Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani has yet to lose a game yet this season. He faces a stiff challenge Tuesday in the rival Houston Astros. Check out our Shohei Ohtani MLB player prop picks based on the best MLB odds.
Shohei Ohtani is a sparkling 4-0 to begin the season. The Los Angeles Angels star ranks in the top 15 in ERA (2.54), top five in WHIP (0.87), and third in MLB (first in the American League) in strikeouts (59).
On Tuesday, he faces a Houston Astros club he owns a career 3-3 record against in 10 starts.
Will Ohtani's early-season dominance continue against a division rival?
Here are our best Shohei Ohtani MLB player prop picks for Tuesday's Angels vs. Astros game (odds via our best MLB betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).
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Shohei Ohtani MLB player prop picks
- Ohtani Over 7.5 strikeouts (-108 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐
- Ohtani Over 1.5 earned runs (-110 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
- Ohtani Over 0.5 hits (-150 via DraftKings, BetMGM) ⭐⭐⭐
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Shohei Ohtani MLB player prop predictions
Ohtani Over 7.5 strikeouts (-108 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐
Ohtani has reached at least 92 pitches in each of his starts this season - except for one rain-shortened outing - and that has allowed him to compile strikeouts. He's coming off a 13-strikeout outing against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 3 and has K'd a total of 32 batters in his last three starts.
The flamethrower has also fared well against the Astros lineup. He has 32 career strikeouts against current Astros hitters, including six punchouts against each of Jeremy Pena, Kyle Tucker, and Chas McCormick.
The Astros own the seventh-fewest strikeouts of any team this season, but the team has also been scuffling of late. They've won just three of their last 10 games and have scored just 14 more runs than the Oakland Athletics this season.
As long as Ohtani is able to get at least six innings under his belt, he should be able to reach eight strikeouts against a lineup he knows well.
Ohtani's strikeout prop is listed at -133 at Caesars and -130 at PointsBet, so head to FanDuel for the best value on the Over 7.5.
Ohtani Over 1.5 earned runs (-110 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
For all of Ohtani's impressive stats, he's not perfect. He struck out 13 over five innings last Wednesday against the Cards, but he also gave up four earned runs and didn't figure in the decision.
Prior to that, Ohtani gave up five earned runs to the A's in an eventual 8-7 Angels win.
The Over/Under total on his earned runs prop is at 1.5 at DraftKings and a digestible -110 odds. The Cardinals and A's own two of the worst records in all of MLB. With the familiarity between Ohtani and the Astros, Houston should be able to scratch out at least two runs against the Angels star.
Ohtani Over 0.5 hits (-150 via DraftKings, BetMGM) ⭐⭐⭐
Ohtani has had no trouble managing the pitching and hitting workload. He's recorded at least one hit in every game he's started this season. He's also coming off two straight two-hit outings.
However, he has struggled against Astros starter Framber Valdez. In 26 career at-bats against the hard-throwing lefty, Ohtani has four hits and a slash line of .154/.313/.269.
Valdez also works deep into games and owns a 1.16 WHIP this season. Nonetheless, we're comfortable backing one of the league leaders in hits to continue on his torrid pace.
Ballpark Pal's simulation has Ohtani to record a hit priced at -238, underscoring the value offered at DraftKings and BetMGM.
Shohei Ohtani prop picks made 5/9/2023 at 11:28 a.m. ET.
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