The Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to activate All-Star outfielder and 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen off the disabled list on Tuesday, and the guy is good enough to help push the Pirates into the postseason for the second straight year. Frankly, he's probably the most important player to his team in all of the major leagues.
Out Of NL MVP Race Now
McCutchen has been sidelined since Aug. 5 with a fractured rib and cartilage injury in his left side. He was the baseball betting favorite to win the NL MVP again but now has fallen off that list. It figures to be a two-man race between Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. McCutchen this season is following up his stellar 2013 with similar strong numbers. He's batting .311 with a career-best (and MLB-leading) OPS+ of 166. He's also tallied 17 homers and 17 stolen bases in 18 attempts. He leads the NL with 68 walks.
In his absence Pittsburgh has shifted Starling Marte from left field to center field and used Travis Snider as the primary left fielder. And the Pirates have gone 5-8 without McCutchen in the lineup, including five consecutive losses. The Pirates entered play Monday 5.5 games out of first in the NL Central and 1.5 games out of the second wild-card spot.
Liriano Vs. Harang
The Pirates host Atlanta on Tuesday and opened as -136 favorites behind lefty Francisco Liriano. His 3-9 record is quite misleading as he has managed a win in only two of his eight quality starts. Has twice as many strikeouts (57) as hits allowed (28) in his last nine starts, covering 50 innings. Atlanta starts Aaron Harang. He has allowed more than four earned runs in just three of his 25 starts. Two of these starts, including his most recent, were completed in afternoon games. He has a 4.25 ERA in 13 starts at PNC Park.
Category : Betting Picks
The final numbered UFC card of the year is upon us and it serves up a banger of a main event between Charles Oliveira and the number one contender Dustin Poirier for the lightweight championship of the world.
Live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 11th the two top-ranked 155-pounders in the world will go head-to-head in a five-round bout to crown the undisputed champion of the UFC's lightweight division.
We'll take a look at the betting odds for the bout and see what picks we can find to earn you some hard-earned cash for the holidays.
The NHL has served up some great entertainment so far this season and we continue with a host of fixtures tonight including the New Jersey Devils hosting the San Jose Sharks live from the Prudential Centre.
We'll also see the St Louis Blues taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Scottrade Centre.
We'll preview both of these games and provide you with the best betting picks we can find to try and earn you some cash for the holiday season.
The 2021 MLS Cup is preparing to begin and there are set to be 14 teams competing for the honor of being crowned champions at the end of a long season. But who is likely to be involved in the running for the title? Let's take a look at the betting picks.
The 2021 Major League Baseball season has come to an end and the Atlanta Braves have been crowned World Series champions for the first time since 1995.
A 7-0 win over the Houston Astros meant they earned a 4-2 series win to claim the championship, with Jorge Soler claiming the series MVP award in the process.
With the off-season now upon us though, we've taken a look at the early odds for the 2022 season which is currently scheduled to start on March 31st 2022 to take a look at any value in the initial odds that we could possibly find.