Best player props for Thursday's MLB slate: Dodgers return to Los Angeles
While Wednesday provided plenty of afternoon baseball, Thursday’s slate contains mostly evening games. Thursdays can also be tricky during the MLB season, as they can often be rest days for key players. Those rest decisions can make or break bets regarding the sides or totals for certain teams. Instead, we can focus on player props in the Dodgers’ home opener and the Pirates looking to shock their doubters. Along with our player props, be sure to check out our full game previews for tonight’s matchups.
Trea Turner over 1.5 total bases (+100)
The Dodgers got in and out of Minnesota yesterday with an easy 7-0 victory. They now head back to Los Angeles for their first game of 2022 in Dodger Stadium. While Thursdays may be rest days as the season rolls on, every Dodger should be excited to be in the lineup for the home opener. Specifically, Trea Turner seems to be in for a great day. L.A. welcomes pitcher Luis Cessa and the Reds.
Cincinnati is traveling cross-country after getting smacked by the newly-named Guardians yesterday. Red’s pitcher, Cessa, has just 2.2 innings of work on the season and has been unable to make a name for himself in the majors. This matchup should have Turner even more excited to put on a show in front of the Dodger faithful. He may only have 5 hits on the young season, but he seemed to be seeing the ball well yesterday. He’ll need to continue to do so if he wants to match his 2021 league-leading hit mark of 195. Facing the likes of Cessa and a subpar Reds’ bullpen, Turner should find his first extra-base hit of the season.
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Bryan Reynolds over 1.5 total bases (+115)
The Pirates have been surprising their doubters after being outscored 15-2 in their first 2 games against the Cardinals. They breezed by Chicago yesterday and now get to remain in Pittsburgh to welcome in the Nationals. While the Nats squeaked out a win over the Braves, they’ve still allowed the most hits in the league so far this season with 67. Pitcher Joan Adon accounts for 4 of those, as well as 4 earned runs in Washington’s 5-0 loss to the Mets.
Bryan Reynolds should be able to take advantage of the matchup and get back to his multi-hit ways. Fellow Pirate Ke’Bryan Hayes has been carrying the lineup thus far; however, Reynolds’ 169 hits and 292 total bases in 2021 proves he’s more than capable of taking the reins. He’s already hit his 1st home run of the season but is still looking for his 1st double or triple. He has the athleticism to stretch would-be singles into doubles, which is certainly a possibility against this Nats’ defense. Washington may use today to rest some starters and usual reliever arms after finishing their series in Atlanta; look for Reynolds to capitalize.
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