Matt Olson MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

The Oakland A’s are a small-market team that often plays late at night, so half the USA doesn’t know much about them. However, any team in the majors would be happy to have A’s first baseman Matt Olson. Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on Olson’s 2020 MLB season – assuming there is one – and an overview.

Matt Olson MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

Last season, Olson missed 34 games while on the injured list early in the year but still hit 36 home runs and drove in 91 runs while batting .267 in 127 games. He had career highs in home runs, RBI and batting average and matched his high in extra base hits (62).

Olson tied for seventh in the American League in home runs. Among first basemen, his 36 home runs led the AL, ranked third in the majors and was seventh in Oakland history. He joined Mark McGwire (eight times) and Jason Giambi (twice) as the only first baseman in Oakland history with 30 or more home runs. Olson ranked second among AL first basemen in RBI (91).

In addition, Olson ranked fifth in the AL in go-ahead RBI (26) and tied for eighth in go-ahead home runs (14). The A’s compiled a 15-19 (.442) record while he was on the 10-day IL from March 27 to May 6 following a right hamate excision. He was reinstated May 7 and Oakland went 82-44 (.651) following his return.

As the A’s made a playoff push in September, hit .263 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 25 games in the month. That tied for third in the American League in RBI and tied for fourth in home runs. Olson leads the majors with 27 home runs in September over the last three years and ranks second with 64 RBI.

Defensively in 2019, Olson led MLB first basemen in defensive runs saved (13). He also led AL first basemen total chances (1121), putouts (1023) and assists (90) and ranked second in fielding percentage (.993) and double plays (95). The assists tied for seventh most in Oakland history by a first baseman and were the most since McGwire had 101 in 1991.

Olson ranked among the top six percent in several 2019 metrics like barrel percentage and exit velocity. He hit more than 50 percent of his balls hard in 2019 – with an exit velocity at 95 mph or higher — something only five other players did last year.

“He has pretty good leverage and a ton of power,” Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. “And, as important as anything, there’s no panic in him. Rarely do you see him show any emotion one way or the other. If you have a bad day at the big-league level, sometimes guys can really be affected by it. He doesn’t let any of that stuff get to him.”

This offseason, the Athletics and Matt Olson agreed to a one-year, $603,500 contract for 2020. This is the final year in which the Athletics will get the 25-year-old slugger on such a minimal deal as he’ll be arbitration-eligible for the first time next season.

Olson hit .200 (5-for-25) with two doubles, one home run, four RBI, nine strikeouts, five walks and four runs across 11 Cactus League games before spring training was suspended. Could he win the 2020 home run title?

Only four times in half a century have the A’s won an outright MLB homer title. Jose Canseco did it twice with 42 in 1988 and 44 in 1991, McGwire did it once with 52 in 1998 and Davis did it in 2018. As a rookie in 1987, McGwire did tie for the MLB lead with the Cubs’ Andre Dawson, both hitting 49. The Oakland Coliseum isn’t very homer-friendly.

Gleyber Torres MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

One of the best young players in baseball is third-year Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres, and he’s a legitimate candidate to win MVP this year. Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on Torres’ 2020 MLB season – assuming there is one – and an overview.

Gleyber Torres MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

In late July 2016, the Yankees traded star closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for a package of players that was led by the Cubs’ top prospect in Torres. That deal worked out well for the Cubs at the time as Chapman helped them end their epic World Series drought in 2016 but then left in free agency and re-signed with the Yankees. Now it looks like a one-sided deal with how good Torres has become.

Last year, Torres hit a career-high 38 homers, tied with second baseman Alfonso Soriano (38 HR in 2003) for second-most by a middle infielder in team history (min. 50% of G at 2B/SS), behind only Soriano (39 HR in 2002).

At 22, Torres was is the youngest Yankee to have 30 homers in a season behind only Joe DiMaggio. His 90 RBIs were the most by a Yankee in a season at age 22-or-younger since Mickey Mantle had 102RBI in 1954.

Torres last year had a Major League-high eight multi-HR games, matching the most by a Yankee in a single season (also Alex Rodriguez, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth). Torres became the youngest player in Major League history to record eight multi-HR games in one season. Torres also hit 20 dingers at home, becoming the sixth player (eighth time) to hit 20 HR in a season at the current Yankee Stadium. He was named to his second career AL All-Star team (also 2018).

