If Tim Tebow is going to make his Triple-A baseball debut in Las Vegas this August, he’ll first have to recover from an injury to his right hand, which landed him on a seven-day disabled list late last week.
Tebow, currently an outfielder for the Mets’ Eastern League affiliate Binghamton Rumble Ponies, was recently named to the Double-A All-Star Game with a .273 average, six home runs, and 36 RBI in 86 games.
The 30-year-old former college Heisman Trophy winner and pro football quarterback could appear here as a member of the 51s, especially if it appears the major league club will be making some deadline trades this week with another season down the ol’ subway tubes.
The novelty of Tebow’s efforts is worn out after the minor league grind of the last season-plus, at levels where he is often as many as five years older than most of his teammates, while his success, as impressive as it is marginal, has come mostly on the resilience of his famed work ethic.
As the Mets’ season has unraveled again, it would seem very possible Tebow could be at Cashman Field for at least part of August with a possible call-up to Citi Field after the rosters expand in September, but that could hinge on the severity of the injury setback.
For a little Vegas (and possibly New York) glitz and glamour from the man who will continue as an analyst for ABC during the next few college football seasons, at least for now, as the lightning-rod star recently said, he indeed was dating 2017 Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa.
It is the second time Tebow has dated a winner of the ultimate beauty pageant, but that relationship, with 2012 Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, who was Miss Rhode Island, reportedly ended after two years.
PIRATES (+170, 8.5o20) at CLE INDIANS (Wed., 10:10): Bucs’ Jameson Taillon has won his last two starts, allowing just one earned run in each for the red-hot Pirates, who are also getting a strong contribution from their bullpen. Trevor Bauer’s strikeout numbers have actually tailed off a bit and his walks are up with 10 over the last three starts, but still dominant. PIT, 4-3
TWINS (EV, 9.5o15) at BLUE JAYS (Wed., 1:07): Minnesota’s Ervin Santana makes his season debut following a rehab stint after undergoing a surgical procedure on his finger just a week before the season began. The Jays’ Sam Gaviglio hasn’t posted a win in his last 10 starts but has a 2.50 ERA at home. Toronto is up over five units at home vs. RH starters. TOR, 5-4
WHITE SOX (+160, 8.5) at LA ANGELS (Wed., 7:07): Angels’ Tyler Skaggs had just an off night on Friday in the loss to Houston, as he allowed three earned runs and struck out only one. White Sox came into the week down 8.5 units to right-handed starters on the road, though starter James Shields, who is 1-6 on the road, has been somewhat effective of late. LAA, 5-3
NATIONALS (-120, 8u20) at MARLINS (Thur., 4:10): Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg apparently drew the ire of teammate Max Scherzer during his last start on Friday after he allowed six runs in his return start after missing six weeks with shoulder inflammation. Miami’s Dan Straily has been sharp, allowing just four earned runs in his last three starts (19 innings). MIA, 5-4
BREWERS (-104, 7o25) at SF GIANTS (Thur., 7:15): Chase Anderson hasn’t been able to stretch out frequently for Milwaukee, but he has been solid as part of the Brewers’ terrific staff this season. The Giants’ Dereck Rodriguez, who is 3-0 with a 2.38 ERA at home, has been effective in his many of his starts and is up over 6.25 units this season. SF, 4-3
RANGERS (+185, 9o20) at ASTROS (Fri., 5:10): Houston has dominated the season series with a 12-4 edge coming into this set. Lance McCullers, of the Astros has been dominant in July with a 4-0 record, allowing just four ER in 27.2 IP. Rangers’ Yovani Gallardo is coming off a season-best effort, going six shutout innings to beat Cleveland on Sunday. HOU, 5-3
ROYALS (+275, 9.5) at YANKS (Sat., 10:05): The Yankees’ Luis Severino pitched at Tampa on Monday after his remarkable 14-2 record heading into the All-Star break. Kansas City call-up Heath Fillmyer, who faced Detroit on Monday, had bad numbers against righties in the minors and appears to be overmatched at the major league-level for now. NYY, 6-3
DODGERS (-105, 8o20) at BRAVES (Sat., 4:05): The Braves’ LH Sean Newcomb had lost three-straight starts heading into his game Monday at Miami where Atlanta was a -135 favorite. The Dodgers’ Ross Stripling, who went into the break 8-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, made his first start out of the break at Philly on Monday as a -140 favorite. LAD, 4-3
DIAMONDBACKS (-150, 8.5o20) at PADRES (Sat., 7:10): The Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin has a 3.16 ERA and 1.05 WHIP but he is down 3.25 units this season for his backers. The Padres’ Luis Perdomo has been bad with five losses in eight starts with an ERA close to 7.00. Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb have five HRs combined against him. ARI, 5-4
RAYS (-160, 8.5) at ORIOLES (Sun., 10:10): Blake Snell may have disappointed in the All-Star Game but he went into last Tuesday’s start at home against the Yankees with a 12.5 record and 2.27 ERA for the Rays. The Orioles’ Yefry Ramirez is 0-3 so far, but has a respectable 3.09 ERA in four starts, including three efforts allowing one earned run or less. TB, 5-3
A’S (EV, 10.5) at ROCKIES (Sun., 12:10): A’s pitcher Frankie Montas was up over 5.25 units in six starts as he was expected to be recalled from Triple A Nashville to start this past Tuesday in Texas. The Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela, who is making just his fourth start, has a 3.52 ERA despite a 5.55 ERA at home in Coors Field. OAK, 5-4
CUBS (-107, 8o20) at CARDINALS (Sun., 5:05): Cards’ Miles Mikolas has been steady, but got a no-decision against the Cubs last Sunday, which ended up as a 7-2 loss thanks to the bullpen. Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks is coming off a start at home against Arizona on Tuesday after he got a no-decision against St. Louis last Thursday, going just 4.2 innings. STL, 4-3