Player Props to Maximize Friday's MLB Picks

Joe Catalano

Friday, July 10, 2015 7:12 PM GMT

MLB rings in new series today and with the All- Star Break approaching, we need to make the betting picks count. What better way to do this than with Player Props in which the bettor has the edge?

Cardinals vs. Pirates
Will Neil Walker Record a Hit? Yes -250... No +195
These are big games for the Pittsburgh Pirates as they host the arch rival, the St. Louis Cardinals. As usual, the Cards lead the division with the Pirates in hot pursuit.

Guys like Neil Walker must step up their game. This is a home game in which the Bucs need to take advantage as there's a 2 game swing involved. I consider Walker a slightly better than average major leaguer that comes up with occasional big hits in a support role. Walker has hit safely in 3 out of his last 3 games. It's the juice that we're worried about. Make a small play on the yes option.

MLB Pick- Yes -250

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Nationals vs. Orioles
Will Chris Davis Record a Hit? Yes -200... No +160
I look at Chris Davis as a different player since he got caught with amphetmaines. His power is still there, but batting efficiency isn't. He's not the same 50 home run hitter that can hit for average. This is also a player that swings at awful pitches and strikes out a ton. With all of that said, Davis has hit safely in 5 out of his last 6 games and hit a bomb in his last game. The MLB odds don't look so bad considering Davis' recent play. We're going to relutcantly take the yes option again.

MLB Pick- Yes -200

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Diamondbacks vs. Mets
Total Strikeouts For Noah Syndergaard
Over 5.5 -165
Under 5.5 +135

5.5 is a low number for Syndergaard, but the juice is a bit high. I look for Syndergaard to pitch well against the .500 D'Backs who have one of the best players in the game in Paul Goldschmidt. I mentioned in a previous article that the Mets are going with a 6 man rotation; much to Matt Harvey's dismay. Look for other pitchers with talent such as Syndergaard to capitalize off of the opportunity. He's also pitched well in his last 2 outings and I expect a lot of "k's" tonight at CitiFIeld.

MLB Pick- Over 5.5 -165 

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Astros vs. Rays
Will Jose Altuve Record as Hit? Yes -250... No +195
Altuve is the heart and soul of the much improved division leading Astros. Houston has went from a team with no payroll and all unrecognizable players to one of the better teams in the league and Altuve has been there for most of the ride. Altuve got off to a slow start this season, but has really picked up the pace as he made the All-Star team. Except for power, he can do it all.

Altuve has hit safely in 9 out of his last 10 games and I look for him to prove to the public and the Tampa Bay Rays why he was picked. Yes is the only option concerning the talent of 5 foot 5 inch Jose Altuve.

MLB Pick- Yes -250 at Bovada

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