lauer over 5.5 Strikeouts (-120, DraftKings)
I don’t think Vegas is correctly accounting for the absence of Tommy Pham and Brandon Drury in the Reds’ lineup. The bottom of the Reds lineup is atrocious and Lauer is in a great spot. Aristides Aquino in 52 plate appearances as struckout 42% of the time. Votto is up over 35% strikeout rate against lefties this season. There is no power left in this lineup and there should be extremely low risk for any kind of big innings for the Reds that could limit Lauer’s leash.
- Yordan Alvarez +250, Kyle Tucker + 330, To Hit A Home Run (FanDuel)
Normally I don’t like to get these small odds when picking home runs, but I will make an exception this evening. Not a lot is known about Hunter Gaddis, but we do know that he gives up a ton of fly balls.
He also seems to have some strikeout ability. I think the strikeout numbers could be a little fluky and he has never faced a team like the Astros with hitters such as Tucker and Alvarez. The Astros strikeout at the fourth-lowest rate in baseball. Gaddis isn’t going to be able to get away with his fly ball tendencies against a team like the Astros.