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Best MLB Prop Bets Today | MLB Player Props, July 5

Written by: Jay Sanin
Published July 5, 2023
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MLB Player Props July 5 2023

Colorado Rockies vs Houston Astros

My Pick: J.P. France to record the win (+135 at PointsBet)

The first of our MLB prop bets for today comes from Houston, where we expect J.P. France to pick up the win in the game between the Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros. France comes into this game with a record of just 3-3 on the season, but he also faces a Rockies team that is one of the easiest opponents he will face all year. Look for France to take advantage of his favorable scheduling in this contest to get to 4-3 on the season.

Helping France to get the win in this game is the fact that he has a huge advantage over his starting pitching counterpart for this contest. Chase Anderson is on the other side of this pithing matchup, who has a record of 0-3 and an ERA of 6.50 in his 45.2 innings of work on the season. While anything can happen in baseball, this matchup gives France a chance to get off to a great start and be in position to get the win.

Also working in France’s favor as he looks for his fourth win of the year is the overall performance of the Rockies on the road. It has been a rocky road for the Rockies on the road to say the least, as Colorado enters this contest with a 13-30 record away from Coors Field. Look for the Rockies’ misery outside of the Mile High City to continue in this game, to the benefit of France.

Atlanta Braves vs Cleveland Guardians

My Pick: Michael Soroka over 17.5 outs recorded (-120 at DraftKings)

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Next up, we take a prop from the Wednesday game between the Cleveland Guardians and Atlanta Braves. These teams played a thrilling extra-inning affair on Tuesday, with the Guardians coming out on top in 10 innings. Here, we like Michael Soroka of the Braves to record at least 18 outs in what should be another tight affair in Northeast Ohio.

So far this season, Soroka has only pitched in three games for the Braves, as he spent the beginning of this season getting back from a lengthy absence due to an Achilles injury. He was then sent down to Triple-A after just two starts, and has made one appearance since being brought back up to the big league club. But he has gone six innings in two of his three starts so far this year and should be able to do so again here.

A big reason Soroka should be able to get into the seventh inning of this game is the woeful offense of the Cleveland Guardians. They have prioritized avoiding strikeouts over actually scoring runs and hitting for power. That approach will continue to hurt them here against a Braves team that has the more potent offense, even if Cleveland managed to grab last night’s game in 10 innings.

Oakland Athletics vs Detroit Tigers

My Pick: Eduardo Rodriguez over 4.5 strikeouts (-110 at FanDuel)

The final MLB prop bet on our card for Wednesday is for Detroit Tigers starter Eduardo Rodriguez to strike out at least five batters from the Oakland Athletics. The A’s are one of the worst teams in baseball, to the point that the 37-47 Tigers look downright elite in comparison. Look for Rodriguez to be the main beneficiary of the ineptitude of the Athletics by racking up the strikeouts in this affair.

Rodriguez was in the early season AL Cy Young conversation for the way he was pitching for the Tigers in the first couple of months of the season. He is just 4-4 on the year, but he has a stingy 2.13 ERA and is averaging about a strikeout per inning on the season. As long as he can stay on the mound for a while in this game, the Tigers starter should be able to hit that five strikeout mark without too much trouble.

It is also worth noting that the Athletics are one of just five teams to have struck out 800 times or more as a team this season in Major League Baseball. They are not a team that is just looking to make contact, which should work to the benefit of Rodriguez and those who bet his strikeout prop over in this game.

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Jay Sanin is a sports bettor and writer from New York. He has been handicapping since the moment he was old enough to gamble legally, with his specialties being niche sports like the WNBA and XFL. He’s been told he has a voice for radio. He also has a face for radio.

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