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Theypeaked witha $127.8 million payroll in 2011 http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey , andthey're projectedto be under $100 million in 2019.However, the White Sox do have one advantage. Only Tim Anderson has a guaranteed salary after 2020, and he won't be in line for eight figures until 2023.That long-term outlook will change if the White Sox make good on their spirited pursuit of Machado, who would be teaming up withgood pals Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay. He's likely to cost Chicago at least $25 million per year.For the most part, though, the White Sox's future rosters will mainly be comprised of young, cheap stars who they've accumulated throughout their rebuilding process. There thus could be enough room for both Machado and Trout, the latter of whom happens toown a1.157 career OPSat Guaranteed Rate Field.But while the White Sox could conceivably make Trout a competitive offer, their pockets might not be deep enough to make him the best offer. Like the Cubs, they also may be sidelined by his geographical preferences.Odds:15-1Los Angeles Dodgers3 of 9Victor Decolongon/Getty ImagesIf sticking in Southern California is a priority for Trout, he could always jump ship from the Angels to the Los Angeles Dodgers.The Dodgers had a year-end payroll of darn near $300 million four years ago, and their revenue streams include MLB's biggest local TV deal andbest attendance figures. To boot, only Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen are owed big money after 2020, and free agency will beckon both after 2021.Even if the Dodgers do win an elusive World Series championship in the next two years, that won't stop them from trying to win it every year. After years of frustration in Anaheim, Trout may only be too happy to climb aboard."You want to be in an atmosphere where [the organization] wants to win," he said this past September, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. "I want to come to the ballpark playing for something. That's everybody's goal here as a player. You don't want to come playing for nothing."Yet, the Dodgers' long-term books are so clean in part because they prefer short-term contracts. Per Bill Shaikin of theLos Angeles Times, they also want to stay under the luxury-tax threshold through 2022.These factors have effectively sidelined the Dodgers in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes this winter. History might repeat itself with the Trout sweepstakes in two years.Odds:10-1Washington Nationals4 of 9Alex Brandon/Associated PressAfter years of being joined at the hip with Harper in the public consciousness, it would be oddly ironic if Trout stepped into Harper's old shoes with the Washington Nationals.The Nats have been a reliable spender since their rise to power back in 2012, and their projected $199.4 million payroll for 2019 would betheir biggest yet. AsJayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin can vouch, general manager Mike Rizzo isn't shy about handing out long-term megadeals.Albeit for a lot of money, Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin are the only players guaranteed to still be on the Nats after 2020. The Nats might look to save some of the financial flexibility they'll gain between now and then for Trout.Trout would slide in between Juan Soto and Victor Robles to form the ultimate outfield. To boot, he'd be playing only about three hours down the road from his hometown of Millville Bill Mazeroski Jersey , New Jersey.However, the Nats may do their usual thing and act like a win-now team. That would entail extending Anthony Rendon and/or loading up on free agents after 2019. Doing so would inflate their payroll and make it that much harder to win a bidding war for Trout after 2020.Odds:8-1New York Yankees5 of 9Bill Kostroun/Associated PressThe Bronx is closer to Millville than Washington D.C. It's also the home of the New York Yankees, who traditionally spend a ton of money in pursuit of championships.Despite appearances to the contrary, so it goes even now. The Yankeesopened last year at $166.1 million, and while they've thus far avoided Machado and Harper, they're still projected to cross back over the $200 million threshold in 2019.The Yankees' alleged cheapness is more so an aversion to risk. As a result, only Giancarlo Stanton, Aroldis Chapman and Zach Britton are under contract past 2020. That would seem to equal plenty of room for Trout.For his part, Trout may be attracted not just to annual shots at World Series glory, but also the chance to play at