Since the start of the 2018 season, no other MLB player has hit more three-run homers than Torres’ 13. Twenty-one of Torres’ career 62 homers have either tied the game or given the Yankees a lead.

In the 2019 playoffs, Torres became is the only player age 22 or younger in American League history to hit three home runs in a single postseason.

If there is one negative in his two big league seasons, Torres has rated as a well-below-average baserunner. He is 11 for 15 (73 percent) stealing bases but there is more to baserunning than stealing bases. Torres has made 16 outs on the bases the last two years, one of the highest totals in baseball,

Still, Torres, who turned 23 in December, is already on a path toward a remarkable career.

“I think he’s appreciated around the game as a great player,’’ manager Aaron Boone said. “I’m really proud of the continued strides I’ve seen with him since he got called up. He was an impact player for us right away and…I feel like he’s met every challenge and become a more polished and well-rounded player at a young age.’’

With the Yankees losing shortstop Didi Gregorius in free agency this offseason, Torres will play short every day in 2020. Torres had a mildly disappointing spring at the plate — he hit .200/.241/.360 with a home run and six RBI in 29 plate appearances — but defense was his primary struggle as he committed five errors in 23 total chances. Torres said he has kept in touch with Gregorius, taking tips from the team’s in an attempt to solidify his own mechanics on the field.

The Yankees, for a variety of reasons, had little interest in bringing back Gregorius, their shortstop of the previous five years. The position is not unfamiliar for Torres. Besides coming up through the minors primarily at shortstop, Torres played more games there last season (77) than second base (65 games) because Gregorius missed the first two-plus months of the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Yordan Alvarez MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

Yordan Alvarez was a midseason callup last year by the Houston Astros and dominated from the get-go in winning AL Rookie of the Year honors. Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on Alvarez’s 2020 MLB season – assuming there is one – and an overview.

Yordan Alvarez MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

One of the most lopsided trades in recent memory happened on Aug. 1, 2016, when the Dodgers sent Alvarez to Houston for pitcher Josh Fields. Fields was 30 at the time. He had thrown 15.2 innings that year for the Astros, all in relief. He left Houston with an ERA of 6.89 and a WHIP of 1.66 at the time of the trade. Alvarez never played a game in the Dodgers organization. Now he’s a rising superstar.

It was no sure thing that Alvarez was going to be ready for the original Opening Day as right before MLB shut down, new manager Dusty Baker admitted that it was up in the air. Alvarez had been dealing with soreness in both of his knees and the issue dragged on longer than expected. Shouldn’t be a problem now if we have a season.

Alvarez wasn’t called up until last June by Houston but still was a unanimous choice for AL Rookie of the Year. He hit 27 homers, which were a rookie club record. Among MLB rookies, Alvarez ranked first in OBP (.412), SLG (.655) and OPS (1.067) with his OPS being the highest posted by a rookie in MLB history, besting Shoeless Joe Jackson, who posted a 1.058 OPS for the 1911 Cleveland Naps (min. 350 PA).

Alvarez posted 78 RBI in his 87 games during the regular season, which ranked as the seventh-highest RBI total thru a player’s first 87 games in MLB history, trailing only Walt Dropo (95 RBI in 1950), Ted Williams (86 RBI in 1939), Joe DiMaggio (85 RBI in 1936) and three other players in Major League history. In Astros history, Alvarez’s 78 RBI ranked second among rookies, trailing only the 1991 season by Jeff Bagwell, who collected 82 RBI in his 156 games played. Bagwell won the Rookie of the Year that season.

In a 23-2 win over Baltimore on Aug. 10 at Camden Yards, Alvarez recorded career highs in home runs (3) and RBI (7). He became the first rookie in club history to have a three-homer game and the second to have a seven RBI game, also C J.R. Towles on Sept. 20, 2007 vs. STL (8 RBI).

Alvarez was also the first Astro to have a three-homer game in the regular season since Carlos Lee on April 13, 2007 at the Phillies. Alvarez was the seventh-youngest player (22.044) in MLB history to have a three-homer game.

