The Biggest MLB Trade Deadline Needs for Every Playoff Contender
Here are the areas where the Yankees, Dodgers and other teams in the postseason picture should look to upgrade. Welcome to the final stretch before the trade deadline. (Remember, the date to know this season is August 2, as July 31 falls on a Sunday.) This year might not have the most overpowering group of trade candidates—at least in the Not-Juan Soto Category—but there’s still plenty of activity to anticipate. Which team will land Luis Castillo? How will a third wild card berth change teams’ calculus? And, per usual, just about everyone could use a little extra bullpen help.
Today we’re going to switch gears a little and focus on what resources we use to determine what kind of MLB bet we’re going to place. I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t that what Google is for? Well, sort of. But as you already know, you can’t believe everything you read on the internet. © Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
Now there’s so many different types of bets you can place — that’s a discussion for a different day — but what we use to determine the bet we place is just as important, if not more important. You’re probably already aware of some of the basics, such as team records, individual/team stats, current team/individual trends and streaks, injuries, etc. Yet, there’s so much more than just that. Then there’s trying to find which sportsbook is offering the best odds. In order to find that info, you need to know where to look. We’ve got some great resources for you to use.
MLB Power Rankings: Yankees Fall Out of No. 1 Spot
Here’s where all 30 teams stand as we near the trade deadline. In this week’s power rankings, we’ll be focusing on five teams arriving at the trade deadline in different stages of their contention timelines. They consequently all seem to be employing distinct strategies that could affect their outlook for years to come. Let’s not waste any more time, as a trade could break any second (it’s been far too quiet over the last week).30. Washington Nationals (LW: 30)29. Kansas City Royals (LW: 26)28.
Twitter: Now don’t think every social media outlet — Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc. — is a good tool to use for your betting homework. But you know what social media outlet is? Twitter. You know why? Because it CAN lead you to the right people or the right betting websites to follow. The MLB Insiders — Buster Olney, Jeff Passan, Ken Rosenthal — are always good to follow because they seem to always get news first. That’s important because if a player is traded or about to go on the injured list, that can really alter your view on a particular bet. Same thing goes in regards to professional handicappers. But tread carefully. Don’t trust just anyone on Twitter. Check out their background, record, units won/loss, etc., before fully trusting them.
MLB Trade Deadline Winners and Losers
After a whirlwind of deals unfolded over the last couple of days, let’s review the good, bad and ugly from trade deadline season. Well, that was a wild one. Congratulations on making it to the other side of the trade deadline—after the biggest deal in recent memory plus a whole bunch of others. Here’s a rundown of who won, who lost, and who fell somewhere in the middle:WINNERSSan Diego PadresThey added a generational talent in his prime (Juan Soto), a serious rental bat (Josh Bell), an elite closer (Josh Hader) and a quality utilityman (Brandon Drury).
Oddschecker: Ever scroll across a prop bet or any bet for that matter that you really like and immediately bet on it? Yeah. We’ve all been guilty of this before. It’s not a good strategy. Oddschecker.com can help prevent you from doing that. That’s not to say you shouldn’t place your bet. However, you should research which sportsbook is offering the best line. Why not get the best bang for your buck, right? And best of all, with oddschecker.com, it’s fast and easy. No need to search every book for the best odds — Oddschecker.com does it for you. (Full disclosure: Oddschecker recently reached an agreement to launch a new sports betting hub on Yardbarker.)
TeamRankings: Want to know how a team does as the moneyline favorite, vs. the over/under, against the spread, as an underdog, after an off day, etc.? Teamrankings.com is the place for you. When it comes to team trends — whether it’s overall, for a 7-day stretch, vs. LHP/RHP, Road/Home, etc. — teamrankings.com is the best place to go. All teams go through dry spells — yes, even the league’s best Yankees — and teamrankinngs.com keeps you stay up-to-date with those trends.
Making Sense of Some Puzzling Trade Deadline Decisions
There were four different strategies that contending teams used at the trade deadline: 1) Make the necessary moves to improve for the rest of the regular season, with the hope being to secure one of the six playoff spots in each league and/or to ensure home-field advantage. 2) Build the optimal 1) Make the necessary moves to improve for the rest of the regular season, with the hope being to secure one of the six playoff spots in each league and/or to ensure home-field advantage.
StatMuse: Sometimes the real specific stats are hard, if not impossible to find. Well, maybe not impossible anymore. StatMuse allows you to research pretty much anything. How about Clayton Kershaw’s career results vs. the Chicago White Sox. Or Alex Bregman’s career postseason numbers? Statmuse has you covered. I really like the pitcher stats vs. a certain team. Some teams just have a pitcher’s number. And StatMuse can tell you exactly how they’ve done — as detailed as possible — against each team.
