Tampa Bay Rays’ Austin Meadows, front center, celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas)
- Friday is the second day of the 2021 MLB season and there are seven games on tap
- Player props have only been posted for three games as of early Friday afternoon
- See the available player props plus best bets for Friday’s games
The second day of the MLB season is a relatively quiet one. There’s just seven games on the docket, but there are still a number of MLB player props worth considering.
The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox meet in an afternoon game. It’s the opener for both clubs after Thursday’s scheduled game was rained out.
The other six contests are all night games. The table below outlines the main hitter and pitcher props available for April 2nd action. It will be updated as more games are added to the board.
The odds below are from DraftKings and FanDuel.
MLB Player Props for April 2nd
|Orioles vs Red Sox||To Hit Home Run||Total Hits||No Hits||Pitcher Strikeouts|
|Pedro Severino (BAL)||+650||-195||+150||N/A|
|Trey Mancini (BAL)||+450||-265||+200||N/A|
|Anthony Santander (BAL)||+400||-250||+191||N/A|
|Ryan Mountcastle (BAL)||+575||-250||+191||N/A|
|Austin Hays (BAL)||+650||-103||-125||N/A|
|John Means (BAL)||N/A||N/A||N/A||4.5 (+100o/-127u)|
|Enrique Hernandez (BOS)||+500||-220||+168||N/A|
|Hunter Renfroe (BOS)||+400||-167||+131||N/A|
|Xander Bogaerts (BOS)||+425||-250||+191||N/A|
|Bobby Dalbec (BOS)||+425||-165||N/A||N/A|
|Rafael Devers (BOS)||+475||-225||+171||N/A|
|JD Martinez (BOS)||+425||-265||+200||N/A|
|Alex Verdugo (BOS)||+1100||-265||+200||N/A|
|Marwin Gonzalez (BOS)||+1000||-195||+150||N/A|
|Nathan Eovaldi (BOS)||N/A||N/A||N/A||5.5 (+116o/-148u)|
|Rays vs Marlins||1+ Home Run||1+ Hits||No Hits||Pitcher Strikeouts|
|Yandy Diaz (TB)||+700||-215||+165||N/A|
|Brandon Lowe (TB)||+380||-235||+175||N/A|
|Austin Meadows (TB)||+380||-220||+265||N/A|
|Randy Arozarena (TB)||-220||-103||-125||N/A|
|Mike Zunino (TB)||-113||-103||-125||N/A|
|Willy Adames (TB)||+575||-200||-152||N/A|
|Ryan Yarbrough (TB)||N/A||N/A||N/A||4.5 (+110o/-141u)|
|Corey Dickerson (MIA)||+585||-265||+190||N/A|
|Starling Marte (MIA)||+500||-290||-225||N/A|
|Adam Duvall (MIA)||+380||-195||+148||N/A|
|Garrett Cooper (MIA)||+475||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Jesus Aguilar (MIA)||+440||-225||+170||N/A|
|Brian Anderson (MIA)||+390||-210||+160||N/A|
|Pablo Lopez (MIA)||N/A||N/A||N/A||6.5 (+115o/-148u)|
|Dodgers vs Rockies||To Hit Home Run||Total Hits||No Hits||Pitcher Strikeouts|
|Mookie Betts (LA)||+240||-800||+370||N/A|
|Cody Bellinger (LA)||+250||-600||-530||N/A|
|Corey Seager (LA)||+250||-750||+310||N/A|
|Will Smith (LA)||+260||-440||+290||N/A|
|Max Muncy (LA)||+260||-420||+220||N/A|
|Trevor Bauer (LA)||N/A||N/A||N/A||7.5 (-110o/-116u)|
|CJ Cron (COL)||+290||-320||+190||N/A|
|Trevor Story (COL)||+300||-380||+186||N/A|
|Ryan McMahon (COL)||+340||-280||+164||N/A|
|Charlie Blackmon (COL)||+420||-460||+265||N/A|
|Sam Hilliard (COL)||+460||-145||+104||N/A|
|Nathan Senzatela (COL)||N/A||N/A||N/A||3.5 (+146o/-190u)|
All odds as of April 2nd
Bauer’s Striking Dodgers Debut
The much-anticipated first start as a Los Angeles Dodger for reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer goes Friday against the Colorado Rockies. The total bar on Bauer strikeouts has been set at 7.5.
In 12 starts last season, he cleared that seven times, including in four of his last five starts. Bauer has also fanned more than 7.5 batters in each of his last two season debuts.
He struck out 13 Detroit Tigers in his first start last season. In 2019, Bauer fanned nine Minnesota Twins.
Trevor Bauer and Jose Ramirez had fun during this at-bat between old teammates 😂
(via @MLB) pic.twitter.com/9D7k7lmuuy
— SI MLB (@si_mlb) March 27, 2021
Over his career against the Rockies, Bauer is averaging 1.24 strikeouts per inning. That’s above his career average of 1.14. Based on that number, he’ll need to work into the seventh inning to get over 7.5 strikeouts.
The last time Bauer faced the Rockies was on Aug. 9th, 2017. He struck out nine batters in seven innings of work. The Rockies struck out 9.05 times per game last season.
Pick: Trevor Bauer over 7.5 strikeouts (-110)
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Meadows Hits Lopez
For certain, it’s what the baseball people would call a small sample size. Still, the fact of the matter is that Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has collected a hit in every game against the Miami Marlins when he’s faced Pablo Lopez as Miami’s starting pitcher.
Austin Meadows to the moon to give the Rays the 1-0 lead!#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/VhLI1fAYAp
— Spectrum Sports 360 (@SpecSports360) April 1, 2021
Sure, it’s only been two games. Yes, he’s knocked only a solitary hit in each game, so it’s not like he’s wearing Lopez out.
Nonetheless, a streak is a streak until it’s stopped. Ride that hot hand for all it’s worth. That being said, DraftKings is also offering a second Meadows hit prop. It’s giving +190 odds that he won’t go over 1.5 hits.
Pick: Austin Meadows 1+ Hits (-220)
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