Tuesday's Player Prop Recommendations for Maximizing Tonight's Profit

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 5:05 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 2, 2015 5:05 PM UTC

A little over a week ago would you have called the Texas Rangers an interesting team. I wouldn't. But a few player additions of late have changed the outlook of the Rangers for our MLB picks. Here are props from their game Tuesday as well as one other with Bovada odds.

White Sox vs. Rangers:

Most hits, runs and RBIs -- Melky Cabrera (-115) vs. Shin-Soo Choo (-115)

Total hits, runs and RBIs -- Prince Fielder 'over/under' 2.5

Total hits, runs and RBIs -- Josh Hamilton O/U 2.5

Total hits, runs and RBIs -- Jose Abreu O/U 2.5

Who will record more strikeouts --  Jeff Samardzija (-1.5) vs. Colby Lewis

The two players I am speaking of for Texas are outfielder Josh Hamilton and rookie third baseman Joey Gallo. The Rangers re-acquired Hamilton from the Los Angeles Angels late last month. The Halos were so eager to be rid of Hamilton after his drug relapse that they are picking up around $73 million of the $80 million remaining on Hamilton's bloated contract. He's clearly never going to be the AL MVP type of guy again, but Texas is 5-2 and back over .500 on the season since Hamilton made his debut last Monday. He had two homers in Friday's win over Boston and the winning walk-off RBI double on Sunday. The fans there love him again despite the bridges he burned on the way out a few years ago. As for Gallo, he's the top power-hitting prospect in the minors with back-to-back 40-homer seasons down there. Because Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was hurt Sunday and will miss at least 2-3 weeks, the team called Gallo up and he will debut in this one. No props for him, unfortunately. Maybe he still factors into the AL Rookie of the Year race if Gallo stays in the majors.

As for the props MLB picks, Samardzija (4-2, 3.84) has been pitching well of late as the Pale Hose have won his past three and he has given up only five total earned runs while striking out 19. He has whiffed 54 in 68.0 innings this season. Choo has faced Samardzija more than any Ranger, going 3-for-13 with a homer and two RBIs. Fielder is your AL Comeback Player of the Year right now, leading the league with a .359 average to go with 10 homers and 38 RBIs. He is 3-for-8 career off Samardzija with a homer and three RBIs. Hamilton is 2-for-6 off the pitcher with two homers and four knocked in. The Rangers' Lewis (4-3, 4.70) was raked last time out, allowing 10 runs and 11 hits in just 2.2 innings against Cleveland. However, Lewis is 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA in his last four starts against the White Sox. Lewis has 46 strikeouts in 59.1 innings this season. Cabrera is 3-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI off him. Abreu has two singles in six at-bats.

MLB Free Picks: Cabrera over Choo, 'under' Fielder and Hamilton, 'over' Abreu, Samardzija over Lewis.

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Indians vs. Royals:

Most hits, runs and RBIs -- Jason Kipnis (-120) vs. Mike Moustakas (-110)

Total hits, runs and RBIs -- Michael Brantley 'over/under' 2.5

Total hits, runs and RBIs -- Eric Hosmer O/U 2.5

Total strikeouts -- Carlos Carrasco O/U 5.5

Total strikeouts -- Jeremy Guthrie O/U 3

Kansas City is in a bit of a funk, having lost five of six. The Royals will want to win this one because they have to face Tribe ace Corey Kluber on Wednesday and he has struck out 50 batters over 32 innings in his past four starts. Cleveland has been playing very well since dropping to 14-23. The Tribe have won 10 of 13 since then and could get to .500 on Wednesday with a win Tuesday and then behind Kluber.

I feel confident in saying that the Royals' Guthrie (4-3, 6.70) will be better here than his last start when he had one of the worst in big-league history, giving up 11 runs and nine hits (four homers) in just one inning at the Yankees. Guthrie isn't a big strikeout guy with 19 in 48.1 innings. He pitched in Cleveland on April 28 and allowed four runs in five innings, striking out three. That matches his season high in Ks. Kipnis, who had a huge May, is 11-for-22 with three doubles, two homers and nine RBIs off Guthrie. Brantley is 10-for-31 with five extra-base hits and four RBIs.  The Indians' Carrasco (6-4, 4.24)  pitched in Kansas City on May 6 and gave up three runs over seven, whiffing 10. He has 66 strikeouts in 57.1 innings. Moustakas is 1-for-10 career off Carrasco. Hosmer is  4-for-12 with two RBIs and we'll take Hosmer "under" on the MLB odds.

MLB Free Picks: Kipnis over Moustakas, 'over' Brantley and Carrasco, 'under' Hosmer and Guthrie.

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