MLB.com: MLB.com is so much more than just the place to follow live box scores or view a box score from a previous date. MLB.com is the best place for individual or team stats. You want to see cumulative stats, monthly stats, league leaders, which teams/players struggle the most in certain areas — MLB.com is the place to go. Same thing with sabermetrics. Sabermetrics might not help you with a moneyline, spread or over/under bet, but it can definitely help with you with a futures bet — Cy Young, MVP, Gold Glove, etc. MLB.com has really stepped up its statistical department and is a vital tool to use to help you garner the best info. for your betting needs.
2022 MLB odds, picks, bets for Tuesday, Aug. 9 from proven model: This three-way parlay pays almost 21-1
SportsLine's model has revealed its top MLB picks, predictions, parlay and best bets for Tuesday, August 9Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani will try to break out of his recent slump at the plate when he faces the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday at Oakland Coliseum. Ohtani (9-7, 2.83 ERA) is coming off a four-game series against the Mariners in which he struggled at the plate, going 2-for-16 with seven strikeouts. He sat out the first game of the Oakland series on Monday. Los Angeles is a -190 favorite in the latest Angels vs. A's odds from Caesars Sportsbook while Oakland is a +158 underdog. First pitch is set for 9:40 p.m. ET.
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The greatest postseason players in MLB history
There are countless memorable plays, pitches, and at-bats in baseball postseason history. However, there are a select few legends who made it a habit of creating these moments when the stakes are at their highest. Here’s a look at the greatest MLB postseason performers of all time.
Although he didn’t play in his first postseason until his 7th season, Beltran made a habit of turning it on in October. During his first postseason run with the Astros in 2004 –where he hit .435 overall— Beltran tied the record for most home runs in a postseason series with eight, while setting a record by homering in five consecutive playoff games. Overall, in 65 postseason games, Beltran produced a 1.021 OPS with 16 home runs.
There is no bigger winner in baseball history than Berra, who won 10 of the 14 World Series he played in during his 19-year career. He was the link between the eras of Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle in the Bronx, and behind the plate for Don Larsen’s perfect game during the 1956 Series. Overall, Berra played in 75 World Series games, connecting for 12 home runs, 10 doubles, and hit over .300 in five separate postseason series.
A somewhat underrated October performer even his own time, Berkman is second all-time in Championship win probably added, with an 82.4 mark over 224 plate appearances. Over 5 postseason games divided between the Astros, Cardinals, and Yankees, Berkman produced a .317/.417/.949 slash line. His biggest playoff showing came in the 2011 World Series when he hit .423 and produced a series-saving, extra innings single to keep the Cardinals alive and set the table for an eventual walk-off Cardinal win the following inning.
Brock played in three (and won two) World Series with the Cardinals during the 60s, and he absolutely went off every time. After hitting .300 with three extra-base hits in 1964, but took it to an unreal level from there. Over 14 games in the 1967 and ’68 Series’, Brock hit .439 with 43 total bases, 10 extra-base hits, and converted 14 of 16 stolen base attempts.
Bumgarner first appeared in the postseason as a 20-year-old and tossed eight shutout innings in Game 4 of the 2010 World Series. Since then, Mad Bum has gone on to own a 2.11 ERA and an 8-3 record over 102.1 postseason innings. His crowning moment came during an unbelievable 2014 postseason, where owned a 1.03 ERA over six starts and a record 0.29 ERA in the World Series. He capped the effort with a series-saving Game 7 relief appearance – where he threw five scoreless innings on two days rest to deliver a third World Series in six years for the Giants.
Collins played in six World Series between the Philadelphia A’s and Chicago White Sox and won four. He hit over .400 in 1910, 1913, 1914, and 1917, owning a .381 on-base percentage, alongside nine extra-base hits and 14 stolen bases. More dubiously, Collins was a member of the 1919 ‘Black Sox’ in his final World Series appearance, but was not mentioned among the players in on the fix.
As the relief ace for the dominant Oakland A’s teams of the 1970s, regularly worked in some high-leverage October moments. Over the course of nine postseason series, Fingers worked 57.1 innings, turning in nine saves and 45 strikeouts. During the 1973 World Series, he posted a 0.66 ERA, while appearing in six of seven games and working two or more innings in three of those outings. He was named MVP of the 1974 World Series, after winning Game 1 and converting saves in games 3 & 4.
