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Tigers pick up Alex Avilas $5.4 million option
Avila has struggled following what looked like a breakout 2011 season, hitting just .229 with a .705 OPS in 342 games since then, and multiple concussions have put his future behind the plate in some question.
However, hes still just 28 years and, underwhelming as his recent production has been compared to his big 2011 campaign, his .705 OPS from 2012-2014 is still above average for MLB catchers.
MLB Rookie of the Year 20102010-08-19
There are two very distinct trends that have developed throughout the course of the 2010 MLB season. One that has captured the attention of the public is the resurgence of great pitching performances, with five no-hitters on year, which still has well over two months to go. Although many have taken to calling this season “The Year of the Pitcher,” it could just as easily be called “The Year of the Rookie.” There are many rookies who have established themselves as future superstars, making the Rookie of the Year voting even more difficult. Here’s an attempt to wade through all the superstar rookies and determine who the recipients of the award in each league should be.
National League: Although both leagues have an abundance of young talent, you would have to give the overall edge to the NL if comparing the two. Stephen Strasburg has gotten all the attention, but there is more depth than the casual fan would know.
Early in the year, it appeared as if Jason Heyward would run away with the award. He homered in his opening at-bat and was among the early league leaders in home runs. An injury stymied some of his early-season progress but he was voted in to the All-Star game and has regained his momentum, currently carrying a .276 average, 11 home runs, and 48 RBI. He has an incredibly bright future.
Buster Posey has absolutely dazzled since being called up to the Giants major-league club. He has an astounding .368 average to go along with 8 homers and 33 RBI in a mere 49 games. If he continues the pace he has begun, it’ll be difficult for voters to overlook him at the end of the season.
There are three rookie pitchers who have taken the National League by storm. Mike Leake is unique because he skipped the minor leagues altogether. He has shown that the immediate promotion was justified, starting 19 games and posting a 3.57 ERA to go along with seven wins and just two losses. Jaime Garcia has bettered Leake though; he has a 9-4 record and the lowest ERA of any rookie at 2.21. And then, of course, there is Strasburg. He has certainly not failed to live up to the hype and currently has a 5-2 record and 2.32 ERA. He has astounded many with his command and ability to get strikeouts seemingly at will; he already has 75 in just over 54 innings.
Although Heyward and Leake have had tremendous seasons, this looks to be a three-man race. Garcia has put up tremendous numbers but he doesn’t have the “wow’ factor that Strasburg does. It’s close between those two but I believe Strasburg will continue to only gain momentum, leaving it between him and Posey. Posey may play well the rest of the year but it’s simply too difficult for a rookie to stay near the torrid offensive pace he’s played at. It should be a very close vote but I expect Strasburg to prevail. Strasburg was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list, but if he is able to put up a few spectacular starts after his return, he’ll be tough to vote against. The line at www.sportsbook.com has Jason Heyward at +500 to win the Rookie of the Year for the NL. Could be a very interesting bet to make. He has amazing talent.
American League: The American League may not have the headliners of the National League but has some very good young players nonetheless.
Alfredo Simon has been a good relief pitcher for Baltimore, converting 14 of 16 opportunities and maintaining a 3.03 ERA.
Another solid rookie closer is Neftali Feliz. Although his 3.74 ERA is merely decent, he’s succeeded in 28 of 30 save opportunities and opponents are hitting a paltry .195 against him. The line at www.sportsbook.com agrees as Feliz is the leader according to their current lines at -125 to win the AL Rookie of the Year.
The two best rookies among AL position players are Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch, both of whom play for the Detroit Tigers. Jackson has proven himself as an outstanding everyday centerfielder, batting .316 and stealing 16 bases with his tremendous speed. Whereas Jackson is a speed player, Boesch has more power. He has already compiled 12 home runs and 51 RBI while maintaining a .310 average. Boesch was one of the biggest All-Star game snubs but he deserves this award as of now and it’s difficult to envision him getting snubbed again, despite his recent slump.
