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the other co-third choice at +500

Postautor: elaine95 » 21 lis 2018, o 05:07

MINNEAPOLIS — Stephen Gonsalves’ major league debut didn’t go nearly the way he imagined it. The young left-hander allowed four runs on six hits while needing 55 pitches to get through just 1 1/3 innings on Monday against the Chicago White Sox.He’ll get another chance to show why he was considered the Minnesota Twins‘ No. 5 prospect Saturday when he takes the mound again Mike Marjama Jersey , this time against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field.Article continues below ...“As much as I think he’s got a pretty cool, calm demeanor, there was obviously an effect of being here for the first time in a major-league game, and not spring training,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said of Gonsalves’ nightmarish debut. “That’s not necessarily a bad thing or a knock, it’s just kind of the reality of it sinking in. You’re out there and you’ve got a lot of time to think and you look up and see your parents and your fiancée, in a big-league stadium.“That’s my take on it, I think it affected him. The command issues that were hampering him a little bit earlier had been kind of cleaned up , and he had been doing really well with all his pitches, and last night, we didn’t see that.”Gonsalves (0-1, 27.00 ERA) admitted that nerves were a factor in his first outing.“It’s been my childhood dream to get here,” Gonsalves said. “The fact I can call myself a big-league pitcher is unbelievable. All the bullpen guys, I put a little stress on them. But they all came up to me and said it’s still a big deal.“My whole first inning, the back leg was shaking. By the second inning, I was fine.”He’ll need to be a little bit better than “fine” against the A’s. Oakland has been one of the hottest teams in baseball since the All-Star break and comes into Game 3 of this four-game set looking to gain ground on the AL West-leading Houston Astros.The A’s had dropped two straight games — their first consecutive losses since late July — before snapping that slump behind Matt Chapman’s three-run homer Friday night.Oakland goes into Saturday’s contest 1 1/2 games back of Houston in the divisional race but up four on Seattle for the second AL wild-card spot. Mike Fiers (9-6 Edwin Diaz Jersey , 3.21) has been a key part of the A’s surge, and he will start Saturday’s game. The veteran right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA in three starts since he was acquired by Oakland and is coming off his best performance of the season. He held the Rangers to one hit over seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts in a 9-0 victory on Monday.He needed 46 pitches to get through his first two innings but cruised through his final five frames, tossing just 54.“How he turned it around, throwing as many pitches as he did early on,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “It didn’t look like he had command of really anything, then he and (catcher Jonathan Lucroy) were discussing things on the bench and I think (Lucroy) pointed out he was a little offline, and all of a sudden it was a quick fix. It’s what batterymates will do for each other. After that, he was fantastic.”Fiers is 5-1 with a 3.06 ERA in nine career appearances (eight starts) against Minnesota , but has not faced the Twins this season. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty ImagesThe Houston Astros may not have the best record in baseball, but they have the confidence that they match up well with any team, including the MLB-leading Boston Red Sox, who lost to the Astros last year en route to their World Series title.The Astros defeated the Red Sox 3-1 in last year's American League Division Series, and they are the top two favorites to win it all this season on the 2018 World Series odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.Houston and Boston seem to be on a collision course for a rematch in the AL Championship Series at +425 (bet $100 to win $425) and +475 to win the World Series, respectively, but both of them must still find a way to get past a few other top contenders in their league this year first.The New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners are the three teams to watch the rest of the way in the AL that could challenge the Astros and Red Sox James Paxton Jersey , although only two of them have any real value to win the World Series right now.The Indians own the biggest division lead of any team in the AL, and they are listed at +1400 to win the World Series. The Yankees are a near-lock to finish as the top Wild Card team at worst, and they are the +500 co-third choice to win it all, providing little value at this point. The Mariners are +2500 as the likely second Wild Card team.Meanwhile, the National League's best team looks to be the Los Angeles Dodgers after they traded for slugger Manny Machado. The Dodgers are the other co-third choice at +500 on the odds to win the World Series as the NL West leaders and defending league champs.Los Angeles has faced the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS each of the past two years, and they could meet again this postseason. The Cubs are the fifth choice to win their second World Series in three years at +650 but will need to solve some pitching issues ahead of next Tuesday's MLB trade deadline if they are going to be considered a serious threat again. 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