Teams looking for starting pitching this offseason are in luck with a crowded market involving staff aces, reliable veterans and potential bargains. Here are the top 10 starters available on the open market this winter.
As the World Series heads back to Houston for Game 6, it seems like a good idea to peek into the future and rank the Top 10 free agents that could be on the market this offseason.
Staff aces will square off in Game 1 of the 2019 World Series. Oddsmakers have understandably set a very low total, which sets up an opportunity for Over bettors.
Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg have performed remarkably for their respective clubs this postseason, pitching to a 1.01 ERA and 7.22 strikeout-walk ratio in a combined 44 2/3 innings. But how do they stack up against some of the great playoff pitchers of all time? BetAmerica decided to do a little off-day digging to find out.
The New York Yankees will go head to head with the Houston Astros in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series that begins Saturday, October 12. It’s a rematch of a memorable 2017 ALCS that the Astros took in seven games en route to their first World Series title.
On the surface, the American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays seems like a classic David versus Goliath battle. In one corner, you have the 107-win Astros, who boast six All-Stars, two bona fide Cy Young candidates, the prohibitive AL Rookie of the Year, and a $168 million payroll. In the other corner, you have the Rays, a $60 million bargain basement team who plays their home games in a cavernous half empty stadium. Despite the obvious discrepancy, we believe there are three reasons why Tampa Bay can pull off a stunning upset over the AL West champs.
The Houston Astros, owners of baseball’s best record in 2019 at 107-55, play the winner of the AL Wild Card game, the Tampa Bay Rays, in a five-game divisional series beginning on Friday. Here’s how the two clubs stack up.
Houston Astros aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole made history in 2019 by becoming just the second pair of teammates to record 300+ strikeouts in the same season. Here are five more pitching tandems who made opposing players think twice about stepping into the batter’s box.
Justin Verlander has a chance to join a very exclusive club this weekend. The Houston Astros ace is just 11 punchouts away from becoming the 18th player in Major League history to reach 3,000 strikeouts. BetAmerica is offering +200 Super Odds that Verlander will achieve the milestone on Sunday when he takes the mound at home against the Los Angeles Angels.
It may only be September 2, but Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros are officially ready for October. The 36-year-old ace had the finest outing of the season on Sunday night as he tossed a no-hitter against the overmatched Toronto Blue Jays. The 120 pitch, 14 strikeout affair was the third no-no of Verlander's career and is the latest evidence yet that he's found a new gear in his 15th season.