Gimme 5: Players to Back (Ramirez) or Fade (Skaggs) for Prop Bets Saturday

Jordan Sharp

Saturday, May 5, 2018 4:55 PM UTC

Saturday, May. 5, 2018 4:55 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 Saturday, May 5 slate has to offer.

Hanley Ramirez (Red Sox) vs. Cole Hamels (Rangers)

If there is one matchup you can target with confidence on Saturday it’s Ramirez’s. The Red Sox’ DH is once again up against the Rangers’ southpaw Cole Hamels in a matchup that has been very one-sides during their respective careers.

Ramirez is a career 19-for-68 (.279) hitter against Hamels with 3 home runs, 7 RBI, and 14 total extra base hits. Ramirez owns a .911 OPS against Hamels, and so far this season Ramirez is hitting .357 against lefties. If you get desirable odds on Ramirez to record multiple hits, runs, and RBI, take a shot on Ramirez.

Odubel Herrera (Phillies) vs. Tanner Roark (Nationals)

Odubel Herrera has hit safely in four straight games, and if you go strictly by batter versus pitcher matchups, Herrera’s odds of hitting safely in a fifth straight game on Saturday are really good. The Phillies are up against Roark and the Nats and Herrera has a nice history beating up Roark.

Over 31 career plate appearances, Herrera is hitting .448 off Roark with 5 extra base hits and 4 RBI. Even though he hasn’t homered off the Nats’ starter, he still has a strong chance of racking up multiple bases or hits.

Welington Castillo (White Sox) vs. Lance Lynn (Twins)

We featured Welington Castillo in his battle against Lynn earlier in the season, but unfortunately that game was postponed due to weather. However, the weather is much better now that the calendar has turned to May, and Lynn might be in trouble against the Sox’ catcher.

Castillo is a career 8-for-12 with 3 solo home runs off Lynn during his time with the Cubs and now with the south-siders. That is a very small sample size, but it’s also a 2.131 OPA. These numbers cannot be ignored.

Mariners’ Batters vs. Tyler Skaggs (Angels)

There are a couple of pitchers who might be in trouble on Saturday and Tyler Skaggs is one of them. The Angels’ lefty has had a lot of trouble with the Mariners in the past, but other than a start against the Red Sox, Skaggs has generally been very good this season. Skaggs has a 3.03 ERA this season, but against the Mariners that has not been the case.

The M’s are 28-for-92 (.304) against Skaggs with 6 home runs, 12 RBI, and 13 extra base hits. The Mariners own a .973 OPS against Skaggs, and while the sample size is just under 100 plate appearances, it’s enough to fade Skaggs and the Angels.

Giants’ Batters vs. Brandon McCarthy (Braves)

Veteran righty Brandon McCarthy is on the bump for the Braves again on Saturday, and during his time in the NL West, he really got beat up by the Giants. The Giants are 38-for-121 (.314) lifetime against McCarthy, and the Braves’ veteran has allowed 4 home runs and 15 RBI. The Giants are +135 underdogs on Saturday with Ty Blach on the mound, and it could be a nice flier bet against McCarthy.

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