Continuing, Alvarez was named the AL Rookie of the Month in June, July and August. He became the first player in franchise history to win three consecutive Rookie of the Month awards, and the first MLB player to do so since Aaron Judge from April-June of 2017. Alvarez set a Major League record for RBI in a player’s first 45 career games with 51, surpassing Ted Williams’ record of 47 set in 1939. He also set a record for RBI within a player’s first 30 games (35 RBI), surpassing Albert Pujols (34 in 2001).

Including Yordan Alvarez, the 2019 Astros became the first team to play five Cubans in the same season since the 1969 Reds used IF Mike de la Hoz, RHP Camilo Pascual, IF Tony Perez, RHP Pedro Ramos and IF Chico Ruiz.

Alvarez was used almost solely as a designated hitter as a rookie, but the Astros are planning to play him in the field more frequently this season than last. Alvarez played the field in just 10 of his 87 games last year. All of those 10 defensive appearances came in left field, although he did play some first base in the minor leagues early in the season.

All three of the team’s current starting outfielders and their first baseman could be lost to free agency after this season — neither Michael Brantley, George Springer, Josh Reddick nor Yuli Gurriel are signed beyond the 2020 season.

Rhys Hoskins MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

Rhys Hoskins is a bit overlooked on the Philadelphia Phillies but has totaled 63 homers the past two seasons. Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on Hoskins’ 2020 MLB season – assuming there is one – and an overview.

Rhys Hoskins MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

Hoskins wasn’t exactly a touted prospect coming out of little Sacramento State. As a junior he hit 12 home runs with 53 RBIs and a .573 slugging percentage (all leading the WAC), while batting .319, and was named WAC Player of the Year. He was drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. Hoskins made his MLB debut on Aug. 10, 2017.

Hoskins got his first MLB hit, a single, on Aug. 13, 2017, and hit his first two MLB home runs the following day. On Aug. 25, he became the fastest Major League player to hit nine home runs since his debut, hitting nine in 16 games with 54 at-bats. He became the fastest player to hit 10 career home runs the next day, doing so in only 17 games. The next day, he became the fastest player to hit 11 home runs and did so in only 18 games with 64 at-bats. By doing all that, Hoskins tied a Phillies record by hitting a home run in five consecutive games.

Hoskins finished his first season with 18 homers and 48 RBIs and then hit 34 bombs with 96 RBIs in 2018. Last year, he played a career-high 160 games and batted just .226 but had 29 homers with 85 RBIs and 116 walks. Hoskins was the youngest Phillie to ever finish a season with more than 115 walks.

He became just the third Phillies player ever with at least 29 home runs and 116 walks in a single season and the first since Bobby Abreu in 2004 – Mike Schmidt also accomplished the feat twice, in 1979 and 1983. Over the last two seasons, only three other major league players have reached 29 home runs and 116 walks in the same season – Alex Bregman (2019), Bryce Harper (2018) and Mike Trout (2018). Since Hoskins’ debut on Aug. 10, 2017, he is one of only two players in baseball with 80 home runs and 240 walks, the other being Trout.

On April 6 vs. the Twins last year, Hoskins got his 100th career extra-base hit in his 210th MLB game. Among players to debut since 1900, that was tied for the fifth-fewest games to 100 XBH as a member of the Phillies (also: George Harper), trailing only Chuck Klein (182 G), Jim Thome (194 G), Dick Allen (206 G) and Lefty O’Doul (209 G).

Hoskins also reached 20 2B, 20 HR and 75 BB in his first 97 games of the season; the only Phillie to do so faster to start a season was Abreu in 2004 (91 games). Hoskins was the first Phillies player with 20 HR before the All-Star break since 2013 (Domonic Brown); it was the 23rd time in franchise history a player did so. Hoskins also was the first Phillie with at least 20 HR and 65 walks prior to the All-Star break since 2008 (Pat Burrell).

In August, Hoskins walked 24 times in 27 games, and those 24 walks were his most ever in a single calendar month. He was the first Phillie with that many walks or more in August since Lenny Dykstra in 1993 (26 BB).

