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First To Third: Ohtani Injury Opens Door & Frankie Montas Is Elite

First To Third: Ohtani Injury Opens Door & Frankie Montas Is Elite

1. All-Star Voting Is Open

It may not mean much from a betting perspective, but the 2018 MLB all-star game is open for fan voting, although it’s been such a topic of debate on who should choose the players between fans or coaches/players themselves. The Braves, actually currently lead right now with three players currently starting for the NL-All star team with Nick Markakis, Ozzie Albies, and Freddie Freeman. The other NL starters include Buster Posey, Nolan Arenado, Brandon Crawford, Matt Kemp, and Bryce Harper. If you’d like to place a vote for your favorite player, click below. The AL team will be announced later this week.

https://www.mlb.com/all-star/ballot

2. Shohei Ohtani’s Injury Went From Bad To Worse

In what initially looked to be a UCL sprain, the latest news out of Angels camp is much, much more troublesome as it looks as if Ohtani could be headed for Tommy John surgery and could miss time until the 2020 season.

From MLB.com:

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Monday spoke to Angels general manager Billy Eppler, who said, “There have been no changes in [Shohei] Ohtani’s diagnosis and neither our physicians nor medical staff have recommended [Tommy John surgery] or said it’s likely.”

On Sunday night, ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported on SportsCenter that Ohtani will “probably” need elbow surgery, which would force Ohtani to miss the rest of the season and likely keep him off the mound for all of 2019, though it’s possible he could return to serve as a designated hitter sooner than that, as the timetable for hitters returning from the procedure is shorter than it is for pitchers. 

What this means, is that the leading horse has now probably been cut off the AL-Rookie Of The Year voting, clearing the way for Gleybar Torres. If your books offer progressive odds, jump on is price, unfortunately, Vegas does not.

Gleybar Torres To win AL ROY.

3. Frankie Montas Is The Real Deal

If you liked what Anthony DeSclafani did last night as one of my overlooked pitchers, take a look at the stats of Frankie Montas. Coming into his last start he had allowed one earned run in over sixteen innings pitched, and now his season-long stat line looks like this:

frankie-montas-stats

Oakland’s offense is a bit putrid outside of some pop, so he’s a great F5 ML and F5 under bet, get onboard.

A jack of all trades, Christian got his start in the gambling industry using a model to predict players performance in daily fantasy sports. Eventually, he used that same model to cross over into NFL handicapping, specifically the prop market and honed his craft enough to cross over from player projections into every aspect of sports Handicapping. He then made the full time move to Las Vegas to become a professional sports handicapper, utilizing his knowledge of all sports including NFL, NCAA, NBA, UFC, and MLB. He's currently the resident #DFS expert on The Sports Gambling Podcast as well as managing editor.

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