Saturday, August 24, 2013

GIF: Bourjos loses his glove


The Angels' Peter Bourjos loses his glove on the home run ball.

courtesy: Getting Blanked

Monday, March 18, 2013

Quick glance at some former Blue Jays spring stats

 
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I know spring stats don't really matter, but I still find myself looking at boxscores over the course of the spring, always keeping an eye on just how some of the former member of the Toronto Blue Jays are doing these days.

Thanks to baseballreference.com, spring stats are easier to find, with the site using a new tool to determine the quality of opposing pitcher or batters faced.

Here's a look at how a few former Toronto Blue Jays are doing this spring.



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Vernon Wells (Angels)

11-for-31, .423/.452/.923, 4 HR, 11 RBI, OppQual 9.0

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Aaron Hill (D'Backs)

14-for-31, .452/.455/.710, 1 HR, 9 RBI, OppQual 9.2

John McDonald (D'Backs)

7-for-27, .259/.333/.296, 1 double,  OppQual 8.9

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Travis d'Arnaud (Mets)

8-for-26, .308/.387/.423, 2 RBI, OppQual 8.8

Henderson Alvarez (Marlins)

3 starts, 7.2 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 4.70 ERA, OppQual 8.8

Adeiny Hechavarria (Marlins)

6-for-37, .162/.220/.243, 5 RBI, OppQual 8.8

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Lyle Overbay (Red Sox)

8-for-32, .250/.359/.406, 7 RBI, OppQual 8.4

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Jason Frasor (Rangers)

5 games, 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 K, OppQual 8.1

Jake Marisnick (Marlins)

5-for-11, .455/.500/.727, 2 RBI, OppQual 8.0

Kelly Johnson (Rays)

5-for-34, .147/.275/.176, 2 RBI, OppQual 9.0

Yunel Escobar (Rays)

9-for-35, .257/.270/.400, 1 HR, 7 RBI, oppQual 9.0

Travis Snider (Pirates)

8-for-31, .258/.297/.387, 4 RBI, OppQual 8.5

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A.J. Burnett (Pirates)

3 starts, 7.88 ERA, 8 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, OppQual 9.2

All stats as of 18/03/13

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fantasy Baseball Composite Rankings: Pitchers



With your fantasy draft just around the corner, the debate on who just go number one in reagrds to the starting pitchers is a good one.

Any one of these guys in the top ten listed below would be a great choice, but the top four, Verlander, Kershaw, Strasburg or "King Felix" are realistically the pitchers that will give you  the advantage you are looking for all season.

Surprisginly, when it comes to fantasy, Greinke and Dickey are ranked as the 14th and 15th best picthers, but taking them in the second round is not out of the question.

One pitcher I would consider taking early is Blue Jays' Brandon Morrow. Starting on night's after teams get the knuckleball of R.A. Dickey will give him a huge advantage. His fastball will look at least five mph faster to hitters after the hitters struggle to hit the knuckleball.

A review of the prior composite rankings:

Catchers
First Base
Second Base
Third Base
Shortstop
Outfield

Here are the picthing rankings, with just the closers still to go!

