We have reached a rough patch of the season. It’s the dog days of summer and our player props picks have been absolutely garbage over the last couple of weeks. However, it’s a nice night of MLB Props from Bovada sportsbook tonight.
Andrew McCutchen has been having a very good contract season for the Pirates and against lefties he has been a monster. He’s hitting .301 against left-handers over 89 plate appearances this season and he has a total of 54 runs, hits and RBI.
That makes for a nice play tonight against left-hander Travis Wood. The Padres’ southpaw is one of many lefties on the hill tonight, but with a lot of good ones going, Wood might be one to take advantage of if you’re the Pirates, or playing DFS tonight.
Right-handers have a .391 wOBA against Wood this season and even though he has only allowed two home runs over 144 total right-handed batters faced, he has allowed 27 earned runs to those hitters as well.
If McCutchen is up with runners in scoring position in this one, we are going to get at least a push, if not a big win on this prop. Wood has been poor in the second half so far, and while McCutchen hasn’t done much since the All Star Break either, he has been starting to get things back together. I see a home run, or a multi-hit game with at least one or two runs scored for the Pirates’ franchise centerfielder.Free MLB Pick: OVER 2 (-125)Best Line Offered: at Bovada Jose Bautista vs. Kole Calhoun, Most runs, hits and RBI
I don’t have a ton of hope for Jose Bautista tonight, but by default he already has a leg up on his counterpart in this prop, Kole Calhoun. With left-hander J.A. Happ on the hill for the Blue Jays, it should make it pretty tough on Calhoun to get his bat going, no matter where he is hitting in the order.
Happ has held other left-handers to a .226 average and a .294 wOBA this season over 54 total batters faced. Throughout his career, Happ has held lefties to a .312 wOBA, and last season that dropped to .287.
Calhoun on the other hand is hitting just .210 against lefties this season and on the road against lefties he gets even worse. He’s hitting just .178 against them this season when he is playing outside of LA.
If Calhoun is the only lefty in the lineup tonight for the Angels, I expect him to be held down enough to where all it might take is one or two hits from Bautista to get us over in this one.Free MLB Pick: Bautista (-155)Best Line Offered: at Bovada