I didn’t wager on the New York Mets yesterdayand I am going to betting on the Mets now, but I wanted to take a couple of minutes to recognize what this group is performing right now. After the Mets created the blockbuster move to get starting pitcher Marcus Stroman in the Toronto Blue Jays before the July 31st trade deadline, even the initial backlash was fierce. Even the pundits and fans have been scratching their own heads, and also on paper, the movement just didn’t make a lot of sense.
The Mets were seemingly out of playoff contention and were supposed to be purchasing some of their best guys including Eddie Diaz along with Noah Syndergaard. Instead, they retained all of their very best men and brought in Stroman in from Toronto, in a desperate bid to get back into the playoff picture. Personally, I saw it among the more confusing moves of the last decade and laughed and thought to myself, average Mets move, fully assuming it would blow up in their head just like numerous trades have in the past.
And then something shifted to the Mets. They caught fire. And all of the sudden this group has to be feared from the National League. The Mets have reeled off fifteen wins in their past three games and are back to the perfect side of .500 and are only a half of a game back of this second NL wild cardgame. And it’s not simply that they are winning, it is the way they’re winning. It is a different hero every night for these miracle Mets. It appears that every night they get to a position where they are going to lose and find a way to stage a successful comeback.
The amount on New York now is too large to profitably back them since they’re placing -200 with ace Jacob deGrom around the mound. But be sure you keep your attention on this team. Baseball is a humorous game, so much of it’s centered around endings. When you have it, things just appear to break up your own way. When you don’t, sometimes you can’t buy a win. At the moment, the Mets surely have it. For the current selection, we will visit Milwaukee in which the Brewers are seeking to sweep off up the Texas Rangers.
The Texas Rangers have been at Milwaukee Sunday, hoping to avoid getting swept. The Rangers have dropped four straight matches, two of these to the Brewers within this series, along with their season is fast turning into a closefriend. While Texas did not maintain the fire sale which many anticipated at the trade deadline, but they also did not go out and acquire much talent, and the Rangers are currently nine matches back of the second wild card at the American League.
For the Brewers, they did a fantastic job of adding several competent arms to their team since they added guys like Drew Pomeranz, Jake Faria, Ray Black, along with tonight’s rookie Jordan Lyles. Along with the motions are starting to truly offer this squad a boost as they have won five straight matches and are currently just a game and a half back of the Chicago Cubs for first place in the NL Central Division race.
Starting now for the Brewers is Jordan Lyles (7-7 4.97 ERA), and also for the Rangers, it is Mike Minor (10-6 3.06 ERA). The game total over-under is placed at nine runs. The Brewers are -126 home favorites. First pitch is scheduled for 11:10 AM PST from Miller Park in Milwaukee.
Sometimes a trade just does not appear to produce a lot of sense when it is initially made. That was the situation with all the Mets and Marcus Stroman, which was also the case when the Brewers brought in starting pitcher Jordan Lyles. Lyles was fighting through a poor year before being transferred. In his previous four starts prior to getting traded, Lyles had gotten blasted for twenty-five runs in just 1 innings worked. I don’t know off hand what ERA which adds up to, but it is really high. And you need to remember, this guy was pitching to the Pittsburgh Pirates, at exactly the exact identical division as the Brewers.
So, it was tough to expect the guy to be better in Milwaukee because he was in Pittsburgh. But he sure has figured things out so far in Milwaukee! In his two starts with his new group, he’s pitched a combined ten innings and has allowed only two earned runs, and the Brewers won the two matches. Sometimes a change of scenery from a last-place team from contention to some group in the mix of a pennant race is all it requires to have a man to turn matters around.
Mike Minor is distress through the specific contrary of what Jordan Lyles is going through in that most people expected him to get traded to a contender, and he ended up staying in Texas. Minor was a favorite trade goal for several fighting clubs, but a deal could not be made, and here he is now finishing his season out with a Rangers team heading nowhere.
And it looked like the stress of possibly getting traded was wearing on Minor as he was awful at July. Going into July, Minor was 8-4 with a 2.40 ERA and was selected to the Al All-Star team. But throughout the month leading up to the trade deadline, then he had been just 1-2 having a 6.59 ERA in five starts, and the Rangers went 1-4 in those five matches. Those struggles may have been what kept Minor in Texas because his worth plummeted at the wrong moment. Minor’s first post-trade deadline beginning proved to be a good one because he pitched seven shutout innings from the Cleveland Indians.
This can be an interesting game. A month before, I would have enjoyed financing Minor getting pet cash. However he’s struggled since then, and I am no longer confident that he can move in and shut down a great hitting team like the Brewers. And when you look at this Texas lineup, they simply aren’t the same with no Joey Gallo on the field.
With Gallo sidelined with injury, this team is 28th in the majors in runs scored in the month of August. They are scoring just over three runs on the game, and they are hitting an abysmal .206 for a team. While I am not all that convinced that Lyles could continue his good benefits, I know that the Brewers will not be leaving him into the match all that long anyhow as they like to turn matters over to their bullpen in any indication of distress.
I think Minor gets roughed up a few, and also the Brewers with a questionnaire of Lyles and their bullpen, find a way to take advantage of the slumping Rangers lineup and fill out the sweep. I talked about momentum, and right now, the Brewers have this, along with the Rangers do not. And I will make the most of those trends and fire on the Brewers now. Give me the Milwaukee Brewers today as home favorites in match three from Miller Park at -126!
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