Expert MLB Player Props Today: Bet on Paul Goldschmidt, Hunter Gaddis and Brandon Belt on Wednesday, April 5th

By Zachary Cohen  ( 

April 5, 2023 08:04 AM

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The 2023 MLB season is underway and VSiN has you covered with every way you can possibly bet on a baseball game. As always, Adam Burke will have daily best bets to give you some ideas of what to back when it comes to moneylines, run lines and totals. However, I'm tackling player props here, and I'm targeting Paul Goldschmidt, Hunter Gaddis and Brandon Belt on Wednesday, April 5th. Keep reading to find out how I'm betting on each of them. 

MORE: Check out our Pro Picks page for everything our experts have on April 5

Here are our favorite MLB prop bets for Wednesday, April 5: 

Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals (-128, 9)

Paul Goldschmidt has been on a tear since the start of the 2023 season, as the 35-year-old is hitting .474 and has an OPS of 1.249. This is a player that is really locked in now, and he has gone over 1.5 total bases in four of the five games he has played. This afternoon, we’re rolling with him to do the same against Bryce Elder and the Braves.

Elder had a solid season for the Braves last year, but he got roughed up a bit in Spring Training. The righty made four appearances for Atlanta, starting three of those games. And he ultimately ended up heading into this season after having given up eight earned runs on 11 hits in 11.2 innings pitched.

With Elder possibly lacking in confidence heading into this outing, this just seems like a prime opportunity for Goldschmidt to stay hot. The one thing Elder has working for him is he doesn’t use many off-speed pitches, which Goldschmidt is capable of crushing. But Goldschmidt should be able to figure it out, especially with this zone he’s currently in.

Bet: Goldschmidt Over 1.5 Total Bases (+130) 

Cleveland Guardians (-123, 8) at Oakland Athletics

While the Athletics were able to earn a 4-3 win over the Guardians last night, the team still ended up striking out 10 times. We’re obviously very early in the year, but Oakland is already tied for third in the league in strikeout percentages against righties. So, we’re rolling with Hunter Gaddis to strike out at least four batters on Wednesday.

Gaddis’ first start this season was a complete nightmare, as the 24-year-old gave up four earned runs in only 3.2 innings against the Seattle Mariners. However, Gaddis still ended up striking out four batters in that game, and the reality is that this mark is so low that you almost just have to take it.

Gaddis also happened to whiff 17 batters in 13.0 innings in Spring Training, so the ability is there. And all things considered, the players he’ll be pitching to for Oakland aren’t that much better than what he faced before the season.

Could Gaddis get lit up in this game? Sure. But if he pitches at least four innings, he should hit this mark.

Bet: Gaddis Over 3.5 Strikeouts (-167)

Toronto Blue Jays (-175, 8) at Kansas City Royals

Brandon Belt’s 2023 season is off to a rough start, as the lefty slugger is batting just .091 thus far. However, there’s some optimism that he can snap out of his slump in tonight’s meeting with the Royals, who are sending Zack Greinke to the hill here.

In his career against Greinke, Belt is 12 for 40 with a double, two homers and five RBIs. This is not a matchup that has given Belt any trouble, and it isn’t surprising considering he has always hit off-speed pitching extremely hard. And Greinke goes to his off-speed stuff as often as anyone.

With all of that in mind, it makes sense to give Belt a shot here. And we like his player combo to get to two hits, runs and RBIs combined. He might be able to cash this with one swing of the bat.

Bet: Belt Over 1.5 Hits + Runs + RBIs (+100)  

Did you know that you can parlay these three picks together at +635 odds? Try out our VSiN Parlay Calculator HERE!

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