Gimme 5: Players to Back (Berrios) or Fade (Escobar) for Prop Bets Friday

Jordan Sharp

Friday, May 4, 2018 1:05 PM UTC

Friday, May. 4, 2018 1:05 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 Friday, May 4 slate has to offer.

Justin Upton (Angels) vs. Mike Leake (Mariners)

Upton continued to warm up on Thursday with 3 total hits and 3 runs scored. I had Upton at -135 to record a run or RBI on Thursday, so I’m just a little upset I didn’t bet on him to record even more runs and RBI. His odds for 4-plus runs and RBI were +852 last night at BetOnline!

However, there is still hope for us, party people! Upton once again has a very good matchup Friday against Leake and the Mariners, and that could lead to some hotter hitting from the Angels’ outfielder. Upton is has hits in four straight games, and he has scored 5 runs and driven in 6 over that stretch. Against Leake, Upton is a career 9-for-20 (.450) with a home run, 3 RBI and 3 total extra-base hits. Rack up Upton in another runs, hits and RBI prop on Friday.

Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) vs. Ian Kennedy (Royals)

Before Thursday night I was wondering if Miguel Cabrera was ageless. The dude is hitting .323 to start the season at age 35, but his age caught up to him Thursday after he had to leave with a hamstring injury. If Cabrera isn’t able to play for the Tigers, it could be a tough blow to their MLB odds against Kennedy and the Royals on Friday.

However, if Cabrera can return to the lineup, his history against Kennedy is definitely in play. Cabrera is a career 6-for-19 (.316) against Kennedy with a home run, 3 RBI, and 4 total extra-base hits. He’s also walked 4 times against Kennedy, which all adds up to an on-base percentage of .435.

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Jose Berrios (Twins) vs. White Sox Batters

If there is one pitching matchup you need to take a look at on Friday, it’s Berrios against the White Sox. The Sox snapped their four-game losing streak on Thursday, but adding a second win in a row is going to be tough. Berrios has been really hit or miss this season with three starts of seven or more innings and not allowing a run, and then three starts where he gave up four or more runs.

However, one of those shutouts was against the Sox, and with the way Berrios has pitched against Chicago, the Sox stand little chance tonight. The Sox are just 9-for-83 (.108) lifetime against Berrios. They do have 1 homer and 3 extra-base hits, but the Sox also own a 44.3% strikeout rate against the Twins’ starter.

CC Sabathia (Yankees) Vs. Indians Batters

Speaking of ageless wonders, add Sabathia and his 1.71 ERA as a 37-year-old to that list. Skinny Sabathia has been on fire so far this season and much like every other big-ego sports star, he loves pitching against his former team.

Sabathia spent the first eight years of his career with the Indians, and ever since coming over to the Yankees in 2009 Sabathia has loved pitching against the Tribe. Cleveland’s hitters are only 41-for-188 (.218) against Sabathia, with 2 home runs and a 22.8% strikeout rate. If you combine Rajai Davis and Brandon Guyer, those two are only 11-for-79 (.139) lifetime off Sabathia.

Alcides Escobar (Royals) vs. Francisco Liriano (Tigers)

Escobar struggled some at the plate to start the season, but since April 17 he is 17-for-53 (.270) at the plate with 11 runs scored, 5 RBI, a homer, and 5 doubles. However, Escobar enters Friday with a tougher matchup against Liriano, and it’s one he has not done well with in the past.

Escobar is only 4-for-24 (.167) lifetime off Liriano with 2 extra-base hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Even with the Royals’ shortstop swinging the bat better over the last few weeks, it might be time to jump off his train for the night.

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