Gimme 5: Players to Back (Kluber) or Fade for Prop Bets Tuesday

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 12:59 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018 12:59 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 Tuesday’s slate.

MLB: Tuesday's Gimme 5

Corey Kluber vs. Twins hitters

Corey Kluber is set to start tonight after the final two games of the Indians’ weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays were postponed due to inclement weather. However, the extra rest could be good for Kluber, who now gets to open the series against the Minnesota Twins, a matchup he has dominated throughout his career.

Even though this is a neutral-site game in Puerto Rico, that shouldn’t stop Kluber from owning the Twins. Minnesota hitters own a combined .189 batting average against Kluber throughout their careers, so don’t be surprised if Kluber continues to dominate outside of the continental United States.

Hunter Pence vs. Patrick Corbin

Arizona's Patrick Corbin is off to a great start this season, but if there is one matchup he has struggled with over his brief career, it’s against Giants veteran Hunter Pence. Pence has had a lot of success against Corbin and could be a good bet with your MLB picks to keep mashing against the left-hander.

Over 38 career plate appearances against Corbin, Pence owns a .429 batting average with 4 home runs, 11 RBI, and 9 total extra-base hits. Pence put up a .289 batting average and .333 wOBA against lefties in 2017, and considering his power numbers have been great against Corbin, it might be a night to take a chance on Pence’s home runs odds.

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George Springer vs. Ariel Miranda

While Seattle's George Springer doesn’t have a ton of at-bats against Mariners southpaw Ariel Miranda, he does have a lot of success off him, and lefty pitchers in general. Springer’s MLB odds for props tonight might be a little chalky, but it could also be worth it if he continues to crush Miranda and left-handed pitching.

Springer has only 15 at-bats against Miranda during his career, but he has uncorked 4 homers and walked 4 times. In limited at-bats this season Springer is batting .368 against lefties, and for his career he has a .403 wOBA and .264 isolated power off left-handers. Take a shot on Springer’s home runs odds tonight.

Mike Trout vs. David Price

Angels outfielder Mike Trout is usually a guy you tail or bet on without thinking about it too much. However, thanks to a rainout Monday, David Price is being pushed back to tonight and Trout could suffer because of it. Trout is probably the best player in baseball, but when Price faces Trout, Price remembers that he is paid like an ace. Trout is hitting just 3-for-21 (.143) off Price during his career.

Trout has never homered off Price, nor does he even have an extra-base hit off him. Considering Trout also struck out in 40 percent of his career plate appearances against Price, lay off L.A.'s star in this spot.

Edwin Encarnacion vs. Jake Odorizzi

Another big bat with a poor matchup is Cleveland's Edwin Encarnacion, who has been really struggling to start the season. That should change over time as the weather warms and the ball flies more, but until then Encarnacion is a risky investment in his matchup with the Twins and Jake Odorizzi.

Encarnacion is a career 5-for-30 (.167) against Odorizzi. Encarnacion does have 2 homers and only 2 strikeouts against the Twins’ righty, but with the way he has been struggling it’s probably best to avoid him in fantasy and your prop bets.

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