In a rematch of his Opening Day start, Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels take on the Oakland Athletics in afternoon action in Anaheim. Check out our Shohei Ohtani player prop picks based on the best MLB odds.
Ohtani's Opening Day start against these Athletics is his only non-weather-shortened appearance this season in which he didn't earn the win. The two-way superstar is off to another MVP-caliber beginning to the campaign, as he's tied with Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman as the leader in WAR among American League players.
Will Ohtani move to 4-0 on the season, or will Oakland once again prove tough to put away?
Here are our best Shohei Ohtani player prop picks for the matchup between the Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics (odds via DraftKings; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).
Shohei Ohtani player props
- Pitcher prop: Shohei Ohtani Over 18.5 outs (+110 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
- Pitcher prop: Shohei Ohtani Under 8.5 strikeouts (+100 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Batter prop: Shohei Ohtani Over 1.5 total bases (+135 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
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Shohei Ohtani player prop predictions
Pitcher prop: Shohei Ohtani Over 18.5 outs (+110 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
Outside of his start in Boston (which ended after just two innings due to a lengthy weather delay), Ohtani has cleared this number in two of his four appearances. On Thursday, he's projected to have the longest start of any pitcher at 6.31 innings, according to NumberFire.
That number is just barely shy of the 6 1/3 innings Ohtani needs to go to clear this prop, but the +110 price accounts for that. In comparison, Caesars prices Over 18.5 outs at +104.
Between his projection and the fact that Ohtani has gone seven innings in two straight full starts, this price is too good to pass up.
Pitcher prop: Shohei Ohtani Under 8.5 strikeouts (+100 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Ohtani recorded 10 strikeouts in that Opening Day start against the Athletics, and he sat down 11 Kansas City Royals via the punchout in his last pitching appearance. However, we're betting Under 8.5 strikeouts for the phenom on Thursday.
Though Ohtani has the highest projected strikeout total of any starting pitcher on Thursday, that number is still just 8.02, according to NumberFire. Based on Ballpark Pal's simulations, Over 8.5 strikeouts should be trading at +117, but it's instead as short as -135 at PointsBet. DraftKings prices the Over at -130, but its Under is also longer at +100, so we'll make our bet there.
Batter prop: Shohei Ohtani Over 1.5 total bases (+135 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
Ohtani has been as dominant as any starting pitcher this season, but he's somewhat struggled at the plate - at least, relatively speaking. His 123 wRC+ represents a significant drop from those of the previous two years, and he's managed just nine extra-base hits in 106 plate appearances (one every 11.78 PAs) after averaging one every 9.51 PAs in 2022 and one every 7.99 PAs in 2021.
However, his total bases batter prop isn't being appropriately priced with at least one of our best sportsbooks on Thursday. According to Ballpark Pal's data, Ohtani should be trading at +109 to go Over 1.5 total bases against the Athletics. FanDuel has Ohtani two-plus total bases priced at a low of +100, while Caesars has Over 1.5 at +127. However, it's DraftKings' +135 number that offers the best value.
NumberFire doesn't have Ohtani batter projections, but a few of his teammates - Taylor Ward, Mike Trout, and Hunter Renfroe - are expected to be some of the day's most productive hitters. Additionally, Athletics starter JP Sears is projected to allow the most earned runs and the third-most hits of any pitcher on Thursday. At this rogue price, I like Ohtani to get in on the fun with his fellow Angels sluggers.
Angels vs. Athletics odds
Shohei Ohtani prop picks pick made 4/27/2023 at 9:00 a.m. ET.
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