No pitcher in World Series history has more wins to his credit than Ford’s 10. Overall, ‘The Chairman of the Board’ appeared in 11 Fall Classics, working to a 2.71 ERA and winning World Series MVP in 1961, after allowing no runs over two starts. Over the course of his career, in addition to his wins record, Ford set World Series records for consecutive scoreless innings (33.1), strikeouts (94), and innings pitched (146), among others.
The Iron Horse won six of his seven career World Series appearances and remains among the upper echelon of even the best postseason performers of all time. Gehrig hit a staggering .361 over 34 World Series games, adding in 10 home runs and a .483 on-base percentage. In the 1928 Series, he posted an unbelievable 2.433 OPS, with four of his six hits leaving the park while driving in nine. Overall, Gehrig’s Yankee teams posted a 27-7 record with him in postseason play and he once won 12 consecutive World Series games, hitting .460 during the streak.
Over the course of nine postseason starts, turned in a 7-2 record, a 1.89 ERA, and some of the most legendary outings in baseball history. He twice won World Series MVP, first in 1964 when he won games five and seven and set a record with 31 strikeouts for the series. In 1967, he worked three complete-game victories over the Boston Red Sox, allowing just three runs in the process – all after coming back from a broken leg suffered just three months prior. Finally, in 1968, he set a still-standing World Series record with 17 strikeouts in Game 1 versus the Detroit Tigers.
On the heels of his incredible Cy Young Award-winning 1988 season, which featured his mythical 59 consecutive scoreless inning streak, Hershiser turned in a postseason for the ages as well. He captured both NLCS and World Series MVP, going 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA over 42.2 innings. It was the crowning season of an overall strong playoff career, that saw him go 8-3 with a 2.59 ERA over 22 appearances.
For ‘Mr. October’, the name truly says it all. A five-time World Series Champion and two-time Series MVP, few –if any— players craved the spotlight as Jackson did, and he didn’t waste the opportunity often. He connected for 18 career postseason home runs, which tied for the most in history at the time of his retirement. In the 1977 Series, Jackson hit .450 with a record-tying five home runs, three of which came in a legendary Game 4 effort, all coming on consecutive pitches.
Few –if any— players in history are most synonymous with postseason success than The Captain. A five-time World Series champion and .321 career postseason hitter, Jeter is the all-time leader in games played, hits, doubles, triples, runs scored, and total bases, among many other categories. Jeter’s postseason greatness often transcended statistical measures, as his uncanny knack for getting the big hit or making the perfect play just went the Yankees needed it appropriately earned him the monikers “Mr. November” and “Captain Clutch”.
Lester played a pivotal postseason role with two of the more beleaguered franchises in MLB history. With the Boston Red Sox, he won two World Series, owning a 3-0 record and an 0.56 ERA, and 18 strikeouts vs. four walks. In 2016, he was named NLCS MVP after scattering two runs over two starts and propelling the Cubs to their first World Series since 1908. Once in the Series, Lester won Game 4 and started the decisive Game 7, completing a six-start postseason run of a 2.02 ERA and 30 strikeouts against six walks and a .209 average against.
The iconic Yankee centerfielder played in 12 World Series in his 18-year career, winning seven. Although he played in his last Fall Classic 57 years ago, he remains the all-time World Series leader in home runs (18), RBI (40), extra-base hits (26), runs scored (42), walks (43), and total bases (123). Mantle twice connected for three home runs in a single Series (1956 & 1964) and had 15 or more total bases four times (1952, ’56, ’58, and ’64).
The first great World Series performer was the Giants’ ace from the turn of the century. A 373 game-winner and member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class, ‘Matty’ turned in an extraordinary 0.97 lifetime World Series ERA over 11 complete games. His greatest performance came in 1905, when threw three shutouts in three starts against the Philadelphia Athletics, issuing just one walk over the 27 innings worked. Amazingly over his World Series career, Mathewson was touched for one run or fewer in eight of 11 starts and twice pitched 11 innings, while allowing one run over the pair of starts.
A .368 lifetime postseason hitter, the multi-skilled Molitor turned in one of the great World Series efforts of all-time in 1993. Although Joe Carter famously connected for the walk-off homer in Game 6 that ended the series, it was Molitor who technically scored the tying run, as he had singled the at-bat prior to Carter coming to the plate. It capped a series where he hit .500 (12-for-24), with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, eight RBI, and 10 runs scored.
Big Papi was the backbone of three World Series champions in Boston, from 2004 to 2013. Along the way, he hit an incredible .455 in World Series play, alongside a 1.372 OPS and finishing in the top 10 all-time in Win Probability Added in Series play. He was named World Series MVP in 2013 when he turned in one of the most undeniable impacts of all-time against the Cardinals. Ortiz hit .688 (11-for-16), with two home runs and eight walks against one strikeout. It was by far the highest batting average in Series history for players with at least 20 plate appearances.
