Gerrit Cole in moving north. The three-time All-Star has agreed to a nine-year, $324 million contract with the New York Yankees that will make him the highest paid pitcher in baseball history. The deal comes just two days after the Washington Nationals re-upped World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to a then-record seven-year, $245 million deal.
The Braves broke the seal on baseball's "Hot Stove" season when they signed reliever Will Smith on Thursday, but these three teams are expected to be the most active clubs throughout the winter.
These five players and their onerous contracts are a stern reminder to MLB general managers that there's no such thing as a sure thing.
The Nationals have been installed as +1500 underdogs to repeat as World Series champions in 2020, an unusually high figure for a recent winner. Five MLB clubs—the Astros (+600), Yankees (+600), Dodgers (+700), Braves (+1200) and Red Sox (+1200)—were slapped with lower price tags than the Nats. Oddsmakers appear to be spot-on with their assessment of Washington’s team as a one-year wonder.
Can the Nationals repeat as World Series champions in 2020, or will someone new step up? BetAmerica takes an early look at the Fall Classic futures market.
The Astros looked like the more complete team going into the ALCS and should prevail again in Game 5, with one of baseball's best starters, Justin Verlander, on the hill.
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.
Gerrit Cole has been nearly untouchable for the Astros for most of the season, and he'll take the hill in the Bronx on Tuesday afternoon against Luis Severino and the Yankees in a pivotal Game 3 of the ALCS.
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.
Whoever said that records were meant to be broken hasn't been paying very close attention to postseason baseball. From Derek Jeter's record for games played to Deacon Phillippe's improbable string of complete games, many of the game's most hallowed marks haven't been touched for 10 to 115 years. We dusted off the history books and have identified Major League Baseball's five most unbreakable playoff records.