Free MLB Picks: Player Props Worth Adding to Monday's Ticket

Monday, May 18, 2015 5:18 PM UTC

Monday, May. 18, 2015 5:18 PM UTC

Expand your baseball betting ticket today with Player Props. We focus on two matchups, including one for the Marlins who have a new manager starting as GM Dan Jennings has stepped down.

Diamondbacks vs. Marlins
Most hits, runs and RBIs -- Ender Inciarte (-110) vs. Dee Gordon (-120)

Total hits, runs and RBIs -- Paul Goldschmidt 'over/under' 2.5

Total hits, runs and RBIs -- Giancarlo Stanton O/U 2.5

Who will record more strikeouts -- Rubby De La Rosa (-1.5) vs. Dan Haren

One of the best moves that Jennings made as a general manager this past offseason was in trading for Gordon, an All-Star at second base for the Dodgers last season, and Haren. The MLB odds favored Marlins were a disappointing 16-22 under Redmond -- the team also fired Manager Jeff Torborg after 38 games in 2003 and would win that season's World Series under replacement Jack McKeon. The difference being that McKeon had managerial experience. Jennings has none, unless you count at a Mobile, Ala., high school. The Marlins would be in an even bigger hole without those two former Dodgers. Gordon leads the majors with a .420 average as well as with 63 hits. Haren is 4-2 with a 3.70 ERA. He originally threatened to retire rather than play for the Marlins because Haren is a southern California native and didn't want to leave Los Angeles. Gordon has never faced Arizona's starter De La Rosa (4-2, 4.50), who came over from Boston this offseason. De La Rosa has 42 strikeouts in 44 innings. This is his first career start against Miami. Stanton is 0-for-1 against him. Haren has only 28 strikeouts in 41.1 innings. Goldschmidt is 6-for-16 with a homer and five RBIs off him. Inciarte, the Snakes' right fielder, is 0-for-2 with a walk against Haren. He's batting .309 with a homer and 14 RBIs on the season.

MLB Free Picks: De La Rosa on the strikeouts at -150, Goldschmidt 'under', Stanton 'over' and take Gordon over Inciarte.


Indians vs. White Sox 
Who will record more strikeouts -- Corey Kluber (-1.5) vs. Chris Sale

Kluber -- 'over/under' 7 strikeouts

Sale -- O/U 6 strikeouts

Most hits, runs and RBIs -- Michael Brantley (-115) vs. Jose Abreu (-115)

The Pale Hose are playing their best baseball of the season, on a five-game winning streak and back to .500 -- the team hasn't been over .500 all season and this will be a great chance to climb over or break even against a very disappointing Tribe team that's last in the AL Central. This certainly looks to be the best pitching matchup of Monday as Kluber was last season's AL Cy Young winner and Sale was third in the voting. Both guys have been a bit off this season but both are showing signs of returning to form. Kluber (1-5, 4.27) pitched one of the most dominant games anywhere in MLB this decade last time out when he struck out a career-high 18 Cardinals and allowed just one hit over eight innings. The Indians didn't let him try to break the record of 20 strikeouts in the ninth inning because he had thrown a season-high 113 pitches. He has struck out an AL-best 64 batters in 52.2 innings. He lost at the White Sox on April 22, allowing six runs and 13 hits (both season highs) over six innings, striking out six.  Abreu is 8-for-21 with two homers and six RBIs career off Kluber. The 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is batting .295 with six homers and 22 RBIs overall, a bit of a disappointing start. Sale (3-1, 5.09) started the season a week late due to a broken foot and he was rusty for a while. However, he was strong last time out, allowing two runs and three hits over eight innings in a win over Milwaukee, striking out a season-high 11. Sale hasn't faced Cleveland this season. He was 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 14.0 innings against them last season. Brantley is the AL's top hitter at .348 (with four homers and 22 RBIs). He is only 3-for-22 with 10 strikeouts against Sale, who is murder on left-handers like Brantley.  

MLB Free Picks: Both pitchers 'over' the strikeouts (Kluber at -150, Sale at -140), with Sale at +120 edging Kluber. Take Abreu over Brantley.

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