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2020 World Series Odds: Favourites Entering Spring Training

by OddsShark (@OddsShark) – Sponsored Post The long-awaited Mookie Betts trade has created a significant ripple on the 2020 World Series odds just days ahead of pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. With the Los Angeles Dodgers’ acquisition of the superstar outfielder from the Boston Red Sox, the Dodgers and New York Yankees are…

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The Shapkins Defender – Looking Back to Look Forward

Welcome to The Shapkins Defender, where I inhale your toxic screeds and spit out the fresh oxygen of optimism, like a tree that kind of understands WAR. (Just don’t ask me to explain it.) Spring training is finally arriving this week. (Well, the part with the stretching and jogging and whatnot.  The actual games are…

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Report: Blue Jays sign RHP Jake Petricka to MiLB deal

According to Robert Murray (formerly of The Athletic), the Blue Jays have signed reliever Jake Petricka to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi confirmed Murray’s report, adding that Petricka will make $950,000 should he crack the major league roster. Scott Mitchell of TSN reports that Petricka can earn up…

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Guerrero and Shaw: The launch angle outliers

On the surface, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Travis Shaw have little in common. Two hitters at two completely different points in their careers, on opposite sides of the diamond (although Guerrero’s future is arguably at the first base position). As dissimilar as they are, both Vladdy and Shaw struggled mightily at the plate in 2019,…