PitchersESPNYahooCBSSI.COMAverage
Justin Verlander (DET)11121.25
Clayton Kershaw (LAD)22232.25
Stephen Strasburg (WAS)43613.5
Felix Hernandez (SEA)34353.75
David Price (TB)55444.5
Cole Hamels (PHI)86566.25
Matt Cain (SF)671087.75
Jered Weaver (LAA)911778.5
Cliff Lee (PHI)7811119.25
Yu Darvish (TEX)141215912.5
Madison Bumgarner (SF)131391612.75
Gio Gonzalez (WAS)1116141213.25
CC Sabathia (NYY)1614121313.75
Zack Greinke (LAD)109132414
R.A. Dickey (TOR)151582014.5
Adam Wainwright (STL)1210231515
Chris Sale (CWS)1718161015.25
Johnny Cueto (CIN)1820201418
Roy Halladay (PHI)2119181919.25
Kris Medlen (ATL)2317192120
Mat Latos (CIN)1921212521.5
Aroldis Chapman (CIN)2223301723
Max Scherzer (DET)2724222223.75
James Shields (KC)2527172623.75
Yovani Gallardo (MIL)2626242324.75
Jordan Zimmermann (WAS)2025253025
Matt Moore (TB)2422363228.5
Brandon Morrow (TOR)2928292828.5
Tim Lincecum (SF)3429341828.75
Josh Johnson (TOR)3233282730
Ian Kennedy (ARI)3030322930.25
Jake Peavy (CWS)3531263632
Jon Lester (BOS)3934273533.75
Jeff Samardzija (CHC)4132333936.25
Dan Haren (WAS)3135473436.75
C.J. Wilson (LAA)4343303337.25
Hiroki Kuroda (NYY)3336394939.25
Doug Fister (DET)2838316039.25
Jonathan Niese (NYM)3745354139.5
Brett Anderson (OAK)4039424341
Lance Lynn (STL)3844384641.5
Anibal Sanchez (DET)3640435042.25
Jarrod Parker (OAK)4446453743
Mike Minor (ATL)5141374844.25
Matt Harvey (NYM)4637415645
A.J. Burnett (PIT)5651405149.5
Homer Bailey (CIN)4542535949.75
Derek Holland (TEX)5049604751.5
Ryan Vogelsong (SF)5348496353.25
Matt Garza (CHC)6150446454.75
Marco Estrada (MIL)6047556657

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fantasy Composite Rankings: Outfielders



Mike Trout is a name you will hear over and over when it comes to a projected number overall pick in fantasy baseball in 2013. Unless you were one of the lucky ones who drafted him last season in a keeper league, or found a way to steal him off the waiver wire before his call up by the Angels in April,the decision to draft him first shouldn't really be a tough decision.

Even after looking at the composite rankings, where we found Braun and Trout tied as the top outfielder, go with Trout as your pick, you almost have to.

In just 139 games in 2012, Trout hit .326 with 129 runs scored, 30 home runs 89 RBI and 49 stolen bases. These numbers are just going to get better, making him a 5x5 roto fantasy player that deserves the number one selection for outfielders, and overall for that matter.

After Trout, Braun is solid choice with Kemp, McCutchen and Carlos Gonzalez rounding out the top 5. For Jays fans, Jose Bautista's wrist appears to be fine, and ranks 6th in the rankings, tied with the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton.

To date, we have looked at the composite rankings for

Catchers
First Base
Second Base
Third Base
Shortstop

Now let's look at the outfield rankings:


OutfieldersESPNYahooCBSSI.COMAverage
Ryan Bruan (MIL)12121.5
Mike Trout (LAA)21211.5
Matt Kemp (LAD)43333.25
Andrew McCutchen (PIT)34443.75
Carlos Gonzalez (COL)55855.75
Jose Bautista (TOR)77586.75
Giancarlo Stanton (FLA)86676.75
Josh Hamilton (LAA)1010768.25
Justin Upton (ATL)699129
Jason Heyward (ATL)911121010.5
Adam Jones (BAL)1113111412.25
Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS)1414131113
Bryce Harper (WAS)21817913.75
Matt Holliday (STL)1617101314
Jay Bruce (CIN)1216161514.75
B.J. Upton (ATL)1515201917.25
Yoenis Cespedes (OAK)2212181717.25
Ben Zobrist (TB)2020142419.5
Allen Craig (STL)2319152119.5
Michael Bourn (CLE)1724231620
Alex Rios (CWS)2422222022
Desmond Jennings (TB)1921242622.5
Curtis Granderson (NYY)1327282322.75
Shin-Soo Choo (CIN)2523192823.75
Alex Gordon (KC)2626212524.5
Austin Jackson (DET)1825263225.25
Mark Trumbo (LAA)2834371829.25
Martin Prado (ARI)3029253329.25
Carlos Beltran (STL)3228302729.25
Melky Cabrera (TOR)3433273131.25
Shane Victorino (BOS)3532292931.25
Josh Willingham (MIN)2936313432.5
Hunter Pence (SF)4335342233.5
Carl Crawford (LAD)3138413035
Nelson Cruz (TEX)3930363535
Carlos Gomez (MIL)2731395137
Andre Ethier (LAD)4140333637.5
Angel Pagan (SF)3345464041
Nick Markakis (BAL)5937323741.25
Ben Revere (PHI)3847424442.75
Nick Swisher (CLE)5142384343.5
Michael Morse (SEA)4452354544
Brett Gardner (NYY)3650564145.75
Chris Davis (BAL)4543544246
Alejandro De Aza (CWS)3741645649.5
Jason Kubel (ARI)4257554950.75
Torii Hunter (DET)4058665053.5