The workhorse starter for the Yankees dynasty of the late 1990s into the 2000s, Pettitte holds the records for most total postseason wins (19), games started (44) and innings pitched (276.2). He often took the mound in some of the most pivotal moments of the World Series, most notably being the victor of 1-0 duel against John Smoltz in Game 5 of the ’96 Series and starting the decisive Game 4 of the 1998 Series. He was the first pitcher to start –and win— three series-clinching playoff games in a single season in 2009.
The offensive engine for the ultra-consistent Cardinals of the early 2000s, Pujols is a two-time World Series champion and owns a .323 lifetime postseason average. Over 77 playoff games, he has 38 extra-base hits, including 19 home runs – three of which came in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series. Pujols is one of the foremost League Championship Series terrors of all time, where he owns a .383/.467/.713 split all-time and famously launched one of the most devastating home runs of all-time against Astros closer Brad Lidge to stave off elimination in 2005.
One of the most consistent hitters of all-time, Ramirez predictably carried over his elite run production to October as well. A postseason attendee with the Indians, Red Sox, and Dodgers, Ramirez owns the record for most postseason home runs with 29, lifetime. He also places second all-time in postseason RBI (78) and total bases (223). He played a vital role in the Red Sox ending the “Curse of the Bambino” in 2004, winning World Series MVP after hitting .412 over the four-game sweep of the Cardinals.
A very strong argument for Rivera as the most dominant postseason performer of all time could be made, and hard to argue against. Rivera converted an incredible 42 of 46 save attempts in postseason play, owning the record for both World Series and total playoff saves in the process. He allowed just 13 runs over 141 innings and 96 career playoff appearances, good for an all-time record low 0.70 postseason ERA. Overall, he won five World Series titles, along with an ALCS and World Series MVP in the process.
The unstoppable force of nature for both Cincinnati’s ‘Big Red Machine’ teams of the 70s and for the Philadelphia Phillies of the early 80s, Rose reached the postseason eight times. Lifetime he walked away with three World Series titles and a .321 career average. He hit over .350 in seven different series, highlighted by his World Series MVP effort in 1975 when he hit .370 and contributed a game-tying single late in Game 7.
The biggest question is not IF Ruth should be on the list, but WHICH version of the Babe was greater? As the big-swinging, Sultan of Swat for the Yankees, Ruth was a lifetime .347 hitter with 15 home runs in World Series play, leading the Yankees to their first four championships. However, prior to that, he was one of the great early pitchers in postseason history for the Boston Red Sox, going 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in route to two titles there as well. No matter how you slice it, Ruth was an October legend of rare approach.
A solid contributor during the regular season, the affable “Panda” became one of the most dangerous and timely clutch performers of all time in postseason play. A lifetime .338 postseason hitter overall, Sandoval took things to the next level in World Series play, hitting .426 over 50 plate appearances, with a 1.162 OPS. In Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, he joined Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols on a select list of players with three homers in a World Series game, in route to claiming series MVP.
The “Bloody Sock” game in 2004 is the most notable moment of his postseason career, where he helped to keep the surging Red Sox alive and set the table for the first 3-0 series comeback win in history. However, there are few with a better all-around body of work in October than Schilling. A three-time World Series winner, Schilling posted an 11-2 lifetime postseason record, with a 2.23 ERA and 120 strikeouts over 133.1 innings. He was MVP of the 1993 NLCS with the Phillies and then 2001 World Series MVP with the Diamondbacks.
With a lifetime 15-4 postseason record, while he was just one leg of the Braves Hall of Fame trio of starting arms, Smoltz set himself apart from the pack in the playoffs. Smoltz owned a career ERA south of 3.00 in every stage of postseason play, is the all-time leader in LCS strikeouts with 89, and is tied for the all-time lead in NLCS wins with six. His most memorable postseason moment came in 1991 when he carried a shutout into the eighth inning of Game 7 of the World Series against Jack Morris in one of the great postseason duels of all time.
MLB Power Rankings: Cleveland Secures Road Trip Wins To Move Up the Rankings .
The Guardians surge with wins on the road, while the Dodgers remain in the first spot despite their win streak being snapped by the Royals. In case you haven’t noticed the scorching temperatures around the country over the last couple of weeks, we’re officially in the dog days of summer, when the going gets tough and the tough get going in baseball. It can be easy to give into the muggy heat and fold up the tent around this time of year if things haven’t been going your team’s way. However, a few teams have proved you can get on a roll and revive your season by taking advantage of the downtrodden.