Best MLB Player Prop Bets for May 17

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It’s a massively busy Tuesday around the majors with a few doubleheaders on the slate. Could we see a pitcher with a second straight no-hitter (almost surely not)?

Here are three player prop plays on the day with MLB odds from BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review), one of BMR’s top-rated sportsbooks. 

San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 – 08:40 PM EDT at Coors Field

Rockies Player Prop: Randal Grichuk 

  • At Least 2 Hits + Runs + RBIs

We won on a Rockies player in Game 1 of this series on Monday, a 7-6 Giants victory thanks to a top-of-the-ninth homer from Mike Yastrzemski. It was San Francisco’s 11th straight win over Colorado, the Giants’ longest win streak ever against the Rockies, and matching a team-record 11-game streak against the Houston Astros from Sept. 22, 1964, to May 22, 1965. 

Our MLB pick was on CJ Cron to get at least 3 Hits + Runs + RBIs at -122, and he was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Easy money!

Today, we will go back to a Colorado hitter in outfielder Randal Grichuk, who was 2-for-4 on Monday. San Francisco starts Alex Cobb tonight, and Grichuk is 8-for-14 career off him with 3 doubles, a homer, and 5 RBIs. He was acquired this offseason in a trade from Toronto.  

Like most Rockies, Grichuk hits way better at Coors Field this year (.305) than he does on the road (.238). Colorado has scored two or more runs at home in 82 straight games dating to May 12, 2021, the longest streak in National League history and the fifth-longest since 1900 (longest: 88 games, 1949 Boston Red Sox). Grichuk may knock in two himself.  

MLB Prop Pick: Grichuk at Least 2 Hits + Runs + RBIs (-159) at BetOnline

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Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 06:40 PM EDT at Tropicana Field

Rays Player Prop: Shane McClanahan 

  • To Have 7+ Strikeouts & Rays To Win

The Tigers were one of the American League’s best teams in the second half of last season and with some good young pitching and a few interesting offseason additions (led by Javy Baez), the Motor City Kitties were at least supposed to contend for a wild-card spot if not make a bit of noise in the AL Central Division this year.  

Instead, they have been one of the major flops in the Junior Circuit at 13-23 and having scored the fewest runs in the majors with 103. Spencer Torkelson was one of the AL Rookie of the Year favorites entering the season but is batting .153 with 36 strikeouts. Robbie Grossman is at .204 with 42 strikeouts.  

Tuesday should be a dominant outing for Rays lefty Shane McClanahan, who is tied for the MLB lead with 58 strikeouts and leads all qualifiers in strikeout rate (38.2%). 

Last time out against an Angels offense that is way better than Detroit’s, McClanahan threw 7 shutout innings with 3 hits allowed and 11 strikeouts. It was the longest scoreless start of his career, and he became only the sixth pitcher in franchise history to throw at least 7 scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts or more on the road.

Even more working in his favor: McClanahan hasn’t faced the Tigers since 2019, so few current Detroit batters have seen him.  

MLB Prop Pick: McClanahan to Have at Least 7 Strikeouts and Rays to Win (-233) at BetOnline

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Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 08:05 PM EDT at Globe Life Field

Angels Player Prop: Reid Detmers 

  • Over/Under 4.5 Strikeouts

By now, everyone likely knows that the only pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters was Cincinnati’s Johnny Vander Meer on June 11, 1938 vs. Boston and June 15, 1938 vs. Brooklyn. My guess is that never will be repeated. 

The only active pitcher with a chance right now is 22-year-old Angels lefty, Reid Detmers. In just his 11th career big-league start last Tuesday, he no-hit the Rays but had only 2 strikeouts in his career-high 108 pitches. I would be very leery betting the Angels tonight behind him because Detmers threw so many pitches.  

Detmers was the second Angels rookie to throw a no-hitter, joining Bo Belinsky on May 5, 1962, and first individual to throw a no-no for the team since Jered Weaver on May 2, 2012 (the Halos had a combined one since then). 

Detmers is a guy who pitches to contact – he has only 20 strikeouts in 6 outings this season and has topped 4.5 once, albeit against Texas on April 15 despite allowing a season-high 5 runs over 3.1 innings. I don’t think he’s going to be out there long tonight. 

MLB Prop Pick: Detmers Under 4.5 Strikeouts (-126) at BetOnline 

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