In addition, Rhys Hoskins became just one of only five players in franchise history to post a .900 OPS or higher through 1,000 career plate appearances, joining Chuck Klein (1.043), Ryan Howard (1.025), Dick Allen (.949) and Lefty O’Doul (.934). Hoskins also became the first player in franchise history with at least 60 HR and 145 walks through 1,000 career plate appearances.

Hoskins is dangerous with two strikes as he has hit at least 10 homers with a two-strike count in each of his first three season. He’s the first Phillie to do so in 3 straight seasons since Jayson Werth (2008-10).

Over the offseason, Hoskins adjusted his setup, lowering his hands and relaxing his arms while opening up his batting stance a bit. That’s because Hoskins hit five fewer home runs in 45 more plate appearances in 2019 than he had in 2018. His slugging percentage dipped from .496 to .454. And while he led the National League with those 116 walks, he also struck out 173 times and hit just the .226.

Patrick Corbin MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

The best No. 3 starter in the major leagues? A case can certainly be made for Nationals lefty Patrick Corbin, who sits behind Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in that rotation. Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on Corbin’s 2020 MLB season – assuming there is one – and an overview.

Patrick Corbin MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

Corbin isn’t a household name like Scherzer and Strasburg, but he ranks seventh in WAR among starting pitchers over the past two seasons.

In December 2018, Corbin left the Arizona Diamondbacks in free agency for a six-year, $140 million deal with the Washington Nationals. The Nats somewhat came out of nowhere to sign him as starting pitching didn’t seem like a huge need because the team already had Scherzer Strasburg. But Nats GM Mike Rizzo emphasizes pitching.

“That’s how we’ve won,” Rizzo said then. “When we put our guy on the mound [and he], each day, gives us a chance to win, you’ve created yourself a chance to have a really good ballclub and play deep into October. That’s our philosophy. There’s different ways to do this. We’ve seen the ‘bullpenning’ and that type of thing in playoff baseball, and that’s fine. But for the marathon that is the season, you better have some starters that you can run out there and give you a chance to win each and every day, and that’s what we’ve always tried to do here.”

Of course, Rizzo would be proven correct with the Nats winning the 2019 World Series. Corbin fired three shutout innings in relief to help the Nationals win Game 7 of the Fall Classic vs. Houston. Earlier in the playoffs, Corbin became already the first pitcher in MLB history to make three starts and four relief appearances in the same postseason. In Game 4 of the NLCS vs. St. Louis, Corbin struck out 12 batters over five innings as Washington swept. Corbin became the first pitcher in MLB history to tally 10 strikeouts through four innings in a postseason game.

In the 2019 regular season, Corbin was 14-7 with a 3.25 ERA. He held opposing left-handed batters to a .248 slugging percentage (2 2B, 2 HR) and .190 average (24-for125), the best marks among MLB left-handed starting pitchers. He threw his slider 37.1% of the time in 2019, an average of 37 per start (most: 51 on 5/4 at PHI and 7/19 at ATL). A total of 161 of his 238 strikeouts were via the slider, the most in MLB in 2019.

Corbin generated 342 swings and misses with the slider, the most of any pitcher (Detroit’s Matthew Boyd, 2nd/231). In 16 home starts during the year, he was 8-2 with a 2.40 ERA with 125 strikeouts. Corbin gave up two earned runs or less in 13 of the 16 starts. His 2.40 ERA at home ranked sixth in Major League Baseball.

Patrick Corbin tossed exactly 7.0 innings in four consecutive starts from June 19-July 7. Over that stretch he allowed one earned run or less in all four starts. It was his longest career streak of at least 7.0 innings and one earned run allowed or less.

Corbin’s slider is unusual in that it’s not a power slider as you usually see from a guy with above-average velocity. In some ways, it acts more like a curveball: above-average movement with below-average velocity. Corbin said the key is that it looks like his fastball coming out of his hand.

Sonny Gray MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

Sonny Gray’s career was rejuvenated with a trade from the Yankees to Cincinnati before last season, and the right-hander is now a legitimate Cy Young candidate. Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on Gray’s 2020 MLB season – assuming there is one — and an overview.

