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MLB Player Prop Bet Odds & Picks: Thursday (5/9)

MLB Player Prop Bet Odds & Picks: Thursday (5/9)

The Major League Baseball schedule has been limited to seven or fewer games for the second consecutive Thursday. Still, that gives us plenty of data and options to cash in on our favorite player prop bets. Bettors should be sure to place their bets early, as three of the seven games on the line have first pitches scheduled for 3:10 PM ET or earlier.

Read on for our best MLB player bets for Thursday, May 9.

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Thursday’s best bets on MLB players

(Also courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook)

Jose Altuve More than 0.5 runs (-105)

Jose Altuve has been one of the lone bright spots this season for a Houston Astros team that has fallen far short of expectations thus far. Altuve entered Wednesday leading the team with a .336 batting average, .399 on-base percentage and 25 runs scored. His .944 OPS and 1.7 WAR are also second to Kyle Tucker, but lead all AL second basemen. Altuve’s .210 ISO is third in the Majors among all second basemen. The 34-year-old’s .366 BABIP is second, and his 25 runs scored trailed only Marcus Semien’s 27 among AL second basemen entering Wednesday.

Altuve will face New York Yankees righty Marcus Stroman, against whom he has slashed .333/.333/.533 in 15 career at-bats (including one home run). Stroman’s 1.43 WHIP and 1.75 K:BB ratios are the worst among all Yankees starting pitchers. His control issues have also been a major concern lately, with five walks in each of his previous two starts. Stroman has also allowed at least one home run in four of his last five appearances.

Stroman has induced just 22 ground balls as opposed to 20 catches in his last three starts (38:24 ratio in his first four), so Altuve has a decent chance of playing himself with a long ball even if none of his teammates do .

Ben Lively scores a win (+115)

Already hailed as a great comeback story, Chicago White Sox righty Erick Fedde started his season with a 2-0 record and a 2.60 ERA after pitching in the KBO for the NC Dinos. Before his last start, he was coming off a career-high 8 1/3 innings pitched and had even struck out 11 batters the start before.

But perhaps we were too quick to anoint Fedde all the way back to MLB caliber, when the St. Louis Cardinals whipped him for five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last start, raising his ERA to 3.46 . Fedde struggled with control (he walked five), and he ranks in the bottom quarter of the league in barrels and sixth percentile in chase percentages, suggesting his stuff hasn’t really fooled anyone all year held.

The Cleveland Guardians rank in the top nine in the Majors in batting average, BABIP, on-base percentage and strikeout percentage, so they should be able to provide Ben Lively with plenty of run support. Lively pitched to a 2.08 ERA and allowed two or fewer earned runs in all four starts this season. Additionally, three of them went the required five innings to qualify for a win. If he repeats that performance, he could easily be in line for a win against a White Sox team on pace for 123 losses.

Mike Spector is a writer at BettingPros. For more from Mike, check out his archive and follow him @MikeSpector01.