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FanDuel Dinger Tuesday Picks for May 2

Max Gilson
Written by Max Gilson
May 2, 2023
FanDuel Dinger Tuesday Picks for May 2

Tuesday’s are the best day of the week during the MLB season, thanks to FanDuel’s $5 Dinger Tuesday promotion. This article will break down the promo, show you how to attack it, and give some picks to be profitable!

This year I’ll be tracking my wagers here on eatwatchbet.com. This will include tracking units ($25) won as well as free bet conversions.

How it Works

First, make sure you OPT-IN on Fanduel for the promotion. Then, for every game in which you place a $25 bet on any player to hit a home run, you get a $5 free bet for each home run hit in the game. The free bets pay out regardless of whether your pick hits or not, and you can use this promotion on every single game on the Tuesday slate.

How to Win

We’ll look to pick a player from just about every game. We don’t need to worry about the -EV nature of Fanduel’s home run prices, as the value of the promotion creates an inherently +EV environment for this type of wager.

We are going to look to target games with higher totals, as there is more expected scoring. While we’ll get into more specifics outlined with the picks, in general, you want to look for the perfect storm of hot hitters, poor pitching, high totals, and good weather.

Last Week's Dinger Tuesday Recap

Latest Odds

Game Pick Price Result
TEX vs. CIN Adolis Garcia 330 $ (25.00)
BOS vs. BAL Rafael Devers 450 $ (25.00)
HOU vs. TB Randy Arozarena 440 $ (25.00)
SEA vs. PHI Teoscar Hernandez 285 $ 71.25
CHW vs. TOR Dalton Varsho 390 $ (25.00)
NYY vs. MIN Franchy Cordero 750 $ (25.00)
MIA vs. ATL Matt Olson 280 $ (25.00)
DET vs. MIL Brian Anderson 600 $ (25.00)
OAK vs. LAA Brent Rooker 400 $ (25.00)
STL vs. SFG Joc Pederson 420 $ (25.00)

Total result: -$153.75 (-6.12u), $105 Bonus Bets awarded

It wasn’t our best showing last week, dropping $153 and putting our annual total at +$216.45. We used $40 in free bets on the Red Sox ML at +140 and the Nationals at +125. After the Red Sox won we put our annual total at +$272.45.

Keep in mind you’ll need to use free bets within one week, meaning that these will expire tomorrow if you haven’t used them yet. I’ll post picks at the end of the article, as well as on Twitter on a weekly article thread.

Weather Report

As mentioned, taking a look at the weather is an important aspect in determining if the game will yield a good home run hitting environment. It looks like we’ll have a much better Tuesday weather-wise today. There are plenty of games with winds expecting to be pushing the ball out at more than 10mph.

NYM at DET

This looks like the only game we’ll avoid this week solely based on the weather. Expect cold and wet conditions with temperatures in the low 40s in Detroit. This one has a good chance to get postponed as well.

Twins at White Sox: 7:10 pm EST

Michael Kopech takes the bump for the White Sox tonight. Kopech has really struggled in 2023, especially at home. Kopech hasn’t succeeded as a starter in the majors, despite putting together a strong 2021 campaign, mostly out of the bullpen.

His velocity hasn’t recovered since 2021, and I’m curious if the shoulder inflammation that was a concern in 2022 is rearing its head again. Kopech can’t control his slider and is pitching to a 13.4% walk rate. He’s struggled with both command and contact, making it hard to find a silver lining for Kopech’s season.

Looking into his splits, he’s struggled to strike out right-handed hitters more than lefties, so we’re going to eat the chalk with Byron Buxton in this one at +285. Buxton always pops off the chart when looking for home run hitters because of his .300 ISO.

Buxton has been on fire lately, hitting a home run in four of his last six games. FanDuel is actually higher than the market at +285, so we’ll use Buxton as our play in a game where I’d expect four-five home runs.

Cubs at Nationals: 7:05 EST

It could be a windy day in Washington tonight, with a breeze blowing out to right field. There is a small chance of rain, but I don’t think it’ll have much impact on the game. We’ll look to oppose Trevor Williams in this one, as I think he’s a player we can identify as due for regression.

Williams is the classic example of a pitcher with average counting stats (1-1. 4.10 ERA), but his peripherals do not look good. His 4.10 ERA is not supported by his 6.29 xERA. He’s limiting the walks (5% BB rate), but he’s only pitching to a 10% K-BB%.

On top of this, his xwOBA and xwOBAcon are the highest of his career pitching full-time. It’s only a matter of time before Williams’ luck runs out, and I think the Cubs can take advantage of it.

With winds blowing out to the right, I’m looking for a left-handed bat on the Cubs. Ian Happ went yard yesterday, and FanDuel’s price of +420 is similar to the market.

Angels vs. Cardinals: 7:45 pm EST

It’s no surprise the sports books are attuned to the matchup nightmare the Angels have presented to left-handed pitching in 2023. Stephen Matz has been bad in 2023, pitching to an ERA above six as well as a hard-hit rate approaching 50%. He’s struggled particularly against right-handers with a 0.965 OBP against righties.

Although Trout is the chalkiest bat in the Angels lineup, it’s for good reason. Trout hit two home runs on Saturday and seems to be seeing the ball better than his Angels teammates. Hunter Renfroe and Brandon Drury have both had their runs this year, but Trout has been one of the only consistent hitters.

The Angels have struggled to put together a league-average lineup at times in 2023, so I’m looking for their only consistent hitter with Shohei Ohtani out of the lineup tonight. Mike Trout +300.

Full List of Dinger Tuesday Picks for May 2

Latest Odds

Game Pick Price
PIT vs. TB Andrew McCutchen +560
ATL vs. MIA Matt Olson +400
CHC vs. WSH Ian Happ +420
TOR vs. BOS Rob Refsnyder +870
MIN vs. CHW Byron Buxton +285
BAL vs. KCR Anthony Santander +470
LAA vs. STL Mike Trout +300
ARI vs. TEX Pavin Smith +470
SF vs. HOU Kyle Tucker +400
PHI vs. LAK Nick Castellanos +600
MIL vs. COL William Contreras +350

Free bet usage: $25 Henry Ramos (Cincinnati Reds) HR +1500

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