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Yankees, Mets have favorites for Cy Young



Yankees, Mets have favorites for Cy Young

They’re in a New York State of Cy.

Jacob deGrom and Gerrit Cole are the favorites to win the 2021 Cy Young award in their respective leagues in odds released on Wednesday by BetMGM sportsbooks.

DeGrom, who won the award in 2018 and 2019 and came in third in last year’s voting, is listed at 5/1, atop the National League board. Max Scherzer is second at 7/1 and Trevor Bauer, who rejected more money from the Mets to sign with the Dodgers this offseason, is third at 8/1. The other Mets listed are Carlos Carrasco at 40/1 and Marcus Stroman and the injured Noah Syndergaard, both at 50/1.

Cole finished fourth in the AL Cy Young race last season with the Yankees after posting a second-place finish in 2019 with the Astros. He is listed at 7/2, a slight favorite over Shane Bieber (+375), who won the award in 2020. Other Yankees who rated odds are Corey Kluber (20/1) and Luis Severino (30/1).

Aaron Judge is tied for second-favorite in the AL MVP market at 10/1, one of six Yankees to be mentioned among the top contenders. Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu are listed at 25/1 with Giancarlo Stanton at 30/1, Luke Voit at 66/1 and Gary Sanchez at 100/1. Mike Trout is the overwhelming favorite at 2/1, and Alex Bregman is tied with Judge for the second spot.

Three Mets can be found among the NL’s leading candidates, with Francisco Lindor at 15/1, Pete Alonso at 35/1 and Michael Conforto at 40/1. It’s a tight race atop the NL board, with Mookie Betts and Juan Soto tied for the lead at 15/2. Cody Bellinger and Ronald Acuna are next at 8/1 with Fernando Tatis Jr. coming in a 9/1.

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Athletics’ Sergio Romo pulls down pants during substance check



Athletics' Sergio Romo pulls down pants during substance check

MLB pitchers aren’t taking kindly to the league’s new foreign substance rules.

Athletics pitcher Sergio Romo seemed particularly annoyed that the umpires performed a substance check on him Tuesday night.

After working a one-run seventh inning for Oakland, the umpire beckoned for Romo to come over for the check. Romo responded to the moment by tossing his hat and glove to the ground and whipping his belt off.

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Then came Romo’s final act. He pulled his pants halfway down to prove that he wasn’t harboring any illegal substances.

Romo certainly made his point, but Dan Iassogna, the umpire checking him, didn’t seem too bothered by his high jinks. In fact, the umpire flashed a smile at Romo, who the broadcast described as “heated.”

Romo wasn’t alone in being bothered by the substance check on Tuesday. Max Scherzer was checked for foreign substances three times in the first four innings of the Nationals-Phillies game and became increasingly irritable with each examination. He directed his rage at Phillies manager Joe Girardi, who was later ejected for jawing at Scherzer. The checks didn’t seem to faze the three-time Cy Young winner too much; he earned the win, pitching five innings while giving up just a run and striking out eight.

Needless to say, these antics will be fairly common as MLB attempts to implement these rule changes on the fly.

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Nationals’ Max Scherzer feuds with Phillies’ Joe Girardi over substance checks



Nationals' Max Scherzer feuds with Phillies' Joe Girardi over substance checks

MLB’s new sticky substance rules are already causing havoc, and resulted in a feud between Nationals ace Max Scherzer and Phillies manager Joe Girardi on just their second day since being implemented.

Scherzer was checked for foreign substances three times in his first four innings against Philadelphia. He came up clean each time. The Washington starter didn’t look happy about his first check of the game after the opening frame.

That said, all starters will be checked for foreign substances under MLB’s new protocols, so that was expected.

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What wasn’t expected was that Scherzer would be checked after the third inning as well. He finally drew the line when Girardi requested that Scherzer be checked in the middle of the fourth inning.

The feud between Scherzer and Girardi reached its boiling point in the fifth inning. Scherzer stared at Girardi on his walk back to the dugout after retiring the Phillies in order, and Girardi took exception to it. He came running out of the dugout yelling at Scherzer and was ejected while the pitcher mocked him from a distance.

Be prepared to see more of these mini squabbles and frequent substance checks. Managers have the right to have the opposing pitchers checked, so they will likely take advantage of this as baseball implements this major rule change on the fly.

Though the Scherzer-Girardi feud was amusing, it’s certainly not a feather in MLB’s cap. If anything, it’s a bad omen that the league’s hastily made protocol changes could result in more conflicts, slowdowns and controversies as umpires figure out how to properly deal with them.

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Rays’ Wander Franco hit game-tying homer in first MLB game, and Twitter loved it



Rays' Wander Franco hit game-tying homer in first MLB game, and Twitter loved it

Welcome to Major League Baseball, Wander Franco.

The top prospect in baseball made his long-awaited Rays debut on Tuesday night in an effort to help the team snap a six-game losing streak. Almost immediately, the move paid dividends.

Franco walked in his first plate appearance, but made a lot of noise in the fifth inning. With the Rays trailing 5-2, Franco hit a three-run homer off Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez to tie the game.

Franco drove the slightly low slider 362 feet and helped Tampa Bay come from behind in a critical game against Boston. The Rays owned a half-game lead over the Red Sox atop the AL East entering play on Tuesday.

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The 20-year-old became the youngest player to homer in his first game since Jurickson Profar did so on Sept 2, 2012, with the Rangers.

He also is the youngest member of the Rays to homer since B.J. Upton in 2004.

The blast inspired many reactions from MLB Twitter, as fans and analysts alike were excited to see Franco deliver on the hype immediately.

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