Sonny Gray MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

Some guys just aren’t suited to pitch in New York with all the pressure involved. Right-hander Sonny Gray clearly was one such guy. Gray was a celebrated acquisition from the Athletics in July 2017, when he was obtained with international bonus slot money in exchange for prospects James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo and Dustin Fowler, but Gray endured a bumpy tenure in pinstripes.

In 41 games (34 starts) over his 1 1/2 seasons in New York, Gray compiled a record of 15-16 with a 4.51 ERA and did not appear on the roster for the 2018 American League Division Series against the Red Sox. Gray struggled in particular at Yankee Stadium, where he owned a 6.35 ERA in 95 career innings.

So, in January 2019 Gray was traded to the Cincinnati Reds and signed a three-year, $30.5 million extension covering 2020-22, with a club option for ’23.

Great trade for the Reds. In his first season with the Reds, Gray was a National League All-Star and Luis Castillo as the first Reds starting pitchers named to the All-Star team since Johnny Cueto and Alfredo Simon in 2014.

Gray enters the 2020 season with an active streak of 33 consecutive starts, beginning 8/25/18 and including all 31 starts in 2019, without allowing more than 6 hits. That is the longest such streak in Major League history, excluding “openers”. Gray and Houston’s Justin Verlander were the only pitchers in the Major Leagues last year to make at least 30 starts and allow no more than 4 runs in any of those starts.

Gray ranked among the National League leaders in ERA (2.87, 5th), opponents’ BA (.196, 2nd), fewest hits per 9 IP (6.26, 2nd), most strikeouts per 9 IP (10.52, 10th), fewest walks/hits per inning (1.08, 8th), road ERA (2.71, 3rd) and night ERA (2.78, 3rd). He established a career high in strikeouts (205) and produced at least 30 starts for the third time in his career.

Gray had the lowest ERA ever by a Reds pitcher for the month of August at 0.74 in six starts and became just the fifth Reds pitcher ever to make at least 3 consecutive scoreless starts (18ip, 7h, 11bb, 24k), the first since Tom Browning in June 1989. In his last 15 starts of the season, Gray was 8-3 with a 1.99 ERA with 13 quality starts and 5 times was the victim of blown saves. Over that span, he ranked fourth among all MLB starting pitchers in ERA (Jack Flaherty 1.22, Gerrit Cole 1.64, Jacob deGrom 1.68). In his last 9 starts at home, Gray went 7-1 with a 2.39 ERA.

Gray reported no issues during his early spring sessions this year after he underwent surgery in late September to remove bone chips from his right elbow. He pitched with them all season.

“It was hard to think that he wasn’t completely healthy last year, based on the kind of year he had,” manager David Bell said. “He’s definitely confident coming off of last season. It’s just a mindset knowing that he’s healthy and you had something taken out of his elbow. It has freed him up even more not only with mechanics but his mentality.”

Gray allowed four runs with an 8/3 K/BB ratio across seven innings in the Cactus League before spring training was shut down. Gray only threw seven innings as he was just a tad behind his teammates because of his offseason elbow surgery.

Masahiro Tanaka MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

The New York Yankees already have lost Luis Severino for the 2020 season due to injury, so the AL favorites really need new No. 2 Masahiro Tanaka to stay healthy. Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on Tanaka’s 2020 MLB season – assuming there is one — and an overview.

Masahiro Tanaka MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

Back in February, projected No. 2 Yankees starter Luis Severino learned he needed season-ending Tommy John surgery. He was limited to just three regular-season starts last year by injuries to his rotator cuff and lat muscle, and his arm issues date back to the 2019 ALCS, when he mentioned discomfort in his right forearm while receiving routine treatment following a Game 3 start against Houston.

That’s a big loss as from 2017-18, Severino went 33-14 with a 3.18 ERA and averaged 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings across those two seasons, placing in the top 10 in AL Cy Young Award voting after each campaign.

Also keep in mind that Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German, who led the team with 18 wins last year, is suspended 63 more games for a 2019 off-field issue.

So, while the Yankees did sign superstar pitcher Gerrit Cole this offseason, their depth is limited and they need Tanaka to avoid the injured list. Last year in 182 innings, the Japanese right-hander was just OK, going 11-9 with a 4.45 ERA; the ERA was the second-worst of his MLB career.

