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Detroit Tigers sign pitcher who acted as human shield during Las Vegas shooting

According to a report from MLive, the Detroit Tigers have signed P Bubba Derby to a Minor League contract.

Derby, who is 28, was originally selected by the Oakland Athletics in the sixth round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

In six Minor League seasons, he is 31-30 with a 4.62 ERA.

On Oct. 1, 2017, Bubba Derby was in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas when a shooter opened fire on the outdoor crowd from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. Of the 60 people killed and the 867 injured by gunfire and mass panic, Derby made sure two women were not going to be among the victims as he threw himself over them to make sure they were safe.

“I turned and looked at my aunt — because she was behind me — and I remember looking in her eyes and it was that look of, ‘Are we about to die? Is this it? Is this it for us?’” Derby told TMZ Sports back in 2017. “I ended up kind of covering two girls that we had met in the group there. I tried to kind of be over them. My cousin was laying over his girlfriend. We were just trying to cover from any kind of fire coming around.”

The Tigers begin a 4-game series on Thursday night when they travel to Kansas City to take on the Royals.

MLB Betting Guide: Thursday 4/14/22

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For those new to numberFire, we use a five-star system to show which bets you should be targeting on any given night. Stars represent how much you should risk on a wager relative to what you would normally bet. For example, if you would normally bet $110 to win $100 on a -110 spread wager, if we give a three-star ranking, we suggest risking three times that amount: $330 to win $300.

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Washington Nationals at Pittsburgh Pirates

Washington Moneyline (+114): 2-Star Rating Out of 5

Our model is a fan of the underdog Washington Nationals today in their road game at the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates are going with JT Brubaker on the mound while Washington is turning to Joan Adon.

Adon has just two starts and 9 2/3 MLB innings to his name, but he had an excellent 2021 campaign that took him through four levels. The righty opened the year in High-A before flying through the Nats’ system and making his MLB debut.

Washington obviously thinks highly of Adon, and this is a friendly matchup for him versus a Pittsburgh offense that was 28th in wOBA last year (.294) and projects to be a bad lineup once again (28th by FanGraphs’ projections).

Brubaker’s numbers are somewhat intriguing. He pitched to a 4.04 SIERA across 124 1/3 frames in 2021 on the back of a 24.0% strikeout rate and 12.0% swinging-strike rate. His downfall has been taters. Brubaker permitted 2.03 dingers per nine last season and allowed one in three innings in his 2022 debut. The gopher ball could get him today as he does battle with Juan SotoNelson Cruz and Josh Bell.

We project the underdog Nats to win by a score of 4.77-4.33. We give Washington win odds of 52.4% and rate taking them on the moneyline as a two-star wager.

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Written by W.G. Brady

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