MLB: Angels and Red Sox look to rebound on Monday2010-05-03
As if things weren’t bad enough for the Boston Red Sox after their first losing April in 14 years, they were swept by the worst team in the majors to begin May. Coming off three straight losses to the Orioles, the Red Sox look to get it turned around starting on Monday. The Angels have similar aspirations though, having just been swept at Detroit. Sportsbook.com oddsmakers are siding with the BoSox, installing them as -160 favorites for the teams’ 7 PM ET start.
Even a return to Fenway Park is not as reassuring as it once was for Boston. The Red Sox hope their upcoming 10-game homestand brings better results than their last one - starting Monday night against the Angels, who eliminated Boston from the 2009 playoffs in their last appearance at Fenway.
Los Angeles has faced the Red Sox in an AL division series each of the last three years, and the Angels finally managed to beat Boston with a three-game sweep in October.
The Red Sox (11-14, -8.5 units) will need to climb out of an early hole if they hope to reach the playoffs again. Their first sub-.500 April since 1996 was sealed with Friday night’s 5-4 loss at Baltimore, where Boston then dropped two more over the weekend.
Following their 12-9 win over the Red Sox on Saturday night, the lowly Orioles completed the sweep with a 3-2, 10-inning victory Sunday, scoring the winning run off closer Jonathan Papelbon.
“A sweep’s a sweep. It’s frustrating for us, to go home like that,” starter Josh Beckett said. “We’ve got to go out and win games. It doesn’t matter what month it is.” The Red Sox are only 2-7 at home off a road trip of a week or more.
Boston only won four of 10 on its last homestand, slipping to 5-8 at Fenway. The team went 56-25 at home each of the last two years, the best home record in the majors in that stretch.
This season’s club has had problems in all areas. The Red Sox were held to seven hits Sunday, playing without cleanup hitter Kevin Youkilis (groin). Outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron are on the disabled list. Boston’s pitchers allowed 12 runs for the second time on the road trip Saturday, and the team made four errors in three games against Baltimore. “We’re going to have to regroup in a hurry and figure it out,” manager Terry Francona said.
The Angels (12-14, -3.7) are only one half-game ahead of Boston, but their chances of recovering are much better in the AL West. The Red Sox already trail Tampa Bay by seven games and the New York Yankees by 5 1/2.
Los Angeles, however, will also be trying to rebound from a sweep after beginning its 10-game trip with three straight losses at Detroit. The Angels were limited to four hits in a 5-1 defeat Sunday. It may not be much easier against Clay Buchholz, who has been an early bright spot for the Red Sox.
Buchholz (2-2, 2.19 ERA, 1.297 WHIP) turned in his best outing of the season Tuesday at Toronto, allowing one run in eight innings of a 2-1 victory. The Game 3 starter for Boston in last year’s playoffs, Buchholz held the Angels to two runs in five-plus innings and was in position for a victory until Papelbon blew the save in Los Angeles’ 7-6, series-clinching win.
Buchholz hasn’t found similar success against the Angels in the regular season, going 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA and is 5-13 (-12.9 Units) against the money line vs. teams who strand 6.9 or less runners on-base per game over the last three seasons. (Red Sox Record)
Los Angeles’ Joe Saunders is 4-1 with a 3.24 ERA in his career against Boston and 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA at Fenway, but the left-hander has gotten off to a rough start in 2010. Saunders (1-4, 5.74, 1.575) gave up three runs, nine hits and four walks in five innings of a 9-2 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday and the Halos are just 1-6 in his last seven starts as underdog.
Sportsbook.com has Boston as -160 ML choice with total at 9.5. The Red Sox are 11-4 when Buchholz is the starting hurler and is 6-2 OVER when he takes the ball. The Angels are 25-17 (+18.7 Units) as an underdog of +125 to +175 and is 13-3 UNDER vs. teams with losing record.
This is the ESPN Monday telecast which begins at 7:00 Eastern with Los Angeles 8-4 at Fenway since 2008.