Good luck on draft day!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Fantasy Baseball Composite Rankings: Shortstops



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Who's the best shortstop in the major league's today? We may not be able to answer that question today, but from a fantasy standpoint, it looks like we may be close.

Even after missing significant time due to injury the past few seasons, Troy Tulowitzki leads all shortstops in the composite rankings, but many owners may stay away from him this season, and instead, take a chance on Ramirez or Reyes.

To be honest, Reyes and the Jays are in store for a pretty special season, so Reyes looks to be the pick here.

To date, we've covered the catchers, first baseman, second baseman and third baseman.

Now we take a look at the shortstops:

ShortstopsESPNYahooCBSSI.comAverage
Troy Tulowitzki (COL)21121.5
Hanley Ramirez (LAD)12342.5
Jose Reyes (TOR)43212.5
Starlin Castro (CHC)34734.25
Ben Zobrist (TB)56455
Ian Desmond (WAS)65665.75
Jimmy Rollins (PHI)78587
Elvis Andrus (TEX)87998.25
Asdrubal Cabrera (CLE)99878.25
Derek Jeter (NYY)1410101011
Danny Espinosa (WAS)1111121111.25
Alcides Escobar (KC)1213141212.75
Erick Aybar (LAA)1012151713.5
J.J. Hardy (BAL)1714161315
Everth Cabrera (SD)1516171616
Josh Rutledge (COL)2315111917
Alexei Ramirez (CWS)1819181417.25
Marco Scutaro (SF)1319132517.5
Andrelton Simmons (ATL)1618191817.75
Jed Lowrie (OAK)2117201518.25
Zack Cozart (CIN)2020222221
Jhonny Peralta (DET)2422232022.25
Stephen Drew (BOS)2821212122.75
Jean Segura (MIL)2223252423.5
Yunel Escobar (TB)2525272625.75
Hiroyuki Nakajima (OAK)2924262726.5
Dee Gordon (LAD)1928322927
Rafael Furcal (STL)3026292828.25
Eduardo Nunez (NYY)2630313129.5
Cliff Pennington (ARI)2729303430

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Fantasy Composite Rankings: Third Base



Your fantasy draft is probably a few weeks away, but it's never early to start looking at rankings.

To date we've covered catchers, first baseman and second baseman.

Now we take a look a third base, where Cabrera is hands down the cream of the crop, but after that, it's anyone's guess who should go next. With A-Rod out until after the All-Star break, David Wright and Adrian Beltre move into the spot once held by A-Rod. Brett Lawrie, ranked the 10th best in these rankings, will be solid pick if you can get him.

Third BasemanESPNYahooCBSSI.comAverage
Miguel Cabrera (DET)11111
Evan Longoria (TB)43253.5
David Wright (NYM)24623.5
Adrian Beltre (TEX)52364
Hanley Ramirez (LA)35534
Ryan Zimmerman (WAS)76445.25
Chase Headley (SD)67787
Aramis Ramirez (MIL)910878.5
Pablo Sandoval (SF)891099
Brett Lawrie (TOR)10811109.75
Martin Prado (ARI)111191311
David Freese (STL)1212121111.75
Will Middlebrooks (BOS)1514131614.5
Pedro Alvarez (PIT)1415161515
Todd Frazier (CIN)1317181215
Kyle Seager (SEA)1816141415.5
Mike Moustakas (KC)1713171716
Manny Machado (BAL)1618191817.75
Kevin Youkilis (NYY)1919152118.5
Michael Young (PHI)2021222020.75
Trevor Plouffe (MIN)2120231920.75
Alex Rodriguez (NYY)2222202221.5
Lonnie Chisenhall (CLE)2723302325.75
Chris Nelson (COL)2526252826
Jeff Keppinger (CHW)2328283628.75
Matt Carpenter (STL)2930243228.75
Alberto Callaspo (LAA)2625343129
Jordan Pacheco (COL)3027324132.5
Matt Dominguez (HOU)2433403533
Wilson Betemit (BAL)2831393733.75
Placido Polando (FLA)3124414836

