Gimme 5: Players to Back (Stanton) or Fade (Arenado) for Props Friday

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, August 9, 2018 7:38 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 7:38 PM UTC

Here at Sportsbook Review, we have compiled a daily report of the best MLB prop betting matchups that the Friday, August 10 slate has to offer.

MLB: Friday's Gimme 5

Giancarlo Stanton (Yankees) vs. Mike Minor (Rangers)

With all the injuries to the front half of the Yankees’ lineup, Giancarlo Stanton has been moving up to bat second recently. It may be a permanent switch too even when Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez come back, because Stanton has scored 10 runs and driven in 14 RBI over his last 14 games.

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In 12 games since Aaron Judge went on the DL, Giancarlo Stanton has 4 HR and 12 RBI.

— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) August 9, 2018
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Now that brings us to Friday night. Mike Minor is on the hill for the Rangers, and while he’s been solid over his last three starts, Stanton has had a ton of career success off the southpaw. Stanton is 7-for-21 (.333) with four home runs, seven RBI, and eight walks off Minor, making him a fine play in Bovada’s runs, hits, and RBI prop odds. Stanton has also destroyed left-handed pitching this season, to the tune of a .459 wOBA over 120 plate appearances.

Mookie Betts (Red Sox) vs. Dylan Bundy (Orioles)

Mookie Betts shouldn’t be left out of your potential prop wagers on Friday, either. We can’t give all the love to a Yankee, when the Sox have an equally intriguing matchup with Dylan Bundy. Betts is definitely a total bases or runs, hits, and RBI play Friday versus the O’s righty.

Betts is only 7-for-29 (.241) off Bundy in his career, but Betts also owns three homers and si RBI off the O’s starter. Considering how hot Betts’ bat has been in August, he is a chalky, but likely safe prop pick in the plus matchup.

Logan Morrison (Twins) vs. Jordan Zimmerman (Tigers)

Since the trade of Eduardo Escobar, Logan Morrison has started hitting cleanup, and frankly it hasn’t done a lot to turn around his dismal season. However, Morrison did receive a day off Thursday in the Twins’ matinee, so he should be well-rested for his matchup with Jordan Zimmerman on Friday.

Traditionally, Morrison is only hitting .167 against Zimmerman, but he does have three career home runs off the Tigers’ right hander. Zimmerman has been susceptible to giving up the long ball lately, allowing right home runs over his last four starts. Morrison’s odds to hit a home run are probably a long shot, but it’s one with some value behind it.

Nolan Arenado (Rockies) vs. Kenta Maeda (Dodgers)

Nolan Arenado might be the league’s best overall third baseman both offensively and defensively, so it’s not often that he has a matchup with an opposing pitcher that he isn’t favored in. However, that’s the case Friday, even at home.

Being in Coors Field and not at Dodger Stadium does hurt Kenta Maeda a lot on Friday, but he has still held Arenado to a 2-for-19 (.105) batting clip with 10 strikeouts. That does not bode well for Arenado’s prop value, because for the ball to fly in Coors Field, he has to make contact first.

Michael Brantley (Indians) vs. Carlos Rodon (White Sox)

The White Sox have some really nice pitching when healthy, and Carlos Rodon has to be one of my favorites. Since coming off the disabled list, Rodon has an impressive 2.94 ERA and he is holding opposing hitters to a .190 batting average.

Michael Brantley could be feeling the heat coming from Rodon’s left arm on Friday as well. Brantley is having an outstanding season of his own, but over his career he is just 2-for-17 (.118) against Rodon, with one RBI and five strikeouts.

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