Player props can be useful in a variety of ways -- from taking advantage of them straight up (to the tune of cold hard cash) to measuring a player's potential to produce in daily fantasy baseball on FanDuel. Here, we're going to focus on the former.
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Luis Robert To Hit a Home Run (+360)
Zach Plesac will be on the hill for the Cleveland Guardians, and he finished last season with a 4.46 xFIP and allowed 1.88 HR/9, a 38.7% fly-ball rate, and a 35.5% hard-contact rate versus right-handed hitters. He also carried a very low 17.7% strikeout rate and really isn't too much of a threat on the mound to hitters. That fly-ball rate can be very dangerous for him, and with a bit of wind blowing out in Cleveland today, it could lead to some easier home runs.
We turn to Luis Robert, who had a 135 wRC+, .179 ISO, 34.9% fly-ball rate, and 33.7% hard-contact rate versus righties last season. In this split specifically, he's a bit borderline of where I'd normally look, but this is a plus match with Plesac, and the wind is a little boost I'm willing to take a shot with.
Jordan Montgomery Over 4.5 Strikeouts (-112)
A favorable matchup has the over on Jordan Montgomery's strikeout prop worth considering today.
At 4.5 strikeouts, Montgomery's prop is very reasonable today, and the Detroit Tigers are certainly a matchup worth attacking. Last season, the Tigers' active roster had a 23.2% strikeout rate versus left-handed pitchers, which was the 13th worst in the league. To start this season in a small sample size, the Tigers have a 28.1% strikeout rate versus lefties, which is the fourth-worst in the league.
Montgomery carried a 24.5% strikeout rate last season and was able to reach five strikeouts or more in six of his last 10 starts. I also have some interest in reaching for his Alt line of 6+ strikeouts (+190), given how much the Tigers are striking out to begin this season.
Salvador Perez 2+ Total Bases (+105)
Salvador Perez has a plus money player prop worth looking at today.
The Kansas City Royals have a modest 3.85 implied run total today and are going up against Joe Ryan of the Minnesota Twins. Ryan made his MLB debut last season and combined with this year, has a total of 36.2 innings pitched, which is very small in the grand scheme of things. Ryan has flashed some good things with a 38.9% strikeout rate versus righties in this short time but also had a 41.5% fly-ball rate. He might have potential going forward, but ultimately, he's still a young and unproven pitcher.
This is where I generally always side with a proven, veteran hitter such as Perez. We're getting plus money on a hitter who had a 115 wRC+, .246 ISO, and 39.3% fly-ball rate versus right-handed pitchers last season. I'm siding with Perez and his consistency over 36.2 innings from Ryan.