MLB Best Bets Today: Two Player Props in Plus-Money for Wednesday's Slate

May 17, 2024; Bronx, New York, USA
May 17, 2024; Bronx, New York, USA / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a full day of MLB on the slate!  Here are a couple of plus-money props to consider if you want to get in on the action. All odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Kyle Tucker over 1.5 total bases (+105) 

Hurry and grab this before it moves! No hitter is hotter than Tucker, who has two multiple-home run games across his last three games played and now leads MLB with 17 home runs.

Maybe we are getting value on this play because he is facing a lefty (Tyler Anderson), but here’s the rub: Tucker is just as good vs. lefties as he is vs. righties. Tucker’s 10 extra-base hits vs. southpaws is second only to Ketel Marte (13). He’s hitting .275 vs. lefties with a .997 OPS this year, and he’s exceeded this prop in seven of his last 10 games played. Tucker is hitting .315 at home this season with a 1.198 OPS, and yes, this game is at Minute Maid. 

Sign me up for the plus-money payout and hand me some bright orange sneakers. 

Nestor Cortes over 6.5 strikeouts (+110)

Cortes has only exceeded this prop twice this season so this is a little bold, but today he gets a Seattle Mariners lineup that has a 25.4% K-rate vs. left-handed pitching. That equates to 9.5 strikeouts per game. 

Cortes has pitched seven innings or more four times this season, and the Yankees are trying to avoid the sweep, so I am willing to bet on Cortes. Cortes has a sparkling 1.27 ERA pitching at home this season and should pitch like an ace in an important spot. 

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Jennifer Piacenti


In addition to being a fantasy sports and betting analyst at Sports Illustrated, Jennifer is a radio host for Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, and she hosts her own podcast, “Waiver Wired” on the Extra Points podcast network. Jennifer has been nominated for multiple FSWA awards for her NFL DFS video series. She’s a Scott Fish Bowl Finalist, and she finished third overall in the 2021 NFFC post-season mini. Jennifer is also a featured expert on MLB Network’s “Bettor’s Eye,” and a member of the esteemed Tout Wars, the fantasy baseball battle of the experts.