Best MLB Player Props to Consider for May 16

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C.J. Cron #25 of the Colorado Rockies. Norm Hall/Getty Images/AFP

Mondays are usually fairly slow around the major leagues but not this Monday with 13 games scheduled, although the weather might be an issue in a couple. Here are three-player prop plays on the day with MLB odds from BetOnline, one of BMR’s top-rated sportsbooks. 

Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals 

Monday, May 16, 2022 – 08:10 PM EDT at Kauffman Stadium

White Sox Player Prop: Luis Robert #88

  • Over/Under 0.5 Hits 

This is the start of a rare five-game series as the teams will play a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday. The White Sox come off a tough 5-1 home loss to the Yankees on Sunday. Tough because New York had just two hits. It was the first time the Pale Hose lost a game allowing two hits or fewer since a 1-0 defeat vs. Detroit on April 8, 2018. 

I’ve said before in this space that Sox outfielder Luis Robert was my preseason value pick to win American League MVP. I’m feeling a bit better about that now as Robert is red-hot and is down to +5000 to win AL MVP at BMR’s top-rated books. The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani is the +250 leader to repeat.  

Robert had two of Chicago’s four hits in Sunday’s loss and has tied his career-high with a 13-game hitting streak, slashing .407/.458/.537 with two homers, eight RBIs, and 11 runs scored in that span. The Cuban’s previous 13-game run was in September 2019. Kansas City starts Brad Keller on the mound today and Robert is 0-for-1 with an RBI career against the right-hander. 

MLB Prop Pick: Luis Robert Over 0.5 Hits (-210) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies 

Monday, May 16, 2022 – 08:40 PM EDT at Coors Field

Rookies Player Prop: C.J. Cron #25

  • At least 3 Hits + Runs + RBIs 

The series opener between NL West rivals. The Giants are at a modest disadvantage Monday because they had to play Sunday night in St. Louis and then travel late – that has been a very bad omen this season for teams in that position. 

I’m definitely not saying that Rockies' first baseman C.J. Cron is going to win NL MVP honors because he’s almost surely not going to; Colorado simply isn’t good enough for Cron to win an individual award of that type.

The 29-year-old is having his best season so far, though, batting .305 with nine homers, 25 RBIs, and a .940 OPS. At home, he’s raking: .378 average, seven homers, 19 RBIs, and 16 runs scored compared to .211 with two homers, six RBIs, and just two runs scored on the road (another reason he won’t win MVP; voters are well aware of the Coors Field factor).

He actually has been murdering the ball at Coors since August 1st of last season, slashing .399/.455/.768 with 17 doubles, 15 home runs, and 52 RBIs. Cron also has had success against scheduled Giants starting pitcher Alex Cobb, going 5-for-18 with three homers, a double, and five RBIs.  

MLB Prop Pick: C.J. Cron at Least 3 Hits + Runs + RBIs (-122) with BetOnline

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Atlanta Braves vs. Milwaukee Brewers 

Monday, May 16, 2022 – 07:40 PM EDT at American Family Field 

Brewers Player Prop: Freddy Peralta #51

  • To Have 7+ Strikeouts and Milwaukee to Win 

Note that if you are planning to bet on the side for this game, a key player on each side could miss it: Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hasn’t played since last Tuesday with a groin injury, and Brewers shortstop Willy Adames sprained his ankle Sunday but X-rays were negative. Adames isn’t hitting for a high average but is tied for fifth in the majors with nine homers. 

Even if Adames is out, which seems likely, I still like the Brewers to win at home behind Freddy Peralta (2-1, 4.40). He has allowed three earned or fewer in every start but one and has struck out at least seven in three straight. The Braves strike out a league-high 25.5 percent of the time. In Sunday’s loss to the Padres, Atlanta struck out 16 times. 

Peralta last faced the Braves in Game 3 of the 2021 NLDS and had five strikeouts in four innings – he should go at least six innings tonight. I almost hope Acuña does play even though he makes the Braves better because he’s a 1-for-6 career off Peralta with four strikeouts. Really no Braves batters have good splits against him.  

MLB Prop Pick: Peralta to Have at Least 7 Strikeouts and Brewers to Win (-108) with BetOnline

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