Yankee Stadium. He's raked a 1.231 OPS in 20 career games there.However, the Yankees' long-term books might not stay clean for long. They're due to have some major holes to fill after 2019, and they might soon consider extensions for Aaron Judge and Luis Severino, among others.These factors could make the Yankees all the more willing to trust top prospect Estevan Florial to handle center field starting in 2020.Odds:7-1Boston Red Sox6 of 9Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesCompared to other East Coast teams, the Boston Red Sox won't have proximity to Millville to offer Trout. If they want him, nothing less than the best offer will do.If Trout was a free agent right now, this would be impossible. The defending World Series champs are projected to open 2019 with a $238.4 million payroll, with a luxury-tax bill that's even higher. They can barely afford relief pitchers, much less a single superstar.Over the next two seasons, however, the Red Sox have a ton of money set to come off the books. Assuming J.D. Martinez opts out after 2019 or 2020, only David Price, Nathan Eovaldi, Dustin Pedroia and Christian Vazquez will still be under contract come 2021.With their farm system all dried out, the Red Sox won't have much choice but to spend if they want to keep pace with the Yankees. To this end, they could do worse than signing the best player in baseball.Then again, the Red Sox could just as easily take that sentiment and apply it to Mookie Betts. He's fresh off leading Trout and everyone else in WAR in 2018, and he's also due to become a free agent after 2020. If the Red Sox can't extend him before then, they might prioritize bringing him back over adding Trout.Odds:6-1Los Angeles Angels7 of 9Victor Decolongon/Getty ImagesIt wouldn't be too dramatic, but Trout staying with the Angels for the long haul is practical.Although Trout has played in only one postseason series and three playoff games since he's been with the Angels Dave Parker Jersey , he's nonetheless enjoyed himself."I enjoy coming to the ballpark. It [stinks] when it's September and you're out of it,"he said, per Fletcher."But when I was a kid, they took a chance on me. We'll see how it goes. I've got a couple more years and we'll go from there."If the Angels have it their way, Trout won't even reach free agency. According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Angels have mulled a contract that would keep Trout in Anaheim for the rest of his career.The Angels won't be out of the picture even if Trout does make it to free agency. Only the Dodgers have a bigger local TV deal to draw from, and the Angels will finally be free of Albert Pujols' albatross contract after 2021. Trout may also like the sound of a lasting partnership with two-way wunderkind Shohei Ohtani.There is, however, one team that looms as a bigger threat to steal Trout from the Angels than all the rest.Odds:5-1Philadelphia Phillies8 of 9Michael Perez/Associated PressAccording to Tom Verducci ofSports Illustrated, the Philadelphia Phillies went into this offseason with one eye on Harper and Machado and the other on Trout. Their ultimate dream scenario may involve Trout and Harper patrolling the same outfield one day.Joining Philadelphia may be Trout's own dream scenario. Philadelphia is less than an hour's drive from Millville. Trout grew up rooting for Philly teams, and he's made no secret of his ongoing Eagles fandom.It would take a lot of money to employ both HarperandTrout, but perhaps not more than the Phillies can afford. They peaked with a $177.7 million payroll in 2014, two years before their $2.5 billion TV deal kicked in. As of now, only Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura, Odubel Herrera and Scott Kingery are under contractbeyond 2020.To complete their eventual pitch to Trout, the Phillies only need to become World Series contenders in the next two seasons. They took a step in that direction with an 80-win 2018 campaign. They now have a blend of youthful and veteran talent that should lead to further steps toward title contention.Altogether, the Phillies should be able to offer Trout everything he could ask for.Odds:4-1The Field9 of 9Rob Carr/Getty ImagesThose eight teams may look like the best bets to land Trout after 2020, but the field won't go down without a good fight.The Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, for example, might attempt to keep Trout in the American League West. Though they each have their payroll limits, none of the three (see here, here and here) has much on the books beyond 2020.Over in the National League West, the San Francisco