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MLB Player Props For Tuesday | May 14

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Thomas Snodgrass

Updated: May 14, 2024

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The MLB has a fully-loaded 16-game slate for Tuesday, so MLB prop bettors will have an endless buffet of betting options.

A few quiet bats broke out yesterday, and hitting usually comes in bunches, so bettors should take note when a batter finally wakes up.

Pittsburgh Pirates’ outfielder Bryan Reynolds ended a 2-for-19 (.105) stretch by going five-for-five with a home run and two RBI, and Houston Astros’ third baseman Alex Bregman picked up three hits and belted two home runs with four RBI.

It was a welcome sight for Bregman as he entered Monday’s contest with a .201 batting average and just one home run through his first 37 games in 2024.

When the weather heats up, the bats tend to heat up as well, so for this MLB player prop article, let’s zero in on some bats that should be cracking loudly on Tuesday.

Whether a bettor is placing a wager on a player to pick up a hit or two, or drive in a run, or score a run – or some collection of hits, runs, and RBI – they will have almost too many options tonight.

So, let’s try and pare down some of these options and pinpoint a few batters that could make the most noise on Tuesday.

As always, all props are paired with the best odds.

Gunnar Henderson – SS, Baltimore Orioles

The Toronto Blue Jays visit Camden Yards in Baltimore tonight, and the Jays will send veteran righty Chris Bassitt to the mound.

That’s good news for Henderson.

In a limited six at-bat sample against Bassitt, Henderson is 3-for-6 (.500) with two home runs and five RBI.

Clearly, Henderson sees the ball well coming out of Bassitt’s hand.

Bassitt has been clipped pretty good on the road too, allowing a .289 opponent average and a 5.14 ERA in four starts.

Henderson’s bat has cooled off of late, hitting just .185 (5-for-27) over his last seven games, but as the Orioles’ leadoff hitter, he should get plenty of at-bats to correct those numbers.

In his last two games, Henderson has faced some really solid pitching, going against Arizona Diamondbacks’ righty Zac Gallen (5-2, 2.86 ERA) on Sunday and Toronto’s Jose Berrios (4-3, 2.82 ERA) on Monday.

This meeting against Bassitt is just what the doctor ordered for Henderson.

Henderson has collected 14 multi-hit games in 40 appearances this season, which is two or more hits in 35% of his games this season.

The best odds for Henderson to tally two hits is +210 at FanDuel, and that carries an implied probability of about 32%.

As the leadoff hitter of an explosive Baltimore lineup, Henderson could have many more multi-hit games as the season progresses, including tonight.

Pick: Henderson – OVER 1.5 Hits

Best Odds: (+210) FanDuel

Oneil Cruz – SS, Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates’ 6-foot-7 shortstop has been on fire at the plate, hitting .444 (12-for-27) over the last seven games, including three home runs and eight RBI.

According to BaseballSavant’s new statcast bat speed metrics, Oneil Cruz has an average bat speed of 77.9 miles per hour, which is the second fastest in the MLB, behind only Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees.

When Cruz barrels the ball up with his quick swing, stuff like this happens.

Tonight in Milwaukee, the Brewers will send righty Joe Ross to the hill, and Ross has not been treated kindly at his home park.

Ross has made seven starts this season, and in four outings on the road, Ross has compiled a 2.78 ERA, but a terrifying 8.10 ERA in his three starts at home.

Assuming Ross doesn’t toss a complete game tonight, the Brewers will have to depend on a patchwork bullpen that has produced a 4.46 ERA (18th in MLB) since May 1st.

American Family Field in Milwaukee has always been a hitter-friendly ballpark, and the ball regularly scales the fences. That could work in favor of a Pittsburgh offense that is slowly putting the pieces together, and for Cruz, one of the MLB’s fastest swingers.

Pick: Cruz – To Hit A Home Run

Best Odds: (+440) Caesars

Josh Naylor – 1B, Cleveland Guardians

The Cleveland Guardians and Texas Rangers square up in Arlington, Texas again on Tuesday.

On Monday night, after seven scoreless innings from both clubs, the Guardians exploded for seven combined runs in the eighth and ninth innings, winning 7-0.

Cleveland could pick up right where they left off against Rangers’ rookie pitcher Jack Leiter.

Leiter was a highly-touted prospect when he was drafted, but in his short time in the big leagues, it’s been a disaster.

In only 7.2 innings pitched, Leiter has allowed 15 hits, three walks, and two home runs, resulting in 13 runs (11 earned) and a 12.91 ERA.

All of that traffic on the bases should be beneficial to the Guardians cleanup hitter, Josh Naylor.

Naylor is currently tied for fourth in the MLB in home runs (11) and tied for eighth in RBI (30), and with solid players such as Andres Gimenez (.248, 2 HR, 21 RBI) and Jose Ramirez (.242, 9 HR, 37 RBI) hitting ahead of him in the lineup, he is frequently batting with men on base or with runners in scoring position.

Gimenez and Ramirez each picked up two hits last night, so that duo may be heating up, and Naylor may only need to find the grass to drive in a run tonight. Naylor may not even need a hit, as a sacrifice fly could do the trick.

Naylor should have plenty of opportunities to bring home a runner because this Texas pitching staff is looking rough right now (4.86 ERA since May 1st).

Pick: Naylor – OVER 0.5 RBI

Best Odds: (+130) BetMGM

Freddie Freeman – 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers

Whenever the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants go head-to-head, it’s always a great game.

Tonight’s pitching matchup between the Dodgers’ Gavin Stone and the Giants’ Keaton Winn could make this contest even more of an offensive show than last night’s meeting between Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Jordan Hicks.

Two solid starting pitchers in Monday’s meeting resulted in a 6-4 Los Angeles win, and I’d expect 10 runs or more again tonight.

One man that should be a key contributor to the Dodgers’ offensive efforts is first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Freeman has been quiet in 2024, but still hitting a more than respectable .293 with four home runs and 23 RBI this season.

This game could get some attention on Freeman though, as he has gone 4-for-5 (.800) with a home run and two RBI in his limited chances against Winn.

Freeman went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in yesterday’s win, but in his previous series against the Giants he picked up two separate three-hit games in early April.

Batting third in this Los Angeles lineup may be the most enviable spot in any batting order in baseball. With Mookie Betts and Shohei Ohtani hitting ahead of Freeman, and Will Smith, Max Muncy, and Teoscar Hernandez hitting behind him, Freeman always has a chance to collect a big number on the hits+runs+RBI stat combo.

Pick: Freeman – OVER 2.5 Hits+Runs+RBI

Best Odds: (+125) DraftKings

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