Sport The Daily Sweat: Blue Jays look to stay hot against shorthanded Cardinals
Bell hits 3-run HR to rally Nationals past Cardinals 7-6
WASHINGTON (AP) — Josh Bell hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 on Saturday night. Bell, likely on his way out as the Major League Baseball trade deadline nears, gave the home fans possibly one final moment to celebrate his time with the club after his 14th homer of the season just cleared the wall in right-center off Génesis Cabrera (3-2). Bell, who turns 30 nextBell, likely on his way out as the Major League Baseball trade deadline nears, gave the home fans possibly one final moment to celebrate his time with the club after his 14th homer of the season just cleared the wall in right-center off Génesis Cabrera (3-2).
It's not by design, but the Toronto Blue Jays have a nice little advantage.
The Blue Jays are seeing teams come to Toronto without full rosters due to Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. This week, the St. Louis Cardinals are in Toronto without their two best players, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. The Blue Jays won as big favorites on Tuesday. The Blue Jays, who were displaced from Canada for the 2020 and most of the 2021 seasons due to COVID-19, don't need to apologize for any edge they're getting now. But it helps. And while it was nice to play a depleted Kansas City Royals team or the Cardinals without their top two hitters, it's not the only reason the Blue Jays are getting hot.
Report: Blue Jays, Yankees, and Cardinals frontrunners for A's SP Frankie Montas
The rumor mill is heating up as the MLB trade deadline approaches. © Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas. One of the names expected to be on the move ahead of Tuesday's 6 p.m. deadline is Oakland Athletics' ace starting pitcher Frankie Montas.According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the market for Montas is beginning to take shape. While there should be plenty of interest from around the league in the 29-year-old starter, the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals have emerged as the favorites to land Montas, per Morosi.
Finally, Toronto looks like the team that came into this season with so much promise. Toronto has won seven in a row and nine of 10. The Blue Jays are -250favorites against the shorthanded Cards on Wednesday night.
The Jays probably aren't catching the New York Yankees in the AL East no matter how hot they get, but they now have the best record among wild-card teams. It's a team with talented players up and down the roster, but one that was just 47-43 before this recent hot streak. There was something missing. It cost manager Charlie Montoyo his job on July 13.
The lineup, which memorably scored 28 runs in a game against the Boston Red Sox last week, has come alive. They're a team worth keeping an eye on going forward when they're getting good odds. It finally seems to be coming together for a young and exciting team.
Angels reportedly listening to offers for MVP Shohei Ohtani, trade before deadline 'highly unlikely'
What transpires with Washington Nationals superstar Juan Soto before Tuesday's trade deadline could impact what happens with Ohtani. "A team that loses out on Soto could pivot and come for Ohtani, who will be a free agent after next season. Despite being five years older than Soto and having one less year of control, Ohtani has similar trade value because he’s a two-way star, and could bring back a similarly valued package," Bowden wrote. "It appears the Angels will need to revisit the Ohtani situation in the offseason. At this stage, I think he stays put, at least until the winter, but you never know.
Here's a first look at the sports betting slate for Wednesday:
Subway Series continues
The New York Mets got the best of the New York Yankees on Tuesday, winning the first game of a much-anticipated series between two of MLB's best teams. The Mets held on to a 6-3 win.
The Mets are big -165 favorites on Wednesday night with Max Scherzer slated to start. The Yankees have been in a midseason lull after a fantastic start to the season. They're 5-9 in their last 14 games since starting the season 61-23. It's enticing to take the Yankees as a significant favorite, but it's a much harder play than it was a couple weeks ago. Especially against Scherzer on Wednesday.
What about the rest of the MLB schedule?
It's a good day to skip work and bet baseball. There are nine MLB afternoon games. The best game could be the Minnesota Twins at the Milwaukee Brewers, a matchup of two division leaders. The Brewers took the first game of the series with a comeback, walk-off win on Wednesday. The Brewers are -190 favorites with reigning NL Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes starting.
What's the best bet?
I'll take the Colorado Rockies as a +115 underdog against the Chicago White Sox. White Sox starter Lucas Giolito has struggled all season, and a trip to Coors Field probably isn't the best news for him.
Mountcastle HRs, surging Orioles beat struggling Jays 7-3 .
TORONTO (AP) — Ryan Mountcastle hit a two-run home run in his return to the lineup, Ryan McKenna had his first three-hit game and an RBI, and the surging Baltimore Orioles improved to 9-4 in August by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 Monday night. Baltimore (60-55) reached 60 wins in a season for the first time since going 75-87 in 2017. The Orioles didn’t win more than 54 games in any of the past three full seasons. The Orioles are fourth in the race for one of three AL wild-card spots.Mountcastle sat out Sunday’s loss at Tampa Bay after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch Saturday.