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.
Get ready for a NL East grudge match this afternoon as the New York Mets tangle with the Washington Nationals in D.C. Meanwhile, over in Milwaukee, Gerrit Cole will try to one-up teammate Justin Verlander one day after his latest no-no when he takes the mound against the Brewers.
Could Gerrit Cole finally be closing in on the first Cy Young award of his seven-year career? Bookmakers certainly seem to think so. The Houston Astros hurler is now the odd-on favorite to win the award at -130 with just over a month remaining in the 2019 season. That's a huge leap from just three weeks ago when the 28 year-old was firmly behind Houston teammate Justin Verlander at +140.
The tightest battle in the American League isn’t between the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians; it’s between a pair of teammates. Houston Astros aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole are nearly neck-and-neck in the latest 2019 AL Cy Young Award odds available at BetAmerica. The hard-throwing right-handers have been playing a game of top-me-if-you-can all season long, turning in one brilliant performance after another.