Archive for October, 2016

Derek Holland Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation Surrounding Rangers SP

Citing a source Monday, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reported the Texas Rangers "would be more than willing to trade" starting pitcher Derek Holland before the 2017 season. Continue for updates. Holland's Contract Driving Factor in Trade Talks Monday, Oct. 31 Although the Rangers own an $11 million club option for 2017 and an $11.5 million club option for 2018, Heyman noted they would like to trade Holland "in order to avoid keeping him on the books going forward." Heyman also pointed out the Rangers and Holland agreed to a $1.5 million buyout for 2017 and a $1 million buyout for 2018 if the team doesn't want to keep the left-hander around but can't find a trade partner. Holland, who has been a member of the Rangers for his entire career, made 22 appearances in 2016 with a 4.95 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 107.1 innings. However, Heyman called the southpaw "oft-injured," and ...




Tim Tebow Injury: Updates on Mets OF’s Leg and Return

New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow suffered a right leg injury during an Arizona Fall League game Monday, according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo.  Continue for updates. Tebow Exits Monday's Fall League Game Monday, Oct. 31 Mayo reported Tebow may have hurt his right leg after being thrown out on an attempted steal of second base. Aaron Brown, a prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies' organization, replaced him in left field. The injury is another setback for the former NFL quarterback, who has had a rough time making the transition to the baseball diamond. According to MLB.com, Tebow has the seventh-worst batting average (.147) and third-worst OPS (.371) in the Arizona Fall League. Despite his struggles at the plate, the Mets may see a future for the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner. On Friday, ESPN.com's Adam Rubin reported Tebow is likely to see action with New York's Single-A team, the Columbia Fireflies, in 2017. The Scottsdale Scorpions have 14 games ...




Cubs vs. Indians: Remaining World Series 2016 Schedule and Ticket Info

The 2016 World Series is down to its final two games with both teams believing they can win their first title in decades. While the Cleveland Indians still hold a 3-2 advantage, the Chicago Cubs have a newfound confidence after surviving with a Game 5 win. Even with their struggles offensively, this is still a squad that won 103 games during the regular season. On the other hand, the Indians get to return home with the opportunity to win in front of their home fans. Here is what you need to know heading into the final few games of the World Series.   Tickets: ScoreBig.com   Preview As it often is in baseball, one of the biggest stories for the final two games of the series is the pitching matchup. The Cubs will send Jake Arrieta to the mound for Game 6, and if they win, Kyle Hendricks will get the start in Game 7. It's hard to imagine ...




World Series 2016: Cubs vs. Indians Pitching Outlook and Predictions

The Chicago Cubs sent the World Series back to Cleveland with a Game 5 win over the Indians Sunday night. Needing two more victories on the road, the Cubs have a pair of aces waiting to take the mound. In Tuesday’s must-win Game 6, the Cubs will send out 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. Cleveland will counter with Josh Tomlin, who has followed a shaky season with a spectacular postseason run. If necessary, two stoic studs will compete in the third Fall Classic Game 7 in six years. Kyle Hendricks—who registered an MLB-best 2.13 ERA this season—is in line to make Chicago’s final start. On the other side, Corey Kluber could cement a fabled October with his third win of the series. With the World Series shifting back to Progressive Field, let’s break down the upcoming pitching matchups on tap. Game 6: Jake Arrieta vs. Josh Tomlin Like Game 5, this ...




World Series Game 6 Betting Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians Odds

The Chicago Cubs staved off elimination with a 3-2 victory against the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, and they enter Game 6 on Tuesday as solid minus-143 road favorites (bet $143 to win $100) at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark with Jake Arrieta on the mound. Arrieta also pitched in Game 2 at Cleveland, allowing two hits and one run in 5.2 innings of a 5-1 win while walking three and striking out six. The Cubs still trail the Indians 3-2 in the series but saw closer Aroldis Chapman come through in relief to earn a huge save in Game 5, as he got eight outs to protect the lead for winner Jon Lester. However, Cleveland remains a big favorite to win the World Series with potentially two games left at home and a rested Andrew Miller in the bullpen. Chapman threw 42 pitches over 2.2 innings, allowing ...




