Gimme 5: Players to Back (Cruz) or Fade for MLB Prop Bets Monday

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Jordan Sharp

Sunday, April 15, 2018 9:40 PM GMT

Sunday, Apr. 15, 2018 9:40 PM GMT

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 Monday’s slate.

MLB: Monday's Gimme 5

Nelson Cruz vs. Dallas Keuchel

Nelson Cruz recently made his return from the disabled list after sitting out the first few weeks of the season due to a sprained right ankle he sustained on April 1. He has served as the Mariners’ DH over the last two games, and he should be in the lineup Monday night in a matchup he has crushed in the past.

Not many hitters get the better of Dallas Keuchel. The Astros’ righty has been great over his first three starts of the season, but it truly shows how great of a hitter Cruz is when you look at his history against Keuchel. Cruz is 10-for-30 (.333) lifetime against Keuchel with 3 home runs, 6 RBI and 6 walks. Look for value in Cruz’s prop odds for your MLB picks Monday.

Trio of Astros vs. James Paxton

Paxton opposes Keuchel on Monday in Seattle, and Paxton had plenty of success against the world champions last year with an ERA of just 1.69 in four starts. Three Astros in particular struggle against the Canadian lefty: Marwin Gonzalez is just 3-for-17 career. Yuli Gurriel is 1-for-11. Josh Reddick 0-for-7. Usually don't want to bet against that powerful Houston lineup, but perhaps it's just what Paxton needs to get going as he's 0-1 with a 5.74 ERA this season and had a bald eagle accidentally land on him before the Twins' home opener.

Rather than soaring to the mound to reach his summoning handlers, the bird flew toward Paxton, causing the pitcher to jerk his body backward to avoid being grazed. Then the eagle, named Challenger, landed in the grass before circling back to find a perch on Paxton's right shoulder. Paxton was remarkably cool during the ordeal.

Mets Hitters vs. Jeremy Hellickson

The Mets’ offense has been pretty middle-of-the-road to start the season, ranking 14th in runs scored and 15th in wOBA at .318=9. However, that could change on Monday night with the Mets hosting the Nationals and Jeremy Hellickson. The Nats haven’t decided who they will start, but if it is Hellickson, the Mets’ offense could rake behind Yoenis Cespedes.

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Cespedes has gone deep three times in his career against Hellickson and if you throw in Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Adrian Gonzalez, those Mets batters are a combined 32-for-101 (.317) with 7 home runs, 23 RBI, and 15 extra-base hits.

Jacob DeGrom vs. Nationals Hitters

Jacob DeGrom is coming off a couple of road starts since his dominant home game to open the season. His last start in Miami didn’t go so well, but back at home on Monday and against the Washington Nationals should solve a lot.

We’ve already discussed how there could be plenty of run support for DeGrom, but he might not even need much of it. The Nationals own a .199 batting average over 151 at-bats against DeGrom, and if you take away Bryce Harper (9-for-26, .346), who has had some success against DeGrom, the rest of the Nats are hitting .168 against DeGrom.

Julio Teheran vs. Phillies Batters

Julio Teheran was supposed to start on Sunday, but a multitude of rainouts has several pitchers being pushed back to Monday, and it’s convenient for the Braves and Teheran, because he has owned the Phillies.

Philadelphia is 30-for-121 (.213) against Teheran, and if the extra rest doesn’t mess with Teheran’s rhythm, look for a nice performance from the Braves’ ace, and potentially some MLB Odds underdogs.

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