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Ex-Jays on Photo Day



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With spring games now underway, here's a quick review of some of the new homes for some former Blue Jays.

From a fantasy perspective, most of these guys can be looked as players you may want near the end of your drafts.


Travis d'Arnaud
d'Arnaud will likely be called up in June, but you may want him try and draft him in the last round of your draft. He would be a good pick in a keeper league as well.


Vernon Wells
Wells will likely begin the season as the fourth outfielder for the Angels, so he's probably a guy to watch down the road on the wire.


John Farrell
I know you can't draft him....but..


Shaun Marcum
Marcum will likely be the fourth man in the Mets rotation, and if can pitch like he did in his first year in Milwaukee and two years in Toronto, he may just be a late round steal for you.



Jeff Mathis
Mathis will not likely be a guy to draft or watch on the wire, but I had to include him in the mix here as a reminder to the fans that he was involved in the Jays Marlins blockbuster.


Lyle Overbay

Overbay is looking to secure a spot on the Red Sox roster in 2013, but the addition of Mike Carp from the Mariners might put a damper on that plan. He may still end up as the starter in Milwaukee, so watch those developments over the spring.


Jake Marisnick
Marisnick will start in the minors, but he can hit, so monitor him if he's called up.


Yunel Escobar
Escobar goes from Toronto to Miami to Tampa Bay in a matter of months, but nothing really changes as far as fantasy goes.

Expect a .260 average, ten home runs and around 60 RBI. A good back up if you run into injuries with your starting shortstop.

Photos courtesy: Getty images

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Miguel Cabrera loses first base eligibility on Yahoo!


With the start of spring training just days away, the beginning of a new season of fantasy baseball is upon us.

The much anticipated return of Yahoo! fantasy baseball has arrived.


New features include continuous waivers, new pitching stats (saves + holds) (Net saves + holds: saves + holds - blown saves) and an improved app for iPhone and Android , which comes in handy more than you realize all season.

Something that I noticed in the early going after looking through the players is the first base eligibility for Miguel Cabrera has been eliminated in Yahoo! This season, he's just listed as a third baseman.




You almost knew this was going to happen after playing only two games at first in 2012 compared to 154 at third base. I believe you must play at least 10 games to keep the eligibility at a position, so failing to do so may change your drafting plans a bit.

Cabrera, who is in the same conversation with Mike Trout for the first overall pick in 2013, is now in competition with the likes of Adrian Beltre, Evan Longoria and David Wright at third for the coming season.

Obviously having Cabrera is a good thing offensively. The Triple Crown winner hit .330 with 44 home runs and 139 with 109 runs scored. The difference this year with Cabrera is the fact you can now have Cabrera and possibly Prince Fielder or Mark Teixeira on your squad if the pool you're in allows one player for each position.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2013 Composite Rankings: Second Base

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With fantasy baseball just around the corner, our rankings continue with Second Base.
In case you missed it, here are the other composite rankings to date:

Catchers
First Baseman
 
Second BasemanESPNRoto ChampFantasy AlarmRoto AnalysisAverage
Robinson Cano (NYY)11111
Dustin Pedroia (BOS)32222.25
Ian Kinsler (TEX)23533.25
Brandon Phillips (CIN)45745
Jason Kipnis (CLE)68365.75
Aaron Hill (ARI)77455.75
Ben Zobrist (TB)54876
Jose Altuve (HOU)86687
Rickie Weeks (MIL)111011910.25
Neil Walker (PIT)915101111.25
Danny Espinosa (WAS)102191313.25
Howie Kendrick (LAA)1314121413.25
Dan Uggla (ATL)1416151013.75
Chase Utley (PHI)1513141614.5
Daniel Murphy (NYM)1612172116.5
Marco Scutaro (SF)1217162216.75
Dustin Ackley (SEA)2020131717.5
Gordon Beckham (CWS)1923212321.5
Kelly Johnson (TB)2228201922.25
Jeff Keppinger (CWS)2121232622.75
Darwin Barney (CHC)2325252725
Chris Nelson (COL)2430193025.75
Omar Infante (DET)1718502026.25
Cliff Pennington (ARI)2626263227.5
Mark Ellis (LAD)2729273128.5
Johnny Giavotella (KC)2547242530.25
Jemile Weeks (OAK)2862221531.75
Tyler Greene (HOU)3042312933
Maicer Izturis (TOR)2935363533.75
Jurickson Profar (TEX)1838513635.75

Thursday, January 24, 2013

2013 Composite Rankings: First Base


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 Yesterday, we looked at the catchers composite rankings heading into the 2013 fantasy baseball season.

Today, we take a look at some early rankings for the first baseman.

Keep in mind players such as Posey, Santana and Mauer qualify for first base.


First BasemanESPNRoto ChampFantasy AlarmRoto AnalysisAverage
Albert Pujols (LAA)13111.5
Joey Votto (CIN)22222
Prince Fielder (DET)31332.5
Edwin Encarnacion (TOR)44544.25
Billy Butler (KC)65665.75
Buster Posey (SF)56856
Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)1011498.5
Adrian Gonzalez (LAD)7127109
Freddie Freeman (ATL)1171179
Mark Teixeira (NYY)810131210.75
Allen Craig (STL)912141111.5
Paul Konerko (CHW)18912811.75
Anthony Rizzo (CHC)178102114
Mark Trumbo (LAA)132191715
Joe Mauer (MIN)1218231416.75
Ike Davis (NYM)1516201817.25
Adam LaRoche (WAS)2020171317.5
Eric Hosmer (KC)2219151517.75
Carlos Santana (CLE)1417252019
Ryan Howard (PHI)1625212221
Nick Swisher (CLE2326182322.5
Chris Davis (BAL)2129192423.25
Mike Napoli (BOS)2815302624.75
Kendrys Morales (SEA)2424242825
Adam Dunn (CHW)2928162725
Michael Young (PHI)3023273127.75
Justin Morneau (MIN)3134281928
Todd Frazier (CIN)2730313029.5
Lance Berkman (TEX)2532362930.5
Kevin Youkilis (NYY)2638392532

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

2013 Composite Rankings: Catchers


Well, here we go!

I made a promise the blog would soon turn to a fantasy blog, and after a few weeks off, it is finally here.

I know most fantasy baseball sites are still not up (Yahoo!) but some deadlines set by commissioners for keeper players are just around the corner.

Since it's never too early in the off-season to talk fantasy, we start out composite series with a look at the catchers.

Here's where they rank going into 2013.


CatchersESPNRoto ChampFantasy AlarmRoto AnalysisAverage
Buster Posey (SF)11111
Yadier Molina (STL)23422.75
Joe Mauer (MIN)45333.75
Carlos Santana (CLE)54243.75
Matt Wieters (BAL)36755.25
Mike Napoli (BOS)925137.25
Wilin Rosario (COL)87977.75
Miguel Montero (ARI)788108.25
Salvador Perez (KC)111611611
Brian McCann (ATL)1510101111.5
Jesus Montero (SEA)1011121411.75
Jonathan Lecroy (MIL)129131512.25
A.J. Pierzynski (TEX)131715913.5
Victor Martinez (DET)7356814
Carlos Ruiz (PHI)1412211214.75
Ryan Doumit (MIN)1614141615
Alex Avila (DET)1918161918
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (BOS)1720182018.75
J.P. Arencibia (TOR)1822172320
John Jaso (OAK)2215242120.5
Russell Martin (PIT)2013192222
A.J. Ellis (LAD)2126251722.25
Yasmani Grandal (SD)2424311824.25
Wilson Ramos (WAS)3121202624.5
Chris Iannetta (LAA)2525222825

NOTE: 

Sites like CBS or Yahoo were not used in this chart, as it is a little early yet for their rankings.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Fantasy Baseball The Focus For 2013




With a new year upon us, a new and improved chapter is coming your way here at extrabasehit.