Tanaka allowed two earned runs -or-fewer in 17-of-31 starts and one earned run-or-fewer in 11-of-31. He tossed at least 6.0 innings and allowed 2ER-or-fewer in 15 starts in 2019, second-most by a Yankee since 2017, trailing only Severino’s 18 such starts in 2017.

Tanaka threw his fourth career complete game shutout on June 17, 2019, vs. the Rays, earning the win (2H, 1BB, 10K). He is one of three pitchers since 2017 to record three complete-game shutouts, joining Corey Kluber and Ervin Santana.

Also, Tanaka’s four career Opening Day starts are the most ever by a Japanese pitcher, surpassing Hideo Nomo (three). Tanaka’s 947 strikeouts are the most by a Yankees pitcher through his first six Major League seasons and the most by any Yankee through his first 164 career games. He is the fourth Japanese pitcher to reach 900K.

Tanaka loves playing at Yankee Stadium as he went 8-3 with a 3.10 ERA (98.2IP, 34ER) in a career-high 16 starts at home in 2019. He has allowed 2ER-or-fewer in 14 of his last 19 home starts and is 10-3 with a 3.11 ERA (115.2IP, 40ER) with 21BB and 102K in that span. Tanaka is 42-20 (.677) with a 3.36 ERA (516.2IP, 193ER) and 510K in 82 career starts at home, the highest winning percentage at the current Yankee Stadium among pitchers with at least 20 decisions.

His .677 winning percentage at Yankee Stadium is the third-highest among active pitchers (min. 50 decisions) at any ballpark, behind Max Scherzer (47- 13, .783 at Comerica Park) and Clayton Kershaw (93-36, .721 at Dodger Stadium).

In the playoffs, Tanaka was dominant in a victory over the Twins in Game 2 of the ALDS, racking up seven strikeouts over five innings of one-run baseball. The veteran right-hander scattered just three hits and a walk in the contest. He was also great in a win over the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS, allowing just one hit and one walk over six shutout innings.

However, Masahiro Tanaka yielded four runs — three earned — in five-plus innings in a Game 4 loss to the Astros. It was the first time in eight career postseason starts that Tanaka has allowed more than two runs. He fell to 5-3 with a 1.76 ERA in October. All of his losses have come to the Astros.

After the postseason, Tanaka underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow but he was ready for spring training. He is under contract for $23 million in 2020 with free agency looming in 2021. Tanaka left the USA for Japan during the coronavirus pandemic.

Blake Snell MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell was a breakout star in the 2018 season, but his 2019 campaign was hampered by injury. What to expect this year for the Rays lefty? Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on Snell’s 2020 MLB season – assuming there is one – and an overview.

Blake Snell MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

In 2018, Snell came from somewhat off the radar to win the AL Cy Young, joining David Price as the Rays’ only winner of that award in franchise history. It was well-deserved for Snell, no question, as he led all qualified AL starters in wins (21), ERA (1.89) and hits allowed per nine innings (5.6) while striking out 221 across 180 2/3 innings pitched.

Snell’s 1.89 ERA marked the fifth lowest single-season mark for a left-hander since the mound was lowered in 1969, and it is third lowest by an AL starter since the designated hitter was implemented in 1973. It was the lowest mark by a qualified AL starter since Pedro Martinez pitched to a 1.74 ERA in 2000. Snell also led all qualified lefty starters in batting average against (.176), opponent slugging (.277), winning percentage (.808) and WHIP (0.98). Snell went 9-0 with a 1.17 ERA in his final 11 starts of the season.

Entering that season, Snell, a one-time top prospect, had been just 8-15 with a 3.83 career ERA across parts of two big league seasons. The Rays selected Snell in the first round of the 2011 draft out of high school and he made his major league debut in 2016.

Obviously, expectations were high entering last year and Snell agreed to a five-year, $50 million extension in the spring of 2019 but injuries got the best of him. He was limited to 23 starts and was 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA. He missed more than six weeks because of bone chips in his throwing elbow that required surgery last July.

