Yesterday's trade deadline saw some blockbuster trades but how will these players affect their new team's chances for postseason glory and their MLB odds?
Athletics - Aces Wild
A few years ago the Phillies assembled a bevy of All-Star starters when Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt combined to become one of the most devastating fearsome foursome to rule the diamond. The Oakland Athletics decided to copy that blueprint adding former Cubs All-Star hurler Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to their staff last month and then traded outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for Red Sox ace Jon Lester (and Jonny Gomes) at the deadline.
If pitching wins pennants then Oakland just bought their way into the World Series with Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Jon Lester and Jeff Samardzija expected to hurl their way through the postseason. Though the A's will miss the thump in the batting order that Cespedes provided it should be noted that Oakland leads all teams with 535 runs and felt another All-Star arm was worth a little less run production. History seems to bear this out and the purveyors of MLB odds happen to agree that Oakland is the team to beat as the vast majority of offshore books have the Athletics at 4-1 to win the World Series and a paltry 2-1 to win the AL Pennant.
Tigers Poised to Pounce
According to all the pundits and talking heads in the world of sports, of which there are many, Jon Lester was expected to be the prized plum as the trade deadline approached. Though Lester is an All-Star Major League pitcher he is considered half a click below the truly elite but none of those elite pitchers were going to be available for trade...or so we thought. The Tigers were able to wrangle David Price from Tampa Bay but they had to give up fan favorite Austin Jackson and pitcher Drew Smyly in return.
Yet, as difficult as those departures are for the team and their fans, David Price is a gem to have in your pitching stable and should provide an enormous boost for Detroit's playoff run. It should also be noted that Detroit added another important piece to their bullpen recently when they acquired set-up man Joakim Soria from the Rangers. Though his first few appearances for Detroit have been rough to say the least, Soria is a proven commodity that should bolster a lackluster bullpen. The MLB odds on Detroit are currently being dealt at Bet365.com as +500 to win the World Series and +275 to win the AL Pennant.
Shufflin’ Off to St. Louey
The Redbirds may still not have much oomph in their bats but they did upgrade their pitching and we all know how important that is to postseason glory. The Cards pried John Lackey from the Red Sox and acquired Cleveland’s Justin Masterson for the stretch run. Their offense may ultimately doom them but behind super ace Adam Wainwright and the complementary pieces recently acquired the fans of St. Louis may be hosting at least a few games of the World Series in their own backyard.
Bet365.com is currently dealing MLB odds of 12-1 for the Cards to win the World Series, 5-1 to win the NL Pennant and +140 to claim the NL Central.
Angels Hold Tight
The Angels would be in first place this morning in any division but the one in which they reside. With 64 wins under their belts they remain two games back of the Oakland A’s but did little to improve their squad at the deadline while Oakland added yet another ace to their already imposing starting pitching. Although they were quiet on July 31st, they did bolster their bullpen with the addition of three relievers over the past several weeks that are certain to make an impact once the playoffs begin.
Bet365.com has installed the LA Angels in their MLB odds at +1000 to win the World Series, +550 to win the AL Pennant and +225 to capture the AL West.