There are eight games around the majors Thursday but a lot of early starts on a getaway day for some teams, so our options are a bit limited. Here are three player prop plays of the day with odds from BetOnline, one of BMR’s top-rated sportsbooks.
Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals
Thursday, May 19, 2022 – 02:10 PM EDT at Kauffman Stadium
Tim Anderson - Over/Under 1.5 Hits
The White Sox are a hard team to figure out as they sit a disappointing 18-19. Their starting pitching has been good (the bullpen stinks), but the lineup has been a massive disappointment and it should be among the best in the American League with the likes of Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Jose Abreu, and Luis Robert. The injury to outfielder Eloy Jimenez hasn’t helped matters.
In Wednesday’s loss in Kansas City, the Sox were held to four runs or fewer for the 29th time in 37 games this season (78.4 percent), the second-most such games in the majors behind only Detroit (32). One issue might be that the team is too right-handed; the Sox struggle against righty pitchers but murder lefties.
One bright spot of Wednesday’s 6-2 loss was Tim Anderson going 3-for-5, although he didn’t manage to score a run. It was his seventh three-hit game, one shy of Xander Bogaerts for the MLB lead, while tying Colorado’s C.J. Cron for the MLB lead in multi-hit games (15).
Anderson’s game-tying RBI single in the fifth off Zack Greinke was his first RBI since May 10 vs. Cleveland, snapping a season-long six-game drought. In hitting leadoff, Anderson doesn’t get a ton of RBI opportunities.
Chicago faces one of the American League’s worst pitchers today in Carlos Hernandez (0-3, 9.11 ERA, 2.03 WHIP). Thus, Anderson is set at over/under 1.5 hits instead of 0.5. It’s not all that easy to get two hits in a game and under is priced very reasonably. Plus, Anderson is 0-for-3 career vs. Hernandez.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs
Thursday, May 19, 2022 – 07:40 PM EDT at Wrigley Field
Who Has More Strikeouts?
- Zac Gallen vs. Marcus Stroman
While some series are ending Thursday, it’s the opener of this four-game set between the Diamondbacks and Cubs and Arizona’s lone trip to Wrigley Field this season. The Cubbies surprisingly took two of three in the desert last weekend.
Last Saturday vs. Chicago, Snakes ace Zac Gallen (2-0, 1.05 ERA) took a no-decision despite allowing just one run and two hits with nine strikeouts over six innings. His 1.05 ERA is the second-lowest by an Arizona starting pitcher in his first six starts of a season in franchise history since Hall of Famer Randy Johnson’s 0.91 ERA in 2000.
Gallen has struck out at least five in five straight starts and at least seven in three of those. The Cubs rank 10th in the majors with 326 batter strikeouts.
Chicago will activate Marcus Stroman off the COVID injured list to start Thursday. Stroman, 31, last pitched on May 1, having thrown his best game of the season before being scratched for his next start. That fact Stroman obviously must have had the virus and missed nearly three weeks makes me think he will not be out there long tonight.
He’s more of a ground-ball pitcher than strikeout guy anyways with just one game of more than five Ks this season and 22 strikeouts overall in 26.1 innings.
MLB Pick: Gallen With More Strikeouts (-295) at BetOnline
Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros
Thursday, May 19, 2022 – 08:10 PM EDT at Minute Maid Park
This is the late game on the Thursday schedule with a fairly early 8:10 p.m. EDT first pitch. Weird schedule today.
The Astros have gone 13-2 in the 15 starts made by second baseman and former AL MVP and batting champion Jose Altuve since he returned from the injured list on May 2. In those games, Altuve is hitting .320 with seven homers, 10 RBIs, and 15 runs scored – Houston is 19-5 overall this season with Altuve in the lineup.
Also this week, he became the fourth player in club history to reach 1,800 career hits, joining Craig Biggio (3,060), Jeff Bagwell (2,314), and Jose Cruz (1,937), and fourth to reach 900 runs, joining Biggio (1,844), Bagwell (1,517) and Lance Berkman (1,008).
Texas starts struggling right-hander Glenn Otto (1-1, 6.38 ERA) in the series opener. He was just raked for eight runs over four innings against Boston and allowed two runs and four hits over 4.1 vs. Houston on April 27. While Altuve is 0-for-2 with a walk career off Otto, that’s too small of a sample size.
Altuve will extend his hitting streak to six games tonight and score at least one run (he has scored in four of past five) to hit this prop. At home this year, Altuve is batting .385.
MLB Pick: Altuve With at Least 2 Hits + Runs + RBIs (-189) at BetOnline
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