Best MLB player prop bets today: Aaron Judge, Jose Ramirez show off their bats

New York Yankees hitter Aaron Judge
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Mark Lammey

MLB · 1 month ago

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I've been a capper since my love for sports met my proficiency with numbers and math. The NFL and NCAAF have always been my first loves, followed by the NHL. Although I prefer sports that involve hitting people, I still love capping MLB, soccer, tennis, and even some esports. Living in Florida has its perks like year-round sports of any kind.

The majority of the league began a new series on Monday, and the games continue on Tuesday with a massive 18-game slate. We’ve got plenty of divisional battles, 3 doubleheaders, and even some afternoon baseball. Let’s take a look at some players for the high-powered Yankees and newly-named Guardians. Along with our player props, be sure to check out our full game previews for tonight’s matchups.

Aaron Judge over 1.5 total bases (-125)

Not only are the Yankees off to the best start in the league, Aaron Judge has been one the best hitters. Along with Giancarlo Stanton, their powerful bats have led New York to the best record in baseball. Judge has been racking up the bases, and is now tied for the 2nd-most in the league with 79. That should come as no surprise, as he ended the 2021 season with 299 total bases, the 17th-best in the league. Now he gets to take on an inexperienced, young arm of Spenser Watkins.

Watkins is getting the start for the Orioles on Tuesday, and Judge will be looking to help the Yankees build on their division lead with some timely hitting. He’s currently 3rd with his 1.001 OPS and already has 12 home runs on the season. Along with 6 doubles, he is a great hitter when it comes to total base props. Rather than relying on the need for multiple hits, he can cash this prop with just a single swing. He’s already done so 17 times this season, including 2 games with 8 total bases. Judge also hit this prop in all 3 of the games in the last series against the Orioles, and he had 5 total bases in 2 of those games. We’re not asking for another 8 total base performance, but there should be no issues getting a couple of bases off Watkins nice and early.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for the New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

Jose Ramirez over 1.5 total bases (+110)

The Guardians have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, but one hitter they made sure to pay was Jose Ramirez. In fact, Ramirez came out and said he took less money to remain in Cleveland. His dedication to the team has paid off, as he now has 72 total bases, the 6th-most in the league. He’s been on fire, driving home rookie sensation Steven Kwan on a regular basis. Now facing the league’s worst team, Ramirez should continue to deliver. The Reds haven’t been as bad recently, but also just lost a game without allowing a hit the other day. 

They’ll have Connor Overton on the mound, and he should be in for quite the wake-up call. He’s had the luxury of facing a weaker Pirates lineup in each of his last 2 starts, and now gets the likes of Ramirez. Jose is sitting 6th in the league with his .967 OPS and is a great balance of contact and power. He’s already had 8 doubles and 2 triples along with his 8 home runs. He’s on pace to replicate his 2021 performance where he racked up 297 total bases. Ramirez has only faced the Reds twice this season, but they were an incredible 2 games. He had 8 total bases in the first meeting, and 7 more total bases in the second. It certainly helps that the Reds also have the league’s 2nd-worst bullpen with a 4.93 ERA. Whether it is off Overton on the relievers, Ramirez should capitalize.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for the Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland Guardians

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