MLB’s best props on July 31: Bet on Semien to stay warm against the Angels

Every team is in action today as MLB wraps up its league-wide weekend streak.

The pre-game story: Marcus Semien is looking to stay hot against the Los Angeles Angels, Shane McClanahan faces new faces and Eric Hosmer has a positive game tonight.

Check out our top MLB prop picks for July 31.

Overview of MLB Prop Picks

  • Marcus Semien on 1.5 bases (+105)
  • Shane McClanahan 7.5+ strikeouts (+114)
  • Eric Hosmer on 1.5 total goals (+132)

Top MLB Prop Picks

Best bet: Semien on 1.5 bases (+105)

Semien hasn’t enjoyed the numbers like he did last season with the Toronto Blue Jays, but we love that he’s producing there.

The Texas second baseman has crossed that mark in consecutive games against the Angels, collecting four hits in that span, including a double and a home run.

We’re also optimistic about his game against Angels starter Reid Detmers. In limited appearances, Semien went 3 for 6 against the southpaw with a triple. That should come as no surprise, considering Semien has done his best work against lefties this season.

The 31-year-old has posted a respectable .262/.333/.456 slash line against left-handers this year, with a batting average nearly 30 points above his mark against right-handers (.233 vs. .262).

Semien has been on a hot streak since the all-star break, so let’s ride with him to continue in tonight’s game.

Key stat: Semien has crossed that mark in seven of his last 11 games.

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Quick Picks

McClanahan 7.5+ strikeouts (+114): McClanahan has exceeded that total in four of his last six starts, and we expect that to happen today against the Cleveland Guardians. The flamethrower southpaw from Tampa has a completely clean roster against Cleveland, having never faced anyone on the roster.

We think that favors McClanahan, who has the second-best K/9 rate among skilled pitchers (11.78).

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Hosmer on 1.5 total goals (+132): Hosmer has crossed that line in three of his last five games, totaling five hits in that span (including one home run). The Padre is 3-9 against Dylan Bundy, who is on the hump for the Minnesota Twins this afternoon.

The soft-throwing right-hander hasn’t been particularly successful lately either. He posted a 6.05 ERA in the month of July and was bombarded for five earned runs over four innings in his last start against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Odds at 12:35 p.m. on 07/31/2022.


Avery Perri writes about sports betting for NorthStar Bets. NorthStar Bets is owned by NordStar Capital, which also owns Torstar, Star’s parent company. Follow him on Twitter: @AveryPerri

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