The blog will start covering the world of baseball from a fantasy perspective going forward.

Expect the same content as before, just with a fantasy spin this time around.

Looking forward to this new beginning, with the first fantasy post coming soon!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Chipper Jones mansion for sale


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If you're still looking for the perfect Christmas Gift for someone special in your life, may I suggest this beautiful mansion in Atlanta owned by Chipper Jones.

This 23,000 square foot home is on the market for $3.2 million and features 7 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a theater room, six vehicle garage, and of course, a swimming pool.

Via: The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Friday, December 14, 2012

World Series odds have changed since the Winter Meetings



The World Series is still ten months away, but that hasn't stopped us from watching the lines move after all the off-season activity in Major League Baseball.

Since the Winter Meetings took place from December 3rd through the 6th, we've seen:

James Loney go to the Rays
Geovany Soto go back to the Rangers
Jason Marquis go back to the Padres
Mike Napoli sign with the Red Sox (maybe??)
Angel Pagan stay in San Fran
Shane Victorino go to Boston
Dan Haren to Washington
Joakim Soria sign with Texas
Marco Scutaro re-sign with the Giants
Jeff Keppinger go to the White Sox
Jason Bay head to Seattle
Sean Burnett leave Washington for the Angels
Joe Blanton sign for two years in LA (Angels)
Koji Uehara sign in Boston
Brandon McCarthy goes to Arizona
Mark Reynolds leave Baltimore for Cleveland (wait, what?)
Zack Greinke get paid!!!!with the Dodgers
Kevin Correia did too, only $137 million less than Greinke
Andres Torres go back to San Fran
Josh Hamilton shocks everyone, signing with the Angels
Ryan Dempster signs with Boston
Ichiro goes back to the Yankees
Ty Wigginton is off to St. Louis...and
Anibal Sanchez stiffs the Cubs to back to the Tigers

 List courtesy of theScore's MLB off-season tracker 

So what does this all mean for the odds?

Take a look! (via: bet365)


TeamsOn December 2ndOn December 14th
Cincinnati Reds15/2 odds15/2 odds
Washington Nationals8-1 odds15/2 odds
Toronto Blue Jays8-1 odds8/1 odds
Texas Rangers17/2 odds10/1 odds
LA Dodgers10/1 odds15/2 odds
Detroit Tigers10/1 odds10/1 odds
Oakland Athletics11/1 odds16/1 odds
LA Angels11/1 odds8/1 odds
NY Yankees11/1 odds12/1 odds
San Francisco Giants12/1 odds14/1 odds
Atlanta Braves15/1 odds16/1 odds
Philadelphia Phillies16/1 odds16/1 odds
St. Louis Cardinals20/1 odds22/1 odds
Tampa Bay Rays20/1 odds21/1 odds
Milwaukee Brewers33/1 odds33/1 odds
Chicago White Sox33/1 odds35/1 odds
Boston Red Sox33/1 odds21/1 odds
Baltimore Orioles35/1 odds40/1 odds
Pittsburgh Pirates40/1 odds40/1 odds
Arizona Diamondbacks40/1 odds40/1 odds
Seattle Mariners66/1 odds75/1 odds
NY Mets66/1 odds66/1 odds
San Diego Padres66/1 odds80/1 odds
Miami Marlins75/1 odds75/1 odds
KC Royals80/1 odds45/1 odds
Cleveland Indians80/1 odds80/1 odds
Minnesota Twins100/1 odds125/1 odds
Colorado Rockies100/1 odds125/1 odds
Chicago Cubs100/1 odds100/1 odds
Houston Astros200/1 odds250/1 odds