Today in Rumors, Gossip and MLB Betting News

Posted by Alex Murphy on Wednesday,July 15, 2015 10:03, EST in

Now that the American national pastime has taken its All-Star break, that doesn’t mean that MLB betting news and rumors that are always swirling around player movement and team roster changes have settled down at all. Here are the latest tidbits from the American League and the National League.

Today in Rumors, Gossip and MLB Betting News

 


 

The Texas Rangers have been waiting for some sustained good news for some time now. The team started off heading straight for the cellar of the American League West before roaring back to get within a couple games of the division leading Houston Astros. Now, though, the team is sliding back downward, six games out at the All-Star break, as the Angels have instead surged into the West lead.

Starting pitcher Martin Perez is finally expected to return from Tommy John surgery and make his first start since May 10, 2014, when the Rangers open the second half of the season against the division leaders. Perez’s rehab starts have not been as dominant as Perez’s results in 2013 and early 2014 were in the majors, though, as he has a 4.56 ERA in 25 2/3 innings in six starts. His last start saw him give up 12 hits and five runs over six innings for AAA Round Rock.

The Baltimore Orioles are on the outside edge of the American League playoff race, and given the fact that no team is running away in any of the three divisions means that the O’s are not ready to become sellers. That means that Chris Davis, who is about to become a free agent, is likely not going to be on the trade block as a late summer rental for another contender. The fact that Davis only has a .235 average this year and has struck out 110 times in 307 at-bats is tempered by the fact that he has hit 19 home runs (tied for the team lead) and leads all O’s with 52 RBIs. Becaue the rest of the Orioles’ lineup can be tepid in terms of production, the team feels like it needs Davis’ bat. If the O’s go into a free fall before July 31, things might turn out differently, but for now he will remain in Baltimore.

David Price, the ace in the Detroit Tigers rotation, has been the subject of trade rumors as well, given the fact that the team has only made it to the All-Star break with a .500 record. However, the same ambivalence that is keeping Chris Davis in Baltimore is also keeping Price in Detroit. Tigers’ owner Mike Ilitch is competitive and would rather keep spending money than dump salary in return for prospects. The fact that Justin Verlander still has yet to return to his pre-injury form but the Tigers are still hanging around .500 is encouraging to the front office. Injuries to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez also have the team reeling a bit, but when those players come back, the team could go on a run to the top of the American League Central and back into the playoffs.

One team that appears to be ready to sell is the Cincinnati Reds, beginning with their top-shelf starter Johnny Cueto. The Houston Astros are looking to address their recent slide by adding another top-tier pitcher to their rotation. The Astros already have American League All-Star starter Dallas Keuchel in their rotation, and adding Cueto could make the Astros a formidable postseason foe. At the break, the Astros sit 1/2 game back in the division behind the Los Angels Angels. However, adding Cueto could send the team back up into the division lead.

Sources
Wikipedia.org (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_John_surgery)
ESPN.com (http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/28958/david-price)