Gimme 5: Players to Back (Trout) or Fade (Santana) for Prop Bets Sunday

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Jordan Sharp

Saturday, May 5, 2018 8:59 PM UTC

Saturday, May. 5, 2018 8:59 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 Sunday, May 6 slate has to offer.

Mike Trout (Angels) vs. Felix Hernandez (Mariners)

For their years in the AL West, Mike Trout and Felix Hernandez have had a lot of battles. Trout has won most of those battles. The Angels’ star outfielder is a career 29-for-79 (.367) against King Felix with 7 home runs, 19 RBI, and 13 career extra base hits.

Trout does have his share of strikeouts against Hernandez with 26, which is a 30.2% strikeout rate. However, even if Trout strikes out once or twice on Sunday, his odds of producing multiple runs are still good.

Anthony Rizzo (Cubs) vs. Michal Wacha (Cardinals)

Speaking of good odds to produce runs, Anthony Rizzo is up against a familiar foe in Michael Wacha on Sunday in what could be a banner day for the Cubs’ first baseman. Rizzo is a career 18-for-38 (.474) hitter against Wacha with 3 home runs, 6 RBI, and 4 total extra base hits.

Outside of a rough first start of the season, Wacha has been outstanding this season for the Cardinals with a 3.62 ERA and three or fewer runs allowed in five straight starts. Take this with a grain of salt because Rizzo has really struggled this season. However, he has a .273 career average and 124 career home runs against right-handed pitching. It could be the night to take a chance on Rizzo.

Brian Dozier (Twins) vs. James Shields (White Sox)

James Shields has been two different pitchers this season. On the road he has been pretty good outside of a rough first start of the season, but he’s still sporting a 4.26 ERA compared to a 5.96 home ERA. Combine that with a rough matchup against Dozier and the Twins, and you have a recipe for a fine prop play on Dozier.

Dozier is 12-for-36 (.333) with 4 home runs, 10 RBI, and 9 total extra base hits. Dozier has hit very well against the Sox so far this season and that should continue on Sunday.

Albert Pujols (Angels) vs. Felix Hernandez (Mariners)

Albert Pujols hit his 3000th career hit on Friday night, and he is one of only four players to ever collect at least 3000 hits and 600 home runs. Pujols is going to the Hall of Fame, but unlike his younger and possibly even more talented teammate, Trout, Pujols has really struggled with Hernandez in the past.

Pujols didn’t see much of King Felix in the NL Central, but since moving to Los Angeles Pujols has not hit well against the Mariners’ right-hander. He is 13-for-65 (.200) with 1 home run, 7 RBI, and 15 strikeouts against Hernandez, so it’s probably tough to target Pujols in any prop bets Sunday afternoon. There is also a chance Pujols gets the afternoon off.

Carlos Santana (Phillies) vs. Max Scherzer (Nationals)

Max Scherzer pretty much dominates everyone, but Carlos Santana has seen the worst of Scherzer’s tough stuff. Santana is a career 3-for-42 (.071) against the Nationals’ ace, and with numbers like that it even begs the question whether Santana will even be in the lineup. If he is, you know what to do.

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