Cubs vs. Indians: Latest World Series 2016 Twitter Reaction

To Cleveland we go. The Chicago Cubs kept their title hopes alive on Sunday night, beating Cleveland 3-2, winning their first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945 and sending the Fall Classic back to Progressive Field for Games 6 and 7. Cleveland holds a 3-2 advantage. Not surprisingly, much of the conversation following Game 5 surrounded Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman, who came into the game in the seventh inning and promptly pitched 2.2 shutout innings. It was a unique performance, as Al Leiter said on the MLB Network: Special indeed. His 42 pitches were four shy of his career-high for a one-game appearance, per Bob Klapisch of USA Today, and his performance is why this series is heading back to Chicago, as Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News noted: It was a gutsy decision by Cubs manager Joe Maddon but one he was prepared to make before the game, according to Andy ...




World Series 2016: Latest Odds, Important Stats for Cubs vs. Indians

The Chicago Cubs apparently aren't going out without a fight. Behind a strong start from Jon Lester and a clutch performance from Aroldis Chapman out of the bullpen, the Cubs stayed alive with a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in Sunday's Game 5. Lester gave up two runs over six innings, while Chapman threw a career-high 2.2 innings to close it out. The Cubs closer came in with the Indians threatening in the top of the seventh but got out of a jam and showed little signs of struggle despite throwing 42 pitches. "A pretty gutsy performance there," Kris Bryant told reporters regarding Chapman. "He just went out there and did his thing. That’s the reason right there why we got him." Bryant himself sparked the Cubs' three-run fourth inning by hitting a solo home run. Addison Russell and David Ross drove in the final two runs for Chicago, which was shut out over ...




MLB Rumors: Latest Trade Buzz on Wade Davis, Derek Dietrich and More

It's not hot-stove season for Major League Baseball just yet, but trade rumblings are starting to crop up with November right around the corner. When it comes to early trade rumors, most of the teams involved are reportedly seeking the same thing: starting pitching. Without wasting any time, here's a rundown of the latest buzz circulating in MLB's fall rumor mill.              Marlins Dangling Adeiny Hechavarria and Derek Dietrich The Miami Marlins are looking to bolster their starting pitching staff, and they're reportedly intent on parting with a couple of infielders to improve their depth on the mound. "The Marlins are expected to consider trade offers for shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and jack-of-all trades Derek Dietrich in an attempt to acquire pitching," the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reported Sunday. "They value Dietrich and believe he’s starter-caliber, so Miami would want quality in return." While it's unclear whom the Marlins will target, one scout told Jackson that Dietrich could bring back a potential starter. "Maybe ...




World Series 2016 Schedule: TV Coverage Info and Predictions for Rest of Series

Despite doomsday feelings from plenty of fans, the World Series isn't over quite yet. The Chicago Cubs bounced back from consecutive home losses to win Game 5, extending the series for at least another game. The Cleveland Indians now have a chance to win it all at home, although their confidence might be wavering a bit. Of course, the pressure is still on the Cubs to win two more games if they want to win a title for the first time since 1908. The drama will only pick up in the coming days, so make sure you don't miss the last two games of the year.      Preview The Cubs offense finally came alive Sunday, even if it was for just one inning. Kris Bryant got the scoring going with a solo home run in the third inning, which was followed by runs by Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist. With a solid start by Jon Lester and ...




Key World Series Questions Still Needing Answers Before Champion Is Crowned

The Chicago Cubs are still alive. Down to their last life, the National League champions preserved their title aspirations by defeating the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night. The long-suffering franchise needs two more victories to win its first championship since 1908. If the Cubs pull off the improbable comeback, they can silence Cleveland fans who won't stop talking about how the Golden State Warriors fell flat in the same scenario. The series will return to Ohio on Tuesday, and the Indians will have another chance to shut the door. If the Cubs survive once again, Progressive Field will also host Game 7 Wednesday night. As both sides prepare for Game 6, let's take a look at the biggest questions lingering over the World Series.Begin Slideshow




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