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Plans gathering steam for 2020 MLB season

The MLB season should have been in full swing by now. Instead, the players are working through independent preparations ahead of a reworked 2020 schedule, and baseball bettors can only get involved in MLB futures markets. But things appear to be trending in the right direction after the league released plans to open in-person preseason training in mid-June, followed by Opening Day in July. It is a bold move (and comes sooner than what we have seen from the NBA

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Three MLB future bets to weigh up ahead of delayed 2020 season

The Major League Baseball season was supposed to be entering its first full week by now – but a revised start date remains up in the air. With Spring Training shut down, players have little choice but to work out independently and await the next update.  The delayed start has the potential to level the playing field a little too and might set us up for a season of surprises. Disjointed preparation certainly opens the door for a few contenders

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MLB 2020 preview: What to expect in the AL East

It is hard to talk about the AL East without jumping straight to the jaw-dropping Mookie Betts trade, which lowers the ceiling for the Boston Red Sox and further strengthens the New York Yankees’ chances of winning the division. It will certainly be strange to see Betts in a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform after his heroics in Boston over the past few years. Still, there are plenty of other AL East subplots to get excited about. We take a quick

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Stunning proposed Betts trade would give Dodgers even bigger edge

The Los Angeles Dodgers were widely tipped to make it to the World Series in October even before the monster proposed trade for Mookie Betts and David Price that is currently in limbo as negotiations rumble on, but the Dodgers’ stranglehold on the National League will be as firm as it gets if that deal gets completed. Los Angeles posted 106 regular season wins in 2019, finishing 21 games ahead of the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks, so another 100-win season was

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A closer look at the Astros-Nationals World Series

After the marathon slog of the MLB season, we are down to the last two teams standing as the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals square off in the 2019 World Series. They have taken rather different paths, with the Astros cruising through the regular season on the way to 107 wins and the Nationals fighting down the stretch to secure a wildcard spot, then using that play-in game as a launchpad. Along the way, these teams have outlasted some formidable

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Game 5 on deck as Rays push Astros to the limit

When the Houston Astros jumped out to a 2-0 series lead in this American League Divisional Series, it was tough to see the Tampa Bay Rays rallying back. But on some level we should have expected it – or a response of some kind at least. The Rays relish the role of underdogs and, playing in the same division as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, they have had no choice but to accept it over the years.

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Assessing the “win or go home” MLB wildcard games

As the calendar flips to October, the MLB powerhouses limber up for the business end of the season. Playoff baseball is here and, after the marathon regular season where the games come so fast and furious that there is barely time to dwell on mistakes, the playoffs put every pitch and every at-bat under the microscope. Before the divisional round series can begin, we have to narrow the wildcard teams from four down to two via a pair of tense

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MLB power rankings (August): The top ten

We have reached that time of year when MLB’s World Series contenders start to flex their muscles and pull away from the rest of the pack. With six weeks of the season to go, a number of divisional races are essentially over barring dramatic collapses and a clear top tier has emerged. Still, the wildcard races should go right to the wire, especially in the National League. Here’s a quick look at MLB’s top ten teams heading into the home

Why the Cleveland Indians are a dangerous playoff outsider

The Cleveland Indians entered the season as the favourites to win the AL Central but were an afterthought in the World Series discussion as the defending champion Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers grabbed those headlines. After a rocky start to the year, the Indians slipped further below the radar, with the Minnesota Twins surging ahead in the divisional race. Suddenly Cleveland’s postseason hopes looked in jeopardy. But the Indians have flipped that script

Four pitchers to monitor before the MLB trade deadline

We are reaching that point in the MLB season (close to the 100-game mark) when the true contenders look to add that one pivotal extra piece and the also-rans rush to cash in their trade chips. The playoff picture is set up for numerous buyers and sellers around the trade deadline (July 31), with starting pitching always a bustling market. The New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins are among the division leaders who will likely be working the

