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<div id=”content_id”>One of Major League Baseball’s best surprises in 2018 http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-jonathan-schoop-jersey , the Oakland Athletics, secured a spot in the postseason following the Tampa Bay Rays’ 4-1 defeat to the New York Yankees on Monday.Oakland Athletics 馃尦馃悩鈿撅笍 AthleticsCLINCHED! #HeroTown is in the Postseason! 2nbQehnD42Coming off a 75-87 record last season, expectations for the A’s were modest. Their biggest offseason move was acquiring outfielder Stephen Piscotty in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals.The combination of a loaded bullpen, excellent defense and development from position players such as Matt Olson and Matt Chapman led to Oakland’s resurgence in the American League West.After falling to 36-36 with a 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on June 17, the A’s hit their stride and didn’t look back. They have gone58-26since that defeat and are still within striking distance of the Houston Astrosto win the division.Per FanGraphs’ Craig Edwards, All-Star closer Blake Treinen is having a historic season out of the Oakland bullpen:”The combination of Treinen’s good pitching and Oakland’s defense鈥攁nd, perhaps, a little bit of luck鈥攎eans that only four relievers have ever posted an ERA- lower than Treinen’s current figure of 21:Zach Britton,Dennis Eckersley,Jonathan Papelbon Zach Britton Jersey , andFernando Rodney. When you combine that run-prevention with a ton of high-leverage situations, you get one of the top Win Probability Added (WPA) seasons of all time.”As Sullivan noted, the Athletics defense has also been crucial to their success. They rank third in MLBin FanGraphs’ defensive value (36.4) and10th in defensive runs saved (27). For comparison, they finished 27th in defensive runs saved and last in defensive value during the 2017 campaign.Adding to the stunning nature of Oakland’s accomplishments this season, Sean Manaea is the only pitcher in the starting rotation with at least 150 innings pitched. Unfortunately, the southpaw had shoulder surgery on Sept. 19 and will miss all of next season.Through all of the rotation turnover, the A’s haven’t skipped a beat. They are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and will be a dangerous opponent because of their lineup and bullpen depth. The Philadelphia Phillies (55-44) will attempt to even their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (56-44) on Tuesday in a pick’em matchup between two National League division leaders. The Dodgers won the series opener 7-6 on Monday behind solo home runs by Max Muncy, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson to help them keep a 1.5-game lead in the NL West.MLB betting line: The Phillies opened as -125 favorites (wager $125 to win $100); the total is at 7.5 runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-darren-o_day-jersey , via OddsShark computer: 3.6-2.6, Phillies (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news.Why the Dodgers can pay on the MLB linesLos Angeles continues to look like the NL’s best team following the acquisition of Manny Machado, who went 1-for-5 with a run scored against the Phillies after coming over in a trade from the Baltimore Orioles.Next up for the Dodgers in their rotation is Kenta Maeda (7-5, 3.12 ERA), who has pitched well in his past five outings. Maeda has given up a total of four earned runs during that stretch of 18.2 innings, including a brief relief appearance last time out in which he earned a victory after coming in for Clayton Kershaw right before the MLB All-Star break. He is 3-1 with a 3.54 ERA on the road.Why the Phillies can pay on the MLB linesWhile Maeda has been solid lately, Philadelphia ace Aaron Nola (12-3, 2.30) has been even better. Despite seeing his personal six-game winning streak end in his last start, the 25-year-old first-time NL All-Star did not get run one run of support in that outing Frank Robinson Jersey , allowing two runs and four hits in six innings of a 2-0 defeat to the Miami Marlins on July 14.Before that, Nola surrendered two runs in his previous three starts combined totaling 21.2 innings with just five walks and 27 strikeouts. He also began his recent winning streak at Los Angeles, giving up only one run and two hits in seven innings on May 31.Smart betting pickThe Phillies have alternated wins and losses in their five meetings with the Dodgers this year, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, which means they are due for a victory here, right? That trend aside, Philadelphia is positioned perfectly to bounce back with a win in this spot because the team has the superior starting pitcher on the mound. MLB betting trendsLos Angeles is 6-2 in its last eight games.Philadelphia is 12-6 in its last 18 games.The total has gone under in 16 of Philadelphia’s last 23 games. All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report’s official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week’s top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app.</div>
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