Giants should have a better idea of what their future looks like by 2020. If their current retooling phase points them in a good direction, they might jump the gun on their post-2021 payroll relief by signing Trout to be their next cornerstone superstar.Provided they make enough progress with their own rebuild over the next two years, the Detroit Tigers might also return to their old big-spending ways to accommodate Trout. After all, only Miguel Cabrera is on their books after 2021.To throw a few more candidates out there,the St. Louis Cardinals Josh Harrison Jersey , New York Mets and Atlanta Braves are contenders who might extend their finances for Trout.Odds:19-1 Stats courtesy ofBaseball Reference. Payroll and contract data courtesy ofCot's Baseball ContractsandRoster Resource. TORONTO — The Houston Astros are on the verge of clinching first in the American League West.They moved one step closer by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Monday night in the opener of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre.The 2017 World Series champions own a 4 1/2-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the division.Article continues below ...They Astros (99-57) will start rookie right-hander Josh James (1-0, 2.81 ERA) Tuesday in the second game. The Blue Jays (71-86) will start right-hander Sam Gaviglio (3-8, 5.16).James has never faced the Blue Jays. He will be making his third start in his fifth big-league appearance.Gaviglio has not won since Aug. 21 and in four starts since is 0-2 with a 6.38 ERA. In two career starts against the Astros, both last season, he is 0-2, 5.25.“I think everybody’s really excited about us closing in on 100 wins, closing in on the division title,” said Astros third baseman Alex Bregman who had an RBI double Monday and has reached base safely in 52 straight road games, a club record. “But there’s only one thing on our minds, that’s winning the World Series again.”In addition to the division race, there were other story lines to the series.One of them received a jolt after the first inning Monday when Blue Jays shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr. left the game with a tight left hamstring after hitting into a double play.The 24-year-old Cuban was playing against his older brother Yuli for the first time in the majors Monday and it is not certain whether he will return to play in the series.Yuli, 34, extended his hit streak to 10 games with an RBI single in the first. The Astros first baseman went 2-for-4 and is batting .439 (18-for-41) during his streak.The other story involved Roberto Osuna, the former Blue Jays closer who was booed all during the ninth when he pitched around a single for his 10th save since he was traded to the Astros July 30 and his 19th overall this season. Osuna faces an assault charge that brought a 75-game suspension from major league baseball.“It was really weird,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. “Kind of mixed emotions, but I knew there was a good chance he was probably going to get it done. I’ve seen him do it too many times.”“I think he wanted the save,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I think he wanted the ball like he always does. I’m sure it was emotional for him.”As for the crowd reaction, Hinch said: “It was pretty expected.”Closer, Ken Giles, who was traded by the Astros to the Blue Jays as part of the deal for Osuna, did not pitch Monday.The Astros continued to play without shortstop Carlos Correa Monday. He was shut down during the Astros’ recent homestand with lingering back and oblique tightness. Hinch said the earliest he could return is Wednesday.“He’s feeling a little bit better,” Hinch said. “I’m encouraged by the fact that he’s doing baseball activities and feeling pain-free, which is the key.”The Astros reinstated right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. from the 10-day disabled list Monday and recalled left-hander Reymin Guduan.The Astros are 17-4 during September, the best record in the majors. They are 53-22 away from home, matching their club-record road win total set last season.Houston is 3-1 against Toronto this season. The Blue Jays outhit the Astros 11-10 Monday. It was the second time in as many games that they have lost while outhitting the opposition and the 10th time this season overall.
