Gimme 5: Players to Back (Bryant) or Fade (Betts) for Prop Bets Thursday

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, April 26, 2018 3:08 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 3:08 PM UTC

MLB prop betting takes mounds of research and combing through hours of stats to find the perfect odds. Sportsbook Review has complied a daily report of the best prop betting matchups on Thursday’s slate.

MLB Thursday: Gimme 5Kris Bryant vs. Chase Anderson

Kris Bryant has sat out the last two games after getting hit in the head with a fastball thrown by Colorado's German Marquez. Even though Bryant passed all concussion tests, Joe Maddon and the Cubs have been playing it safe with their star third baseman.

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Scary moment as Kris Bryant takes a pitch to his head and exits the game. pic.twitter.com/MV5QCSOo8N

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However, after returning home to Chicago, Bryant is scheduled to meet with the Cubs’ physicians, and if all looks well in that checkup, there is a chance Bryant could make his way back into the lineup.

If that’s the case, that’s great news for the Cubs and bad news for Chase Anderson and the Brewers. Bryant has crushed Anderson during his career with a 6-for-18 (.333) batting clip, 3 home runs, and 4 RBI. If he is back in the lineup, it might also be a great night to target him for prop plays assuming there is no residual rust from his two-day absence.

Kendrys Morales vs. Chris Sale

Not many hitters in Major League Baseball can claim they have a good hitting record against the Red Sox’s Chris Sale, but Kendrys Morales sure can. The Blue Jays’ DH had a lot of success off Sale in the past, and Morales’ splits against lefties are a big reason why.

Last season Morales hit .362 in 127 at-bats against southpaws, and in 35 career plate appearances against Sale he is hitting .294 with 2 doubles, 3 home runs, and 7 RBI. If you can stomach a little risk, Morales is a nice play with your MLB picks in a sneaky good matchup.

Hanley Ramirez vs. Marco Estrada

There are several Boston hitters who are on the other side of the fence against Marco Estrada, but Ramirez has seen a lot of success against the Blue Jays’ righty.

Ramirez is a career 8-for-27 (.296) with a homer, 2 RBI, and 5 total extra-base hits off Estrada. However, if you take away Ramirez’s success against Estrada, the rest of the Sox batters have a 19-for-126 (.151) history against the Toronto starter. One of the main stars from Boston who has struggled is Mookie Betts.

Mookie Betts vs. Marco Estrada

Betts jacked 2 home runs on Wednesday in a huge win for those who bet him on different prop wagers. However, he and the Sox now face a really tough matchup that they have struggled with in the past.

Betts is a career 3-for-21 against Estrada (.143) with only 1 extra-base hit and 1 RBI. He has 6 career strikeouts against Estrada as well.

Todd Frazier vs. Carlos Martinez

Carlos Martinez has turned into a dominant pitcher for the Cardinals, and even though the sample size is somewhat limited, the Mets’ Todd Frazier has seen his stats diminish the most.

Frazier has only 17 career at-bats against Martinez and has just 3 singles and a strikeout rate of 33.3%. If Frazier is striking out in one of every three at-bats today against the Cardinals, he likely isn’t a great prop play either based on the MLB odds board.

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