MLB Prop Bets: Today’s Best Bets for Player Props (May 18)

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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy May 18, 2022, 12:32 PM
  • We pick our favorite MLB player prop bets to consider for today's games
  • We also provide one recommendation for MLB's Beat the Streak contest
  • Lines provided by BetMGM sportsbook

There are 15 games for Monday’s MLB slate (May 18), and we’ve identified a few favorable baseball player prop bets on the BetMGM Sportsbook that you could consider ahead of today’s action.

We’ve also provided a recommendation for MLB’s Beat the Streak free-to-play contest.

MLB Player Prop Bet: Wednesday, May 18

Ryan McMahon Will Record an RBI (+125)

San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies, 3:10pm ET

Coors Field has been awash with offense this week, as the Rockies and Giants have combined for 30 runs in the previous two games. It’s not a stretch to assume the offense will continue with a Coors Field day game on the docket for Wednesday.

I’m targeting McMahon specifically because he’s really in a groove right now. He’s accounted for seven RBIs through his last five games, including four in the first two games of this Rockies series. With lots of offense expected again today, I’ll back the Rockies’ hottest run creator to continue to generate scores.

Yuli Gurriel Will Record an RBI (+130)

Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox, 6:10pm ET

You’ll be forgiven if a random spring game at Fenway wasn’t the Boston game that was on your sports calendar for Tuesday evening. Nevertheless, it got weird fast. The Astros hit five bombs in the top of the second, and the game was pretty much instantly over. Houston ultimately won 13-4.

I was on the Red Sox last night, so I was immediately aware of what was going on and flagged the result as a potential fade target for today. But as I dove into my player research, it occurred to me that Gurriel’s RBI prop was just as good a bet as anything else on the board.

Like McMahon, he’s got seven RBIs in his last five games; unlike McMahon, he’s got a compliment of other big bats around him that are highly adept at getting on base. I’ll probably play the under in this game as a broader sell-high on Fenway offense, one night after a game with 17 runs. But I’ll also take a position here on the Gurriel prop, since he’s raking so hard right now. (I also think Pivetta is pretty overrated.)

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MLB Beat the Streak Pick for Today: Wednesday, May 18

Single Selection: Darin Ruf

San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies, 3:10pm ET

Ruf has had an outstandingly consistent month so far, recording at least one hit in 11 of the 14 games he’s appeared in for the Giants. Today, the Giants are looking to complete a three-game sweep at Coors Field, which will help them keep pace with the Dodgers and Padres.

Anyone that follows MLB odds closely knows the deal with Coors Field. The totals are high for a reason. So far in this series, have scored 17 runs.

Thus, I’m counting on Ruf to continue to put the ball into play in a day game that should see plenty of offense as it is.


Best Streak of the Season: 6

Apr. 16: Maikel Franco
Apr. 15: DJ LeMahieu
Apr. 14: Mookie Betts
Apr. 13: Trea Turner
Apr. 13: Ke’Bryan Hayes
Apr. 12: Ozzie Albies

MLB Player Prop Bets Frequently Asked Questions

What is an MLB Prop Bet?

MLB player prop bets allow bettors to bet online on very specific aspects of a game involving a player outcome. You might choose to bet on how many hits your favorite player will record or whether or not a game will go to extra innings.

In contrast, traditional straight bets often allow bettors to take a position on games in ways that are commonly mentioned by gambling media and analysts. Common markets you may have heard of include the total or MLB run lines. Generally speaking, they are bets on the overall outcome of a game.

Exploring the MLB props page at your favorite online sportsbook is the best way to discover all the different types of props.

MLB Baseball Player Prop Bets

While there are a seemingly infinite number of potential MLB prop bets, the most popular are often player props that revolve around basic stat accumulation for star players. Things like:

“Will Trea Turner record at least two hits?”

“Will Max Scherzer throw more than 6.5 strikeouts?”

“Will Giancarlo Stanton hit a home run?”

Many player props are centered around betting whether or not a specific player will record over or under a specific number on a given baseball statistic.

These player props are great options in online sports betting for those who want to isolate their wager to one specific player, rather than gamble on the collective performance of a team. If you don’t like any of today’s MLB odds, you can always consider the player prop market.

What is the Most Popular MLB Player Prop Bet?

The top 10 most popular MLB player prop bet types are: 

  1. Over/Under Home Runs by a player
  2. How many strikeouts by a pitcher
  3. Over/Under Hits by a player
  4. Over/Under RBIs by a player
  5. How many outs with the starting pitcher record?
  6. How many total runs will a player record?
  7. Over/Under Doubles by a player
  8. Over/Under Singles by a player
  9. How many stolen bases with a player record?
  10. How many total bases will a player record?

You can bet any individual category as a single prop bet. Just take a look at the MLB standings, select a team, isolate a player and pick your prop.

MLB Team Prop Bets

Unlike individual player props, MLB team prop bets are wagers on a specific element of a team’s performance. Rather than betting on a team’s game outcome with a total or run line, some bettors might choose to bet on a more granular detail of a game.

For instance, in a game between the Mets and Phillies, one bettor may choose to wager on which team will score first, or whether there will be a run scored in the first inning.

Much like the extensive marketplace for player props, there are a seemingly infinite number of team props available for savvy bettors. The best way to discover them all is by exploring the MLB Props page.

MLB’s Beat the Streak Frequently Asked Questions

What is Beat the Streak?

Beat the Streak is a totally free-to-play contest where fans predict that a specific MLB player can get a hit in a specific game. If fans can build a streak of 57 consecutive correct picks (beating Joe DiMaggio’s famous 56-game hitting streak), they can win $5.6 Million.

Where can I play Beat the Streak?

You can play MLB’s Beat the Streak daily content in the MLB Play app, which is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

Who can play Beat the Streak?

Beat the Streak is open only to legal residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are at least 21 years old at the time of registration.

What is the daily deadline to submit my Beat the Streak pick?

Picks must be in five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the MLB game in which the pick is scheduled to appear. Once the deadline passes, the game considers your picks “locked” in.

Other Beat the Streak resources:

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.