Here are the best MLB player props which I will add to my baseball betting ticket on Tuesday, May 26th, focusing on two matches, as well as an interesting prop on total scores today.
Rockies vs. Reds
Most hits, runs and RBIs -- Charlie Blackmon (-115) vs. Brandon Phillips (-115)
Total strikeouts -- Jorge De La Rosa 'over/under' 4.5
Total hits, runs and RBIs -- Troy Tulowitzki O/U 2.5
Total hits, runs and RBIs -- Todd Frazier O/U 2
Total hits + runs + errors -- De La Rosa & Michael Lorenzen O/U 27
I'm not sure why the Reds didn't fire Price last month when he had that profanity-laced tirade against the media. It was way over the top. Or when he was ejected from a game over the weekend before it started! The All-Star Game is in Cincinnati later this summer and that's supposed to be a celebration. The Reds won't want Price's potential job status hanging over the franchise. I think he's gone by then barring a huge turnaround as the Reds bring a nine-game losing streak into Tuesday. More potentially bad news: ace Johnny Cueto is undergoing an MRI on his elbow on Tuesday after being scratched from his Sunday start. The Reds would love to trade the impeding free agent but any serious injury torpedoes that. De La Rosa (1-2, 6.51 ERA) has been a big disappointment for the Rockies this season. He has 31 strikeouts in 27.2 innings and 30 hits allowed. He is 1-2 with a 7.94 ERA in four appearances (two starts) at Great American Ball Park in his career. Lorenzen (1-1, 3.79 ERA) is a rookie. His past two outings have been in relief and he has never faced the Rockies. Phillips is 3-for-10 with a homer and three RBIs career off De La Rosa. Frazier is 1-for-6 off him. He's second in the NL with 13 homers. Tulowitzki is hitting .270 away from him this season with one homer in 74 at-bats. Blackmon is batting .293 with four homers away from home.
MLB Free Picks: Phillips over Blackmon, 'over' De La Rosa strikeouts, 'under' Tulo and Frazier. 'Over' on the two pitchers at 5Dimes.
Braves vs. Dodgers
Total runs + hits + errors -- Julio Teheran & Clayton Kershaw 'over/under 22.5
Most hits, runs and RBIs -- Andrelton Simmons (+120) vs. Jimmy Rollins (-150)
Total strikeouts -- Kershaw O/U 7.5
Total hits, runs and RBIs -- Adrian Gonzalez O/U 2.5
Is this the start that Dodgers ace and three-time Cy Young Award winner (and four-time MLB ERA champion) Kershaw finally starts resembling his 2014 self? At 2-3 with a 4.32 ERA he already has as many losses as last season. He just needs to avoid the Giants as the Dodgers are 0-3 against San Francisco this season when Clayton Kershaw starts opposite 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner -- he became the first pitcher to ever go yard off Kershaw on May 21. Kershaw is second in the NL with 73 strikeouts (career-best 11.3 K/9 rate) but batters are hitting .251 against him compared to .196 last year. His average fastball velocity of 93.5 mph is his highest level since 2009. Kershaw has a career-high 53 percent ground ball rate and career-low 20 percent fly ball rate but a career-worst 20 percent home-run-to-fly-ball rate. This should be the lowest-scoring game of the night as Atlanta starts its ace in Teheran (4-1, 3.91). He has been off on the road, however, with a 5.88 ERA this season. Gonzalez is 3-for-7 with a double and two RBIs career off Teheran. MLB odds makers know that Rollins has faced him the most of any Dodgers player but those were all with the Phillies. He is 7-for-22 with four extra-base hits and four RBIs. Simmons is 0-for-3 with a strikeout off Kershaw.
MLB Free Picks: 'Under' on the Kershaw/Teheran prop, 'over' on Kershaw strikeouts and Gonzalez, take Rollins over Simmons with your MLB picks.
Total Runs Scored in all MLB Games --'Over/Under' 125.5
There are some very good pitchers on the mound Tuesday: Kershaw, the Giants' Madison Bumgarner, Tigers' David Price, Indians' Danny Salazar, Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann, Mets' Jacob deGrom and Red Sox's Clay Buchholz to name some. Seems like it should be a fairly low-scoring evening.
MLB Free Pick: 'Under.'