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The rookie with the preternatural calm pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers to a record sixth consecutive NL West title. Buehler tossed one-hit ball into the seventh inning Fred Lynn Jersey , and Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy launched two-run homers to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2 in a tiebreaker on Monday.“It’s a normal baseball game. It’s hyped up, there’s an adrenaline, but you got to execute,” Buehler said. “That’s all you can do.”The defending NL champion Dodgers became the first major league team to win six straight division crowns since the Yankees captured nine AL East titles in a row from 1998-2006.“It doesn’t get old,” confirmed ace Clayton Kershaw.Los Angeles now hosts Atlanta in the best-of-five NL Division Series beginning Thursday.“We’re going to beat Atlanta,” a shirtless Yasiel Puig proclaimed, rivulets of beer and champagne down his front and back. “No matter who’s coming, we’re going to the World Series and bring the 2018 championship here.”Denied their first division title in franchise history, the Rockies head to Wrigley Field to play the Chicago Cubs in the NL wild-card game on Tuesday night.“Our guys will put it in the rearview for sure,” Rockies manager Bud Black said of the loss. “The resiliency of this group has been awesome all year.”Pitching in 90-degree heat, Buehler was oh-so-cool in closing out a regular season that ended with Game 163 after both teams had identical records of 91-71.The soft-spoken 24-year-old from Lexington, Kentucky, has been so steady of late that manager Dave Roberts had no qualms about giving Buehler the ball for the crucial game that helped decide the Dodgers’ postseason fate.“He’s ready for this moment,” Roberts said, “and he responded.”Buehler’s only slip-up came on the field after the game when he let loose with an inadvertent expletive, having been handed the mic after fans demanded to hear from him. He clasped his hand to his mouth and apologized.No need to be sorry Wade Boggs Jersey , though, after that performance.Buehler settled in quickly, retiring his first six batters in a row, and never did allow a run.“Walker is a tremendous talent,” Kershaw said. “His competitiveness is off-the-charts, his ability is off-the-charts.”Buehler (8-5) had his no-hit bid broken up in the sixth on Charlie Blackmon’s single, one of his two hits for the Rockies.“He didn’t fold at all under pressure,” Muncy said. “He went there and attacked them just like we knew he was going to.”Buehler even helped himself offensively, hitting a single in the sixth for his first professional RBI and extending the Dodgers’ lead to 5-0.“Love that, absolutely,” he said, soaked to the skin.After giving up a two-out walk to Carlos Gonzalez in the seventh, Buehler exited to a standing ovation from the announced crowd of 47,816. He waved his right hand and quickly strode to the dugout as fans chanted his last name. The right-hander struck out three and walked three.Despite posting the best road record in franchise history (44-38), the Rockies couldn’t get untracked. They didn’t advance a runner past second base until the ninth when Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story homered back-to-back off closer Kenley Jansen.Jansen then retired the next three batters in a row.“What happened?” Jansen said when asked about the homers. “We’re first in the division, that’s what happened.”The Dodgers’ two homers extended their franchise and NL-leading total to 235 on the season. Bellinger got the Dodgers on the board with his 25th homer in the fourth http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-dustin-pedroia-jersey , a two-out shot to left that made it 2-0. Muncy struck out leading off but was safe at first on a passed ball by catcher Tony Wolters. After Manny Machado and Yasmani Grandal struck out, Bellinger connected on a 1-0 pitch from German Marquez (14-11).Joc Pederson doubled to deep right-center leading off the fifth. One out later, Muncy hit his 35th homer to left-center, extending the lead to 4-0 and chasing Marquez. Marquez gave up four runs — two earned — and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out nine and walked two.The Dodgers played their first tiebreaker since 1980, when they lost to Houston for the division title.The Rockies were on a roll coming into the club’s second tiebreaker and first for the NL West title, having won nine of 10 since being swept at Dodger Stadium from Sept. 17-19.