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Picking out three MLB teams on the rise

With the 2019 MLB season now past the two-month mark, the contenders are beginning to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Though it is hard to declare any division race over with so many games left to play, the Houston Astros have taken a firm grip on the AL West while the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers have opened up sizeable leads in the AL Central and NL West, respectively. It does not feel as though we

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MLB power rankings (May): Ranking the top ten

We are approaching the two-month mark in the long and winding MLB regular season and, while there is still plenty of time for teams to reverse course, the contenders are starting to establish themselves. Here’s a look at the top ten – most of whom have been on a roll lately and are worth a look from a day-to-day betting standpoint. 1. Houston Astros Even with hit machine Jose Altuve injured, the Astros have been on a scorching win streak,

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Guerrero Jr. gives Blue Jays fresh hope – now and for the future

When the Toronto Blue Jays’ brief championship window ended, and first Jose Bautista, then Josh Donaldson left town, the countdown timer for their young prospects to join the clubhouse simultaneously started. For some time, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been the face of that rebuild – and this week marked his major league debut. Announcing himself in style Guerrero Jr., whose father was a hero in Canada during his time with the Montreal Expos, came close to clubbing a home run

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Five MLB pitchers riding a hot streak

We are closing in on the end of the first month of the lengthy baseball season, but it is never too early to dive into some of the more relevant trends, especially when it comes to the pitchers. Starting pitchers, whether in-form or out-of-sorts, can have a dramatic impact on the outcome of a game – and many of the other betting categories too. We take a look at five starters who have particularly caught the eye thus far this

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Yelich and Goldschmidt set to lead NL Central battle

The NL Central is going to serve up quite the thrill ride this season. Even with the Chicago Cubs getting off to a shaky start, it is poised to be a three-horse race for the pennant. The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals – the other members of that likely trio of contenders – have their sights set high after contrasting 2018 seasons. Two class acts That brings us to Christian Yelich and Paul Goldschmidt, whose bats will play a

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MLB Opening Weekend bets to weigh up

The first weekend of the MLB season has arrived and that means baseball game-by-game betting odds are back. While it is far too early to jump on any specific trends, especially with so many team integrating new players, there are opportunities to get in on the action. Each team sent their premier ace to the mound on Thursday so that means we will see the third and fourth pitchers in the rotation over the weekend, increasing the unpredictability of the

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Donaldson primed for a big year with the upstart Braves

As the Toronto Blue Jays slid out of the playoff picture over the past two seasons and prepared for the inevitable rebuild, Josh Donaldson faded from the spotlight at a similar speed, as did the huge payday that at one point seemed a certainty. His struggles were capped off by a 2018 season that was one long injury nightmare as a shoulder issue and calf soreness limited him to just 52 games. His batting average nosedived to .246 last year with just

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Best bets for the 2019 MLB season

With the 2019 MLB season just weeks away, Spring Training is in full swing and Opening Day buzz is building. Each team has an arduous 162-game journey ahead, with just ten playoff spots to fight for. Before the action gets underway, there are various MLB future bets to ponder, from World Series winners and division champions to win totals and MVPs. Here are some odds that jump out and are worth a look: Chicago Cubs to win the NL Central,

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MLB preview: What to expect in the NL West

While the San Diego Padres rocked the National League with their move for free agent Manny Machado, the NL West still feels like a two-horse race between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers have won six straight division crowns but should be pushed all the way, just as they were in 2018 when they needed Game 183 to shrug off the Rockies. Here’s a quick rundown of the five teams: Los Angeles Dodgers While the Dodgers are

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MLB preview: What to expect in the NL Central

The NL Central features five teams in win-now mode, ensuring a tight race for division bragging rights. The Milwaukee Brewers were a game away from the World Series last year but have a battle on their hands to even reach the postseason given the strength of the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. We break down what you need to know about each of the NL Central teams. Chicago Cubs Despite some promising patches, 2018 ended in disappointment for the

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