“I was just so upset,” Snell said at the time. “I feel like this whole season has been that way. I struggled a little bit, then got it going and then broke my toe, then struggled a little bit, then got it going and then this injury happened. It’s just upsetting. Every time I found my groove and felt like I was about to get going, something got in the way. It’s just very frustrating.”

Even missing time, Snell’s 12.36 strikeouts per nine innings ranked 4th in the majors. A total of 17.7 pct. of his pitches were swings-and-misses, the highest mark in the majors. His average fastball velocity was 95.6 mph, 2nd in the AL.

Snell was activated late in the regular season and then made two appearances in the ALDS vs. the Houston Astros. He pitched well in a losing effort against the Astros in Game 2 of the ALDS, allowing one run on four hits over 3 1/3 innings. Snell struck out five and didn’t walk a batter — throwing 35 of his 58 pitches for strikes. The only damage done against him came on a solo shot off the bat of Alex Bregman in the fourth inning.

In Game 4, Blake Snell secured a two-out save. Snell, who had never earned a save in his career, was called upon with runners on first and third and one out in the top of the ninth inning. He whiffed Yordan Alvarez before inducing a game-ending groundout from Yuli Gurriel, throwing just eight total pitches. Alas, the Rays lost Game 5 and the season was over.

This spring, there was some concern as Snell got a cortisone shot in his left elbow after feeling pain. After taking a couple of weeks off from pitching he was able to make an appearance against the Blue Jays on March 9. He walked four of the five batters. Snell told reporters he believes he would have been ready to start the season on the active roster even if Opening Day had not been delayed, but now he clearly should be.

Corey Kluber MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

Not often a two-time Cy Young Award winner gets traded, but that was the case for Corey Kluber this offseason as he was shipped from Cleveland to Texas. Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on Kluber’s 2020 MLB season – assuming there is one – and an overview.

Corey Kluber MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

The Indians are crying poor these days, and that’s why they shipped out Kluber to Texas in return for outfielder Delino DeShields and right-handed reliever Emmanuel Clase. Kluber is due $17.5 million this year and has a club option for $18 million with a $1 million buyout for 2021.

There was uncertainty as to whether the Tribe would be able to get someone to match its asking price for a hurler who spent the majority of the 2019 season on the injured list.

Last season, Clase made 21 appearances for the Rangers and posted a 2.31 ERA with 21 strikeouts, two homers, six walks and a 1.114 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings. In 2019 DeShields hit .249 with a .672 OPS, four homers, 32 RBIs, 15 doubles, four triples and 24 stolen bases.

Indians president Chris Antonetti said he received calls from numerous teams with interest in Kluber. But the offer from Texas made the most sense for Cleveland because it included players who can have an immediate impact and “help us be a better team in 2020.”

Kluber won his first Cy Young in 2014, when he went 18-9, and added No. 2 in 2017 after going 18-4 and leading the AL with a 2.25 ERA. He was one of MLB’s most dominant pitchers from 2014-18, winning 18+ games four times, including a career best 20 victories in 2018. He posted at least 200.0 innings in all 5 years, a span in which he averaged 17 wins, 32 starts, 218.0 innings, and 246 strikeouts. Kluber owns a career 98- 58 record with a 3.16 ERA, 1.086 WHIP, and 9.8 strikeouts per 9.0 IP over a 9-year MLB career.

However, he was a disaster for seven starts in 2019 (2-3, 5.80 ERA) before a line drive off the bat of Brian Anderson fractured his forearm. Kluber then strained his left oblique muscle during a minor league rehab start on 8/18

Even before the injuries, Kluber wasn’t right, with hitters making higher-quality contact and putting the ball in the air against him at a greater rate than they had in any previous season. His velocity has dropped across the board over the last five years. Kluber’s 91.6 MPH average fastball velocity last year was the lowest of his career. He also had a 36.6% hard contact rate. From 2011-2017, Kluber’s hard contact rate was just 27.4%. He’s allowed hard contact on nearly 10% more batted balls over the last two seasons than the first seven of his career.

Kluber excelled in his second Cactus League start this spring before things were shut down, allowing just one run on two hits over four innings against the Padres. The veteran right-hander walked two and struck out two on the evening.