“Today was unfortunate, but the fact of the matter is we have a chance to win the World Series,” Blackmon said. “I feel like most of the guys are looking at this as a great opportunity.”DIVISION TITLE ROLLRoberts joins Minnesota’s Ron Gardenhire (2002-04) and Houston’s Larry Dierker (1997-99) as the only managers to win three straight division titles in their first three seasons on the job.GOOGLE-EYED LASORDATom Lasorda stood in the midst of the partying, his blue Dodgers jacket bone-dry. The 91-year-old Hall of Famer, who managed the club to its last World Series title in 1988, wore goggles to protect his eyes from the spray of alcohol.THROUGH THE GATESThe announced attendance of 47,816 pushed the Dodgers’ season total to 3,857,500, breaking the franchise record of 3,857 Pedro Martinez Jersey ,036 set in 2007 and the sixth-highest in NL history.GOING LONGArenado finished the regular season with 38 homers to lead the NL. Story ended with 37, a career-high.UP NEXTThe Dodgers get two days off before the division series. The Rockies were headed to Chicago immediately after the game. Paul Bereswill/Getty ImagesThe New York Yankees broke the 1997 Seattle Mariners' record for the most home runs in a single season by an MLB team with a Gleyber Torres homer in the fourth inning Saturday during the Yanks' clash with the rival Boston Red Sox to give the club 265 in 2018.YES Network YESNetworkGleyber Torres connects to give the Yankees a NEW MLB RECORD - 265 home runs as a team!Also, Torres is todays No. 9 hitter, so that homer gives the Yankees at least 20 HR from each spot in the batting order this season. #BronxBombers mMYoqAJ56bThe Yankees have enjoyed a balanced power surge all season.Giancarlo Stanton leads the way with 37 home runs, but the Yanks feature six players with at least 20 homers and 12 have reached double-digits in taters. And it's fair to wonder whether they could have obliterated the record if Aaron Judge didn't miss almost 50 games because of injury.MLB Stat of the Day MLBStatoftheDay2 The Yankees and 1997 Mariners now share the all-time single-season HR record. bLXpGmwRUSThe Bronx Bombers are no stranger to posting high home runs totals. The storied franchise owns six of the top 18 spots on the single-season list of most HRs by a team.Now the question is whether that type of power output will translate to postseason success.In June, Yankees manager Aaron Boone downplayed the idea the lineup was too reliant on the homers to generate offense."I think it's a silly argument, I really do," he told reporters. "Does it bother me? That does bother me, actually. If a great pitcher shuts us down, it's because a great pitcher shuts us down. He can shut down a team that doesn't hit home runs, too."New York's playoff journey begins Wednesday night when it hosts the Oakland Athletics in the American League Wild Card Game.The A's rank second in the AL in home runs, so it wouldn't be a surprise if a late-inning blast ends up making the difference in that win-or-go-home battle.
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MLB All-Star break on Monday when they host the Arizona Diamondbacks (54-46). The Cubs alternated wins and losses in a five-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals going back to last Thursday that also included a doubleheader split at Wrigley Field on Saturday.MLB betting line: The Diamondbacks opened as -120 favorites (wager $120 to win $100); the total is at nine runs Melky Cabrera Jersey , according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 5.4-2.2, Diamondbacks (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week?? top sports betting news.Why the Diamondbacks can pay on the MLB linesThe Diamondbacks avoided being swept at home by the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, earning a 6-1 victory thanks to ace Zack Greinke. Arizona ended Colorado's seven-game winning streak and moved back into second place behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.The Diamondbacks will now send southpaw Patrick Corbin (6-4, 3.24 ERA) to the mound looking for his first win since June 5. Corbin is 0-2 in seven starts since then with five no-decisions, two of which came away from home. The 29-year-old has been very good on the road this season, going 2-1 in nine outings with a 2.89 ERA.Why the Cubs can pay on the MLB linesChicago extended its winning streak to four games with a 9-6 victory in the series opener against St. Louis. The Cubs also closed out the series against the Cardinals with a 7-2 win on Sunday behind seven solid innings from pitcher Jose Quintana, who allowed two runs and six hits with four walks and six strikeouts on 121 pitches. It was a much-needed quality start for Chicago in a series that saw 65 total runs scored.Next up in the rotation is converted reliever Luke Farrell (3-3, 3.86), who has made just one start for the Cubs this season. That came back on June 23 when he surrendered three runs on two hits and two walks in 