The dog days of August are here. Now that the MLB Trade Deadline has come and gone, it’s time for contending teams to make a push for the playoffs. The Dodgers continued to widen their gap in the NL West while the Cubs jumped into the lead in the NL Central with a winning week. The Reds are still below .500, but they used a 5-2 mark to remain just six games back of the Cubs in the loss column entering play Wednesday. Even the Rangers used a perfect 5-0 mark to try and stay in the hunt for a Wild Card spot in the American League. Meanwhile, the White Sox and Padres went a combined 6-7 as the two teams are basically just playing out the rest of the season.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DraftKings Sportsbook users the most money during the week while analyzing the most compelling storylines. With the outcomes being recorded every week from Wednesday to Tuesday, this breakdown includes everything played from July 31-August 6.
1) New York Yankees (7-0 Straight Up)
2) New York Mets (7-1 SU)
3) Chicago White Sox (4-4 SU)
4) Los Angeles Dodgers (6-1 SU)
5) Houston Astros (5-1 SU)
6) Chicago Cubs (5-2 SU)
7) San Diego Padres (2-3 SU)
8) Texas Rangers (5-0 SU)
9) J.T. Poston
10) Cincinnati Reds (5-2 SU)
Yankees Continue to Win Despite InjuriesIt’s been a wild season for the Yankees. It seems like day after day, they lose another key player due to injury. However, they still continue to win games and are threatening to run away with the AL East title. With four games at home against Boston last week, they had a chance to step on the throats of their division rivals.
The Yankees ended up doing just that, scoring 26 runs on their way to the series sweep. They also won all three of their other games the past week, cashing in on them being the favorites for all but one of the games that they played during that stretch. Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t all good news since they lost Edwin Encarnacion (wrist), Aaron Hicks (elbow) and possibly even Gleyber Torres (core) in the process.
Mets Surging into Playoff RaceAt one point, it looked like the Mets might be sellers heading into the deadline. Two of the bigger names that they were reportedly shopping were Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler. However, not only did they keep both players, but they actually acquired Marcus Stroman in a trade with the Blue Jays.
Now armed with a deep starting rotation, the Mets are racing towards a playoff spot. They won seven of their eight games last week and entered play Wednesday having won 12 of 13 contests, overall. They didn’t exactly generate many big payouts since they were favored in their seven victories, but their consistency still paid off for those riding the hot hand.
New Astros’ Hurlers Shine in Combined No-HitterThe Astros have one of the best records in baseball and a pretty comfortable lead in the AL West. Still, they were active at the deadline on the pitching front, bringing in Zack Greinke, Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini. With Greinke now added to the stellar duo of Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the Astros are arguably the favorite to come out of the American League.
They continued to roll along by winning five of their six games and they were heavy favorites in all five victories. The most impressive of the bunch came in Sanchez’s first start against the Mariners. Despite entering the contest with a 6.07 ERA for the season, he recorded six strikeouts across six hitless innings. The three relievers who followed him each pitched a hitless frame, one of which was another new face in Biagini. It served as yet another reminder of the sad state of affairs in Seattle as this was the second time that a team threw a combined no-hitter against them this season.
Poston Comes From Behind to Win Wyndham ChampionshipEntering the Wyndham Championship, J.T. Poston had recorded top-10 finishes this year at both the RBC Heritage and the Desert Classic. Still, with him searching for his first PGA Tour victory, he entered with lofty odds of +12500 to win the tournament.
Although Poston entered play Sunday trailing the leader, he was playing well having not hit a single bogey through the first three rounds. He then started out the final round strong, hitting three birdies on the front-9. He even had an eagle on the Par-5 fifth hole. With yet another bogey-free round, he went on to win the tournament and provide some massive payouts for those who took a chance on him emerging victorious.
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