There's an abbreviated MLB slate of games on this Monday, but still plenty of opportunity to take advantage of the Player Props and that's what we intend to do right here!
Rockies vs. Mets: How Many Strikeouts Will Jonathan Niese Record?
Over 4.5 -140
Under 4.5 - EV
Niese faces a Colorado team that can't hit away from Coors Field. This total is a bit low, but Niese isn't known for the strikeout. However, he did have 6 strikeouts in 2 consecutive games when the Mets made their big run.
Now that they've come down to earth, the total could lessen. I look for the total to be above 4.5 as Colorado has a lot of free swingers that will be looking to be hacking. Niese is a very underrated pitcher as he's playing with 3 of the best starters in the league in Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, and Jacob deGrom. Take the over and lay the juice.
MLB Prop Pick: Over 4.5 -140
Angels vs. White Sox: Will Mike Trout Record an RBI?
These MLB odds are always against the MLB player in recording an RBI. Sometimes a player is on a run, but consistently you won't see them recording RBI's each game. Even the best player in the game in Mike Trout only has an RBI in 2 of his last 8 games. He's facing one of the best pitchers in the league in Chris Sale. I'm going to fade the trend as Sale has been horrible as of late, allowing 14 runs in his last 2 starts. Look for Trout to knock a fellow teammate or himself in.
MLB Prop Pick: +120
Angels vs. White Sox: Total Strikeouts for Chris Sale
Over 8.5 -120
Under 8.5 -120
I love this MLB pick prop as Chris Sale is the best strikeout pitcher in the game. In 143 innings, he's recorded 186 strikeouts. Even games that he pitches poorly like his last one against Tampa Bay, he still managed 9 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. I know that the Angels have more of a formidable offense than the Rays, but I still love the over for his strikeout total. Look for Sale to be competitive in this game and that will enable him to remain in the ball game and also enable him to record more k's.
MLB Prop Pick: Over 8.5 -120
Orioles vs. Mariners: WIll Chris Davis Record a Hit?
This is a dangerous player performance prop as it involves hits and Crush Davis doesn't hit for average despite "crushing" the baseball as of late. What the statisitics don't say is the home runs that got taken away from Davis by outstanding defensive play by the opponent.
Davis is currently on a 7 game hitting streak with 4 home runs included in those games. The only thing that scares me is that in most of those games, he only recorded a single hit. Whether it was a home run or not doesn't matter in this prop and the odds are very high. Make this a small bet and declare that Davis will indeed go on an 8 game hitting streak with a hit against Vidal Nuno or a relief pitcher. Yes is the small play.
MLB Prop Pick: Yes -340