Sports That Matters
August 1, 2019
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After the deal to acquire Zach Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Houston Astros moved to plus-275 to win the World Series tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the shortest odds, and plus-135 to win the American League, moving ahead of the New York Yankees at Caesars Sportsbook.
Before the trade, the Astros were plus-450 to win the World Series and plus-200 to win the AL; New York was plus-140.
Former Diamondback starter Zack Greinke is 10-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 23 starts this season. Greinke who won an AL Cy Young Award with the Kansas City Royals in 2009, was 197-122 with a 3.36 ERA in 16 major league seasons.
Giving Greinke up, the move instantly gets $53MM of Greinke’s large contract off the books, and adds even more young talent to a farm system already bolstered by a huge draft class.
The Astros sent right-hander Corbin Martin, right-hander J.B. Bukauskas, first baseman Seth Beer and infielder Josh Rojas to Arizona to complete the deal.
The Astros also acquired right-handers Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini and minor league outfielder Cal Stevenson from the Blue Jays, sending outfielder Derek Fisher to Toronto.
The starting rotation is nothing but spectacular with Justin Verlander, 14-4, 2.73 ERA, 196 strikeouts. Verlander has recorded at least 11 strikeouts in each of his last three starts, giving him 31 double-digit strikeout games in his career (six this season). He’s 4-0 with a 1.44 ERA in his last four starts and leads the Majors with a 0.81 WHIP on the year.
Gerrit Cole, 12-5, 2.94 ERA, 212 strikeouts. Cole has completed seven innings in five of his last six starts and has allowed one or fewer earned runs in seven of his last eight. He took a tough-luck loss against the Indians on April 25, despite allowing only two runs over seven innings.
Wade Miley, 9-4, 3.06 ERA, 106 strikeouts. Miley is throwing his change-up more this year and is working up in strike zone more, which is leading to more strikeouts. He’s 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA in his last five starts with 31 strikeouts in 26 innings. His 1.12 WHIP and 53.8 ground-ball percentage are career bests.
Major League Baseball Transactions from Spotrac
Traded to Colorado (COL) from Chicago (CHC) for international bonus pool
Released by Minnesota (MIN)
Claimed off waivers by Toronto (TOR)
Signed a minor league contract with Atlanta (ATL)
Traded to Philadelphia (PHI) from Pittsburgh (PIT) for international bonus money
Traded to Minnesota (MIN) from Milwaukee (MIL) for cash considerations
Traded to Washington (WSH) from Seattle (SEA) for Elvis Alvarado and Taylor Guilbeau
Released by Minnesota (MIN)
Traded to Tampa Bay (TB) from Los Angeles (LAD) for cash considerations
Traded to San Francisco (SF) from Cincinnati (CIN) for cash considerations
Traded to Philadelphia (PHI) from Baltimore (BAL) for future considerations
Traded to Colorado (COL) from New York (NYY) for Alfredo Garcia
Traded to Atlanta (ATL) from Arizona (ARI) for cash considerations