“The way I would judge a spring training start is how well I’m able to execute pitches, get the ball where I want, avoid hard contact, which I think I did pretty well for the most part,” he said.

Corey Kluber had a 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 6/4 K/BB ratio through his first seven innings on the spring. He can still be an ace at his age. Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander have continued to thrive into their mid-30s, and the last time we saw Kluber healthy for a full year, he wasn’t far behind.

Mike Clevinger MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

Can Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger stay healthy this season? He couldn’t for all of in 2019 and the Tribe absolutely need him to for any shot at a pennant in 2020.  Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on Clevinger’s 2020 MLB season – assuming there is one – and an overview.

Mike Clevinger MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

MLB’s shutdown actually helped new Indians ace Mike Clevinger because he had knee surgery in mid-February and was to miss 6-8 weeks so he clearly wasn’t going to be ready for the original Opening Day. Clevinger suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee while working out at the team’s training complex in Goodyear, Arizona.

“He was doing some drills,” manager Terry Francona said before Clevinger had the procedure. “He felt something. We took him to the training room. Then we let him go home to see how he feels. I think our trainers were a little nervous at the outset that this has meniscus written all over it. He was pretty sore so they got him an MRI.”

The 29-year-old is set to enter his fifth MLB season, and he is expected to be the ace of Cleveland’s staff after the organization traded Corey Kluber to the Texas Rangers during the offseason. Clevinger is among the most underrated pitchers in baseball, as he has posted an ERA of 3.11 or better in each of the past three seasons.

Last season, Clevinger went 13-4 with a career-best 2.71 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 169 strikeouts in 126 innings. If not for back and ankle injuries limiting him to just 21 starts. He probably would have gotten some Cy Young consideration if not for the injuries.

Before a loss at Washington in the season finale last year, Clevinger had logged a career-high 18.0 straight scoreless innings. He also had won each of his last 8 road starts, tied for the second-longest run in franchise history (since 1908) behind Bob Lemon (Sept. 3, 1946-May 7, 1948) and Addie Joss (Sept. 14, 1908-July 31, 1909) with 11, and the longest streak in the Majors since the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta won 9 from Oct. 2, 2015-June 27, 2016.

Over his last 15 starts dating back to July 3 before that finale, Clevinger was 12-1 with a 1.76 ERA (20ER/102.0IP), 25 walks and 134 strikeouts. He had the most wins in the Majors over that stretch, and ranked 3rd in strikeouts and 4th in ERA.

Right-handed batters have hit just .195 against Clevinger since the start of 2017, the best mark in the American League (min. 200.0IP) and 4th-best mark in the Majors in that stretch behind the LA Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda (.193), Washington’s Max Scherzer (.170) and the Chicago Cubs’ Yu Darvish (.188).

Clevinger struck out 10-or-more batters in each of his first two starts of 2019, becoming the 6th Cleveland starter to strike out 10+ in consecutive starts to begin a season since 1908 and the first since Danny Salazar in 2015. Clevinger had 7 double-digit strikeout performances in 2019. Batters hit just .205 off him with runners in scoring position.

Clevinger owned the 3rd-highest swing-and-miss rate in the Majors on his four-seam fastball (min. 400 pitches) last season at 30.8 percent behind Houston’s Gerrit Cole (37.2) and Justin Verlander (31.1), while his 50.4 percent swing-and-miss rate on his slider was the 4th-best mark in the Majors (min. 200 pitches) behind Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson (52.6) and Washington’s Patrick Corbin (52.0) and Max Scherzer (50.8).

Clevinger’s fastball got a significant velocity spike last season (from 93.6 mph in 2018 to 95.5 mph last year). Clevinger complements his fastball with a wipeout slider that posted a 38.6% chase rate in 2019. He also features a passable curve (33.7% chase rate) and changeup (33.8% chase)

Clevinger is one of the game’s more valuable pitching commodities, as he’s just entering his first of three arbitration-eligible seasons and earn just $4.1 million this year. The Angels showed trade interest in Clevinger this spring with the Indians reportedly responding by asking about elite prospect Jo Adell. That was a non-starter.