Dodger Nation awaits news on its prized ace, Clayton Kershaw
July 26, 2017 8:35 AM
by Ramon Scott
While Dodger Nation awaits the news on its prized ace, Clayton Kershaw, and his ailing back, the rest of the major leagues breathe a little bit more hope into their World Series chances at the expense of unfortunately-timed injury to the game's best hurler.
Kershaw left Sunday's game against Atlanta after suffering some discomfort in the lower side right back of his back and was headed back to the disabled list with a similar ailment which he suffered in mid-2016 which sidelined him 10 weeks.
The setback registered a small shockwave in Las Vegas, as well, leaving around 75 percent of the patrons holding a straight-bet wager as high as -400 or more on Sunday against the visiting Atlanta Braves with the main man heading back into the locker room.
The Dodgers still prevailed, but not without a sweat in a 5-4 victory with a tenth-inning walk-off hit after Kenley Jansen blew a rare save, allowing a three-run homer to Matt Adams with two-out in the ninth.
The left-hander even commented publicly on his feelings regarding the injury following the contest, stating that he didn't want to compare this injury to the one suffered two years ago. That injury sent shocking nerve pain down into his leg.
The Dodgers have the luxury in what most consider the majors' deepest rotation, but considering the team's obvious chance at the title as the World Series favorite, it would seem likely that L.A. would make a move to acquire another big-time arm to complete this historic run.
Los Angeles was reportedly already extremely interested in trading for the Rangers' ace, Yu Darvish. That interest could accelerate approaching the end of the month trade deadline, as talks were already in the preliminary stages this past week.
Another important pitcher in the postseason picture was taken out of a game for precautionary measures Sunday, as the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg, who has a long history of injury matters, left after two innings with forearm stiffness, sending even a further want into the league-wide trade market.
Oakland's Sonny Gray, St. Louis' Lance Lynn and Miami's Dan Straily were expected to be the other starters that could be on the move and the sellers may be gaining equity. Houston is in serious contention, but is still trying to shore up its beleaguered rotation and over-used bullpen. Atlanta’s Jaime Garcia, also on that trade list, was in fact dealt to Minnesota in a multi-player transaction late Monday.
BAL (+130, 10o25) at TB (Wed., 9:10) – Rays’ Alex Cobb has had some reasonable success against this expected BAL lineup, holding it around a .235 mark with close to 150 PAs, and he carries just a 2.75 ERA at home. Cobb has lost just once in his last eight starts. The Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez had a 7.19 ERA and faces a Rays team which is fourth in the majors in going OVER the total. Jimenez, despite being up over +2.5 units this season, has allowed 21 runs in his last four starts. The O's are eighth in MLB in going OVER.
LAA (+130, 9.5) at CLE (Wed., 4:10) - Angels' Alex Meyer has been had a terrific seven-inning shutout outing vs. WAS last out. However, the young fireballer has a 1-5 mark on the road with a 7.16 ERA away and is down nearly three units on the season. Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco is 10-4 overall with a 3.62 ERA and has held this expected Halo lineup to nearly a .200 average with over 50 PAs.
MIL (+107, 9) at WAS (Thu., 9:05) - Tanner Roark could be back in form after two very good starts, including 11 Ks last out at ARI. Still, he possesses a 5.31 ERA at home. Brewers Matt Garza has just one road win this season, but a 3.89 ERA away from home. Brewers are the fourth-most profitable team for bettors.
TB (+120, 8.5u15) at NYY (Thu., 4:05) - C.C. Sabathia has won seven of his last nine starts and has a 9-3 mark with a 3.44 ERA this season, but has a 5.29 ERA at home. He is the majors' second-most profitable pitcher, bringing home over +8.5 units. The Rays' Chris Archer gets another tough matchup as noted by his 7-6 mark despite continuously racking up eight strikeouts or more, including 11 against the Rangers last out.
KC (+140, 9u20) at BOS (Fri., 4:10) - Royals send the majors' most-profitable pitcher to the mound here in Jason Vargas, who is up just over nine units. Boston's David Price is coming off his worst outing in a month and a half, but holds this likely KC lineup to around a .240 mark over approx. 100 PAs.
CUB (-147, 8o20) at MIL (Fri., 5:10) - Jose Quintana has been great for the Cubs so far and had another strong outing in the win Sunday night against the Cards. He's now up over four units for the season overall. The Brewers' own lefty, Brent Suter, has been a pleasant boost with a 2.84 ERA over five starts now and is warranting consideration for staying in the rotation. He had a rough time facing this lineup in an appearance back in April, getting knocked around for four runs in one inning.
CIN (+115, 9.5) at MIA (Sat., 4:10) - Edinson Volquez is down nearly three units for the season overall for the Reds with a 4-8 record. For Miami, Tim Adelman has just one win over his last eight starts and has given up three runs or more in his last six outings with a season ERA near 5. He is down just over -2.5 units for the year.
ARI (-135, 8o20) at STL (Sat., 4:15) - Zack Greinke has a stellar mark against the bulk of the Cards' lineup, holding the regulars to just over a .200 avg. over around 100 PAs in his career. Greinke's ERA is 3.75 on the road, and he is up nearly +3.75 units. The Cards' Mike Leake allows well over a .300 average over nearly 100 PAs to Arizona’s lineup. Leake has just a 3.48 ERA overall, however, but is down a little over -3 units this season.
LAA (EV, 10.5) at TOR (Sun., 10:07) - Aaron Sanchez has had some control issues in his three starts since his Toronto return, averaging a walk per inning. He has a 6.92 ERA at home this season. The Angels are third in the league in going UNDER, but Jesse Chavez comes in with a road ERA over 6 and is 5-10 overall. Chavez has registered just one win in his last 10 starts, though is down nearly just two units overall.
SF (+170, 8.5o20) at LAD (Sun., 5) - L.A. is reportedly taking huge action at the window, driving prices higher than have been seen in years. Kenta Maeda goes for the Blue here, as they're in the process of adjusting the rotation. He has a 3.11 ERA at home, but allows nearly a .300 avg. to the expected L.A. lineup tonight in nearly 70 PAs. Johnny Cueto, of the Giants, has just one win over his last eight starts and has run into control issues of late. Cueto lost to the Dodgers back on June 17, allowing five runs over six innings.