2.2 innings of an 11-2 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds. However, that remains the only time he has given up more than two earned runs this year.Smart betting pickArizona definitely has an edge in the pitching matchup, due mostly to Farrell's inexperience as a starter and Corbin's success on the road. The Diamondbacks have also won three of the past five meetings, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, including the last two at Wrigley Field. Before that, Chicago had won nine of the previous 11 in the series, so take Arizona to pull off the upset in the series opener.MLB betting trendsThe total has gone UNDER in five of Arizona's last seven games.Arizona is 14-5 in its last 19 games on the road.Chi Cubs is 12-3 in its last 15 games at home.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report?? official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app. Through the grapevine has come a hint that the designated hitter may become a universal reality in Major League Baseball in the not-too-distant future.Hurry up. Oh, for the love of David Ortiz Jeff Keppinger Jersey , Edgar Martinez and Frank Thomas, please hurry up.Per Ken Rosenthalof The Athletic andJeff Passanof ESPN, the MLB Players Association has been pushing for the DH??hich has been saving American League pitchers from hitting for themselves since 1973??o come to the National League for the 2019 season.With pitchers and catchers due to report for spring training next week, it's probably a bit late to adapt such a seismic change for the coming season. The same goes for some of the other big ideas (e.g., a 20-second pitch clock and a three-batter minimum for pitchers) being kicked around by the MLB and the MLBPA.Still, it's significant that the concept of a universal DH is being pushed by the players. At last check, it was the owners who were doing the pushing."I think that is a continuing source of conversation among the ownership group, and I think that the dialogue actually probably moved a little bit," MLB commission Rob Manfred told reporterslast June.As far as baseball fans are concerned, this is where the bickering begins.Anyone who's pro-DH is most likely an American League fan with fond memories of the great sluggers who've called the position home over the last 46 years. Anyone who's anti-DH is most likely a National League fan who much prefers the bunts, double switches and other strategic elements that come hand-in-hand with pitchers hitting for themselves.Others, presumably, just can't bear to leave behind the #PitchersWhoRake lifestyle. This group includes at least one actual pitcher who rakes:Noah Syndergaard NoahsyndergaardUniversal DH?!?!? qNLnKHFAS6No matter your preference, you're not wrong. That's the thing about preferences; they're nice and subjective.But if we're going to shift this discussion over to what's best for baseball, a fundamental problem with the anti-DH position arises. Once you get past "Because I like it," there aren't many objective arguments in favor of pitchers hitting for themselves.The big one in favor of a universal DH is that pitchers are insultingly bad at hitting.This was true even as far back as the 1800s, when an article inSporting Life(h/t SABR's John Cronin) posited: "Every patron of the game is conversant with the utter worthlessness of the average pitcher when he goes up to try to hit the ball."Here's a graph that shows it's only been getting worse since the AL and NL started rubbing elbows in 1901:The central statistic here is a FanGraphs specialty called "weighted runs created plus," which measures total offensive value in relation to the league average of 100.As that blue line shows, pitchers weren't close to league-average hitters to begin with. By the time the AL adopted the DH in 1973 http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , they were already barreling toward zero. Now they're at a point where even a 0 wRC+ would be a feat worthy of champagne and trip to Disneyland.The trouble is, pitchers aren't trained to hit anymore. The DH is a staple of organized baseball in high school, college and the minor leagues. Only the National League is holding out.Jacob deGrom is not made for hitting.David Banks/Getty ImagesThis could have changed as far back as 1980. In August of that year, representatives from the 12 National League clubs convened to hold a vote on whether to adapt the DH. The idea was rejected 5-4 with three abstentions, yetthat marked notable progress toward a universal DH."I'm not surprised at today's vote," NL President Chub Feeney said at the time, per theAssociated