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(4-3, 3.92 ERA)
Realmuto has gotten better every year since breaking into the majors in 2014. His latest step forward took him to 4.3 WAR , which was one more than any other catcher.Much of that has to do with his bat. The improvement of his OPS mirrors that of his increasing WAR, and he's coming off career highs in OPS (.825) and home runs (21).It helps that Realmuto is fine-tuning his approach to perfection. In 2018, he achieved his best balance between swinging at strikes and taking balls:That led to another step up for his walk rate but more so improved the quality of his contact. Both his average exit velocity (88.9 mph) and his hard-hit rate (38.5 percent) reached new peaks.Just as it did for Yelich, a move away from Marlins Park would almost certainly unlock further offensive potential for Realmuto. His career road OPS is 170 points higher than his career home OPS, and some of his non-homer fly balls and line drives would have cleared the fences even at Kauffman Stadium.As it is, Wilson Ramos is the only catcher who had a higher OPS than Realmuto in 2018. If he continues to improve and benefits from a more hitter-friendly home park, he can become MLB's best offensive catcher in 2019 and 2020.Realmuto's talents don't end there. He was the fastest baserunner among all catchers in 2018. He's also one of the position's most well-rounded defenders.He threw out a career-high 38.2 percent of base stealers in 2018 Youth Leonard Fournette Jersey , mainly with the help of the fastest pop time in the game. He got the ball to second base in an average of 1.9 seconds.Last but not least, Realmuto has also made good on his desire to become a better pitch framer.Though he rated slightly below average in 2018, the trend in his percentages tells a more optimistic tale:2015: 83.8 in-zone strike%, 7.5 out-of-zone strike%2016: 83.3%, 7.6%2017: 85.7%, 7.8%2018: 86.9%, 8.1%Altogether , you can't ask for a better catcher than Realmuto. Since he's only 27 years old and has multiple talents to hone, there's a good chance he will become a better All-Star or even an MVP-caliber talent over the next two seasons.In the meantime, it's probable he won't be in a Marlins uniform the next time he sets foot on a major league field. It's just a question of which of his many possible suitors wants him the most. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, FanGraphs, Baseball Savant and Baseball Prospectus. A potential National League playoff preview will continue at Chavez Ravine on Tuesday when the Los Angeles Dodgers (59-48) host the Milwaukee Brewers (62-47) as large home favorites at the sportsbooks.The Dodgers lost the series opener 5-2 on Monday as favorites, giving the Brewers the most wins in the NL.MLB betting line: The Dodgers opened as -167 favorites (wager $167 to win $100); the total is at eight runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick Youth Myles Jack Jersey , via OddsShark computer: 3.1-3.0, Dodgers (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Brewers can pay on the MLB linesMilwaukee remains one of the most underrated teams in baseball, as they have gone 6-3 since suffering through a season-worst seven-game losing streak. The Brewers ended that skid with a 4-2 home win against Los Angeles on July 21 but still lost two of three to the Dodgers right after the MLB All-Star break.The Brewers are hoping to catch the Chicago Cubs for the lead in the NL Central and wrap up an eight-game West Coast road trip with four in Los Angeles. Wade Miley (1-1, 2.01 ERA) will toe the rubber here, and he is coming off a solid start at the beginning of the trip at San Francisco, allowing two runs and six hits in five innings of an eventual 7-5 Milwaukee victory last Thursday. Why the Dodgers can pay on the MLB linesThe Dodgers are involved in an equally competitive divisional race with the Arizona Diamondbacks , so they cannot afford to lose two in a row to the Brewers. Los Angeles has dropped consecutive games only once since the end of June, and one of those losses was a 16-inning road affair a week ago at the Philadelphia Phillies.Countering Miley on the mound will be Walker Buehler (4-3, 3.92 ERA), who has pitched much better at home than on the road. The 24-year-old has gone 2-2 with a 2.97 ERA at Dodger Stadium, limiting opposing hitters to a .209 batting average there compared to 2-1 with a 5.26 ERA away from home. He has never faced Milwaukee in 20 career games. Smart betting pickLos Angeles is 10-6 in the past 16 meetings, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, but a disappointing 3-5 in the last eight after posting a 7-1 mark in the previous eight. During this recent stretch Youth Yannick Ngakoue Jersey , the Brewers have beaten the Dodgers three straight times at home, and they will make it four in a row with another upset victory.MLB betting trendsMilwaukee is 4-1 in its last five games.Milwaukee is 4-1 in its last five games on the road.LA Dodgers is 2-4 in its last six games when playing Milwaukee.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.

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