Yesterday’s slate of MLB action was exciting, and just like that, we are back with an almost full 14-game slate of action. With so many games, there is a great opportunity to dive into the MLB player props markets for today’s slate.
Some teams are on their fifth game and have their weakest starter on the rubber, while other teams are back to the aces in their rotation. What’s the best way to attack MLB player props today? Let’s take a look at some player props with massive value.
MLB Player Props – Best Straight Bets
Cedric Mullin Stolen Base +255 (DraftKings)
The Baltimore Orioles have been taking advantage of the rule changes. Baltimore is running more and more every game, and they have the most steals as a team in all of baseball. The man leading that charge is Cedric Mullins, with four steals, and I expect him to get another one tonight. Runners do not run on Heaney ofter 0 he allowed no stolen bases last season and just one the season before, but this is also before these new rules were put into place. Mullins has track speed, and the Orioles are not shy about stealing, so if Mullins gets on, I like our chances at a steal for plus money.
Kenta Maeda Under 4.5 Strikeouts -111 (Caesars)
Kenta Maeda was once a very solid pitcher, but after missing all of last season and struggling before that, I do not expect any sort of bounceback from Maeta. Tonight is Maeda’s first start in a meaningful game since 2021, and though he has a good matchup against Miami, who has struggled against righties, I am not sure Maeda can recapture form right away. For starters, he may be on a pitch count. Secondly, his command may be an issue. Lastly, while Miami has struggled against righties so far, Miami seems to be in a bounce-back spot with Alcantara on the bump. Asking Maeda to get five strikeouts tonight seems like a lot to ask for.
Yusei Kikuchi Under 4.5 Strikeouts -102 (FanDuel)
One of Kikuchi’s bright spots is striking out batters, but he should not lock down today. Kikuchi is hit-and-miss – he either pitches very well, or he gets shelled early in the game. The Royals have struck out in more than half of their at-bats against lefties, but I do not think this trend continues tonight. In one start in KC last season, Kikuchi did not make it out of the first inning. He has rung up four or more Royals just once in five tries. There is no guarantee this guy goes more than three innings, so it’s safer to go under here.
MLB Player Props – Best Same Game Parlay
Twins @ Marlins
I already wrote about why we should fade Maeta today, so we will build around him in the parlay. Joey Gallo has been hitting nukes all season long, and he has two extra-base hits off Alcantara in his career. Chisolm has never seen Madea, and the Marlins’ offense has been ice-cold, so they need one of their best players to provide a spark.