Press."It's gotten fairly close from time to time, but it fluctuates. The vote was 10-2 the last time we took it, about a year ago."In the ensuing years, however, the NL and MLB as a whole had bigger fish to fry. Such as:colluding against free agentsin the 1980s, getting in and out of multiple work stoppages between 1980 and 1995 and cleaning up after the steroid erain the mid-2000s.Nowadays, however, a universal DH can help MLB with two of its biggest challenges: livening up games and preventing the first work stoppage in a quarter of a century.Strikeouts have been going up for years, and that there were more strikeouts than hits in 2018 is a dire warning that balls in play can't make a comeback on their own.Which brings us to another graph:The strikeout rate has been higher in the National League, but not because the NL's actual hitters are more prone to punchouts than AL hitters. As the yellow dotted line shows, hitters from both leagues tend to have roughly the same strikeout rate. The problem, naturally, is the pitchers.It wouldn't reverse it James Shields Jersey , but letting real hitters bat for pitchers in the NL would help stem the growth of MLB's strikeout rate, thereby reintroducing some action into games.If anyone's worried about this potentially leading to longer days at the ballpark, well, don't. Carl Bialik of FiveThirtyEight looked into that in 2014 and didn't find anything.As to the work-stoppage threat??hich Rosenthal reported is "palpable"??utting the DH in the National League would theoretically make it easier for players to regain some of the riches that owners have been hoarding in recent offseasons.The number of clubs with a safety blanket for aging sluggers would double. That could lead to stronger markets not only for the likes of Nelson Cruz, but for super-long-term investments such as the Bryce Harpers and Manny Machados of this world.Younger sluggers could also benefit, as there would be more job openings for bat-only prospects (e.g., New York Mets slugger Peter Alonso).Further, neither NL clubs nor AL clubs visiting NL parks would have to worry any longer about pitchers getting hurt doing things other than pitching. Maybe it wouldn't have a huge impact in the long run, but that would be one less hurdle in between pitchers and good paydays.Beyond the allegedly entertaining strategic elements of NL-style ball, the biggest casualty of a universal DH would be the end of any true differentiation between MLB's two leagues. But since this "casualty" would nix unfair advantages for one league or the other in interleague games and the World Series, the mourning period would be brief.As hinted at by that oneSporting Life quote from the 1891, the DH was a good idea long before it officially came into being in 1973. At this juncture, it's never looked more like a necessary idea.So, again, please hurry up. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — With nothing left to play for Roberto Alomar Jersey , the San Diego Padres are in spoiler mode.“This is a crowd you don’t play in front of every single night,” third baseman Wil Myers said. “It was pretty cool to watch guys go out there and really compete.”Coming off a big three-game sweep of Colorado, the Dodgers’ NL West lead was trimmed to 1 1/2 games over the Rockies, who won 6-2 at Arizona.“Can’t take anyone for granted,” losing pitcher Ross Stripling said.San Diego had dropped five in a row against Los Angeles. It was the Padres’ first win over the Dodgers since July 10 at Petco Park.Rookie Eric Lauer (6-7) pitched five innings of one-run ball in his first win since that July day.“We want to be the spoilers for them just to do it,” Lauer said. “Just because it’s them. It’s definitely cool getting a win in that environment.”Lauer struck out Manny Machado with runners on first and second to end the fifth.“Yeah, I was just feeling good and it was kind of like the amped up part of the moment,” Lauer said.Kirby Yates allowed Machado’s two-out RBI single in the ninth before striking out Joc Pederson for his 10th save.“We just couldn’t take advantage when we had runners in scoring position,” Machado said.Renfroe slugged his 24th homer on a 3-2 pitch with one out in the fourth, putting the Padres ahead 2-1 after Franmil Reyes‘ leadoff single against Ross Stripling (8-5).Galvis homered into the lower right-field seats leading off the seventh, making it 3-1.The Dodgers threatened in the seventh and eighth only to come up short.They cut their deficit to 3-2 in the eighth. Pederson doubled to deep right-center and Matt Kemp struck out before Yasiel Puig singled to left Nick Markakis Jersey , scoring Pederson.Yasmani Grandal walked before Yates came in to face pinch-hitter Cody Bellinger. He got Bellinger on a swinging strike to end the inning.Trailing 3-1, the Dodgers had the potential tying runs on in the seventh. Brian Dozier walked and took second on Enrique Hernandez’s two-out single. Dozier moved to third and Hernandez went to second on a wild pitch by Robert Stock. Justin Turner flied to left to end the threat.The Padres extended their lead to 5-2 in the ninth against John Axford. Myers hit a two-run double.