Gimme 5: Players to Back (Choo) or Fade (Cespedes) for Prop Bets Thursday

shin soo choo

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, May 3, 2018 2:35 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 3, 2018 2:35 PM UTC

MLB prop betting takes mounds of research and combing through hours of stats to find the perfect odds. Luckily, here at Sportsbook Review we have complied a daily report of the best prop betting matchups that the Thursday, May 3 slate has to offer.

Shin-Soo Choo (Rangers) vs. David Price (Red Sox)

The Red Sox’s high-paid “ace” Price is really struggling lately He has allowed 14 earned runs over his last four starts, and he has allowed four or more earned runs in three of those four starts. Now he has a matchup against a tough Rangers lineup on Thursday night, and one of the better hitters for the Rangers has had a lot of success against Price.

Dating back to their tie against one another with Price as a member of the Rays and Choo with the Indians, Choo has had his way with the Red Sox’s southpaw. Even though Choo hits left-handed, he owns a 10-for-27 (.370) batting clip against Price during his career, with 2 home runs and 5 RBI. Choo has collected multiple hits in five of his last 12 games, and against Price might be another good night to bet on a multi-hit game for Choo.

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Meanwhile, at Fenway, not so pretty. Shin-Soo Choo just homered on the first pitch of the game. David Price continues to struggle.

— Red Sox VAVEL (@RedSoxVAVEL) July 5, 2016
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Ian Kinsler (Angels) vs. Chris Tillman (Orioles)

Kinsler went hitless in four plate appearances on Wednesday, but before that he had produced 2 doubles over his prior three games. Kinsler has been nowhere near his potential this season so far, hitting just .227. However, with Kinsler’s matchup against the O’s righty Tillman on Thursday, it might be a night where Kinsler breaks out.

Over his career Kinsler is 8-for-26 (.308) against Tillman with a double, 2 home runs, and 4 RBI. Despite his early-season struggles, if you can get a discount on his odds for a home run or for Kinsler to record a run or RBI, it might be the night to take a chance.

Royals Batters vs. Mike Fiers (Tigers)

The Tigers’ season has not gone to plan so far, and after his first start of the season, neither has Fiers'. He fired six shutout innings in his first start of the season, and since then he has allowed 13 runs (10 earned) over his last three starts. Now he faces a matchup he’s struggled with a lot in the past against the Royals.

Earlier this season, the Royals chased Fiers after 5.1 innings and scoring four runs (two earned) off him. For their careers, the Royals are 34-for-101 (.337) with 3 home runs, 9 RBI and 7 total extra-base hits off Fiers. The Royals are only -115 favorites Thursday with Eric Skoglund on the hill, but with the way KC has beat up Fiers, look for that bet to be a strong play.

Yoenis Cespedes (Mets) vs. Julio Teheran (Braves)

Cespedes is on an eight-game hit streak coming in to Thursday night. However, he’s also played in 13 straight games, so the Mets might take a chance to get him some rest against Teheran. The Braves’ righty has destroyed Cespedes in the past.

Over 21 career plate appearances, Cespedes has only four hits (.190) and none of them went for extra bases. Cespedes has also struck out in 42.9% of his at bats against Teheran.

Kurt Suzuki (Braves) vs. Jason Vargas (Mets)

On the flip side of that matchup is the Braves’ catcher Suzuki. The Braves do a good job of cycling out Suzuki from behind the plate to keep his bat fresh, but if he is back in the lineup Thursday, it might be a night to fade the Braves’ backstop.

Suzuki is only a career 8-for-38 (.211) vs. Vargas with no extra-base hits 1 RBI, and 6 strikeouts. Suzuki got the night off Wednesday, so if he is back in the lineup today, he’s a fade candidate against Vargas.

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