This Week’s Baseball Betting Rumors

Posted by Mila Anderson on Monday,August 17, 2015 2:54, EDT in

With the playoffs getting close, it’s crunch time for some teams who need to catch fire if they are going to snag one of the wild card slots in their respective leagues. Here are some of the baseball betting rumors that are moving around.

The Detroit Tigers shocked baseball by firing general manager Dave Dombrowski last week. Manager Brad Ausmus is still in place, and he says he’s not worried about getting fired. As poorly as the Tigers have played at different points this season, they are still only 4 1/2 games out of the second wild card in the American League. Ausmus says that he has a good relationship with his new GM, Al Avila, according to George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press. Avila has said that Ausmus will still be the Tigers’ manager through the end of the season but has not said anything about what will happen after 2015. So Ausmus feels good for now but does not know what the off-season will bring.

This Week’s Baseball Betting Rumors



Cole Hamels is not lighting things up in the American League. He is 0-1 with the Texas Rangers and then missed a start due to a groin injury. He is expected to start Monday when the Rangers face the Seattle Mariners, as long as his Saturday bullpen session goes well, according to’s T.R. Sullivan.

It looks like the Miami Marlins are trying to shop Martin Prado, should he clear waivers. Joe Frisaro of has indicated that the Fish might be trying to work something out with the Yankees for their second baseman if the Yanks will overpay a bit. Prado hit .316 and swatted seven dingers for the Yanks before they traded him to Miami in a five-player trade last season, and now the Marlins are trying to send him back.

Another possible waiver trade would send Chase Utley from the Phillies to the San Francisco Giants, reports the San Jose Mercury News’ Andrew Baggarly. Utley lives in Sausalito, California, during the off-season, and his wife hails from the Bay Area. This would take away one of the last pieces from that great Phillies World Series team in 2008.

Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion has missed four games in a row this week, all due to the knuckle on the middle finger of his left hand. The knuckle continues to interfere with his swing, reports the Toronto Sun’s Mike Rutsey. While Encarnacion has been hitting off a tee, he still has yet to take live batting practice this week.

The Mets are missing Lucas Duda to a back injury. Manager Terry Collins is reportedly concerned about his player’s back. According to Adam Rubin with, Duda could head to the disabled list if he can’t return to action this weekend.

The Blue Jays are still looking for help in their rotation and may turn righty Marcus Stroman into a starter down the stretch. He hurt his knee in the spring and threw off a pitcher’s mound for the first time this week. He could start a rehab assignment in the minors as early as August 21. His return is much earlier than the team had predicted.

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