“Any time you can add runs on late is big and to be able to do it against a good team right there is nice,” Myers said.The Dodgers struck first, taking a 1-0 lead on Hernandez’s 21st homer in the third.Making his return to the rotation, Stripling allowed two runs and three hits in 3 1/3 innings. 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WASHINGTON — Daniel Murphy returns to Nationals Park on Thursday after helping the Chicago Cubs gain some breathing room over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.Murphy, who was acquired from the Nationals on Aug. 21, had three hits, including a home run, as the Cubs beat the Brewers 6-4 to snap a two-game losing streak and increase their lead in the National League Central to four games.Chicago is 11-5 in a stretch of 23 games in 23 days and manager Joe Maddon said he’s proud of the way his team is handling it.Article continues below ...“I don’t sense fatigue, the energy is good, pregame is good, talk in the dugout good http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey ,” Maddon told mlb.com. “Normally at this time of the year, you feel more of that (fatigue). I think our ability to manipulate lineups and keep guys fresh helps. I think they know how to react.”Ironically, the other player Washington traded Aug. 21 — Matt Adams — homered twice Wednesday night to lead the Cardinals to a 7-6 win over the Nationals in the rubber game of that series. The Cardinals remain 4 1/2 games behind Chicago in the Central and are second in the wild-card race, two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the final spot.The Nationals continued the selloff they began Aug. 21 when they traded pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Ryan Madson last week. Meanwhile, the Braves and Phillies are slumping. Both have played sub-.500 baseball since Aug. 15, but so have the Nationals (9-10), failing to gain much ground.Washington (69-71) dropped the final two games against St. Louis as late rallies fell short.“We gotta finish some comebacks, we really do,” Martinez said. They jump out to a 5-0 lead. Our guys don’t quit. it’s tough.”Martinez was speaking hours after general manager Mike Rizzo was asked during a session with reporters if his rookie manager — formerly the Cubs bench coach — would be back next season.“I haven’t considered any other scenario,” Rizzo responded, later praising his manager’s handling of the team.Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks (11-10, 3.37 ERA) opposes right-hander Stephen Strasburg (7-7, 4.09) on Thursday night.Hendricks got a win last time out when he held the Phillies to a run on six hits in six innings Sept. 1. He was 3-1 with a 3.41 ERA in August and got a no-decision against Washington on Aug. 10 Freddie Freeman Jersey , when he allowed two runs in six innings.In his career, Hendricks is 2-2 with a 2.72 ERA in six starts versus Washington.The Nationals have won all three of Strasburg’s starts since he returned from a cervical nerve impingement. Last time out, he picked up the win against Milwaukee when he allowed two runs on five hits over six innings, with seven strikeouts and two walks. It was his best outing since his return.“His velo’s back plus the first few innings he was lights out,” Martinez told mlb.com after the game. “That’s the Strasburg that we’ve seen in the past. So hopefully he’s got it now and he’s good, and in five days we see that same Stras.”Strasburg is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in five regular-season starts versus the Cubs. In last year’s divisional playoff series, he was 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA after allowing two unearned runs over 14 innings. He threw seven shutout innings to win Game 4 in Chicago.Strasburg will try to stop the recent home run barrage against Washington pitchers, who have surrendered eight in the past two games.“The home runs have really killed us,” Martinez said. “I look back, and we’re giving up way too many homers. We have to figure that out. We really do.”
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