Wednesday's MLB slate includes an NL East matchup between the Phillies and Braves, while the Dodgers host the Rays in interleague action.
The National League is where our focus rests for Friday, September 13, as the Nationals host the Braves and the Dodgers head to New York to face the Mets.
Christian Yelich's National League MVP odds were dealt a crushing blow on Tuesday evening when the 27-year-old outfielder fractured his right kneecap in a game against the Miami Marlins. The bad break - both literal and figurative - occurred in the first inning when Yelich fouled an Elieser Hernandez pitch off his knee. The two-time All Star was forced to exit the game and has since been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Jacob deGrom's Cy Young campaign is officially picking up steam. The New York Mets ace has seen his odds to win the award shorten significantly from +800 on August 7 to +200 on September 3. DeGrom went 2-1 with a 2.18 ERA during that stretch and surrendered two runs or less in four consecutive starts.
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.
The American East-leading Yankees (83-46) continue their West Coast road trip with a three-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers (85-44), kingpins of the National League West, starting Friday night. Here's what bettors should be expecting throughout this weekend series.
Clayton Kershaw has long been considered one of the greatest pitchers of his generation, but on Tuesday night he took an important step toward becoming one of the greatest pitchers of all time by picking up his 166th career win. We break down Kershaw's numbers and examine his place among the game's top hurlers.
The Yankees will try to bounce back from an ugly 19-5 defeat to the Indians when they host Cleveland tonight in the Bronx. Over in Atlanta, 22-year-old wunderkind Mike Soroka puts his 10-2 record on the line when he goes up against Kenta Maeda and the Los Angeles Dodgers. We have odds and picks for both Friday night games.
Could we be witnessing the second coming of the Amazin' Mets? Oddsmakers seem to warming up to the idea. New York's 2019 World Series odds have improved from +3625 August 6 to +2250 August 12 after a run of eight straight victories.
Expect a low-scoring affair in Toronto as the Yankees take on the Blue Jays and a lopsided matchup at Dodger Stadium as L.A. puts its five-game win streak on the line against Arizona.