An in-depth look at the Toronto Blue Jays’ postseason hopes with the regular season about to come to an end.
Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh: Reds Seek Sweep of Pirates at PNC Park
Return of Joey Votto & Jay Bruce helps revive the Reds
After posting a mediocre 15-17 record with Bruce and Votto out with injuries, the Reds have gone 6-1 with both players back in the lineup. The white hot bat of Billy Hamilton, who is 11 for 19 over his last four games, has also helped. Cincinnati owns a 7-2 season series led over the Pirates and they have won five straight at PNC Park. Reds starter RHP Homer Baily (7-3 ERA 4.68) won’t be phased by this road start as he is 5-1 with a miniscule 1.60 ERA during seven career starts in the Steel City – including three complete games.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Slow season start continues to haunt the Buccos
After raising the Jolly Roger a lot during their 94-68 run last year, a 12-20 start to the 2014 MLB season dug a hole that Pittsburgh continues to try to climb out of. Following an 8-6 win over Miami on Saturday, the Pirates had finally clawed back to a .500 record but they have now dropped three straight and sit with a 34-37 mark. LHP Jeff Locke (0-1 ERA 3.98) makes his fourth start of the season and he’s fresh off a solid outing versus Miami last Friday where he went seven innings and gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out seven.
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This is the biggest middleweight championship fight in nearly a decade as the king, Israel Adesanya takes on fellow undefeated striker Paulo Costa. There is no shortage of bad blood between the two and combined with the small cage, the stakes couldn’t be any higher. Co-headlining are Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz fighting for the vacant light heavyweight belt. Let’s break down the UFC 253 odds.
The betting odds don’t get any better than this for the main event in UFC 252. Two-time champion Stipe Miocic, who is 1-1 against former champion Daniel Cormier and defends his heavyweight belt against him in their trilogy match on Aug. 15, offers the exact same odds (-110) as his rival in a mixed martial arts event which will be held at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.