Despite a rather unremarkable Tuesday in the MLB, I feel good about the information I have to offer you regarding my favourite baseball props.
I went 1-2 on Tuesday, but it should have at least been 1-1-1, with the opportunity for 2-1. I understand it is wrong to moan and groan about what could have been the night before, but let me take a minute and shake my head in disgust at the MLB and their new ridiculous bogus slide-rule. It is because of Buster Posey and Chase Utley that the way the game is played has changed. No more collisions at home-plate and no more breaking up double-plays. Its absurd and the rules need to be re-evaluated ASAP.
But I digress and we move forward on what will be a pretty slow night on the diamond. We have three games scheduled for 7 p.m. EST or later, and the goal, as always is to sweep the board and appear to be a genius.
Since this is only my second time publishing this type of article, let me recap what I am doing for those of you who missed Tuesday's piece.
I am focusing on first inning props. These props were my bread and butter throughout last season and I feel as if you can get ahead rather quickly, perfect for those of you who are impatient and don't want to sit through an entire game.
The first inning props I will be focusing on are as follows: Will there be a run in the first inning? Yes/No. & Total Hits/Runs/Errors in the first inning.
The third prop I love to wager on are team totals. You can make a lot of money fading gas-cans and riding a hot pitcher.
Let's take a look at three of my favorite prop options that are on the board tonight. As always, odds and lines are courtesy of bovada.lv
Minnesota Twins @ Baltimore Orioles
Total Hits/Runs/Errors in First Inning
"Over" 3 +115, "Under" 3 -145
The first thing you must understand is that this prop takes into account both the top and bottom of the first innings. Three is a winner, not a push.
With that said, this Twins team is not hitting worth a damn right now and I like Ubaldo Jimenez here in a bounce-back start and season for the right-hander.
Opposing him is Phil Hughes, who had a great spring and reported to camp 15 pounds lighter.
Each of the first two games these teams have played have stayed well under the number, and I expect more of the same tonight. Neither team has good numbers hitting against the opposing pitcher, which is why I am throwing my money down on a 1-2-3 top and bottom of the first inning.
Pick: "Under" 3 -145
Chicago Cubs @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Team Total: Chicago Cubs
"Over"4.5 -155, "Under" 4.5 +125
Before the season began, there was a lot to like about the World Series favorite Chicago Cubs. Two games into the season and they look ready to be crowned World Series Champions.
The Cubs swept the interleague series against the Angels by a combined score of 15-1. They got the pitching and clutch hitting they hoped for from their key off-season acquisitions.
Moving forward to Arizona, they face a squad who just lost a series to the Colorado Rockies. Embarrassing. What's even more worrisome for this Diamondback team who spent a trillion dollars on pitching is the fact that they gave up 10 home runs in three games.
Cubs players will be chomping at the bit to extend their winning streak to three games and should have an easy time putting up runs against starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa. De La Rosa had a shaky spring, giving up 14 earned runs over 16 1/3 innings pitched.
Take the Cubbies straight up and take the team total over.
Pick: Team Total "Over" -115
Texas Rangers @ Los Angeles Angels
Will There Be A Run Scored In The First Inning
"Yes" EVEN,"No" -130
My second recommendation is to take "Over" 3 First Inning - Hits/Runs/Errors (+125).
And my third recommendation is to grab the plus-money odds and enjoy a high-scoring first inning.
Every man in the Angels clubhouse should be embarrassed by their first two games. I think this is where they get going and put up a big number against a pitcher who has a 5.46 ERA in 20 starts against them.
On the flip side, the Angels starting pitcher is not exactly a shut-down kind of guy. Hector Santiago was a first-time All-Star selection last year after going 6-4 with a 2.33 ERA. After the break, however, he carried along a 5.47 ERA and looked like a shell of his first-half self.
The Rangers should be reeling after blowing a ninth inning lead in yesterday's game. Look for them to come out and try to right the ship from the first pitch.
Pick: "Yes" Even
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