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A look at whats happening all around the majors on Monday:---HELLO AGAINGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner (14-9, 2. Rockies Jerseys China .66 ERA) faces three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw (11-3, 1.81) in what will be the 11th matchup between the two southpaws, including the third this season. The Dodgers won the previous two matchups, even when Bumgarner homered off Kershaw on April 9. Kershaw is making his third start since returning from the disabled list. Hes 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA over eight innings since coming back, averaging 65 pitches in two starts.KINGS OF THE HILLRick Porcello (20-4, 3.12) looks to strengthen his Cy Young Award case in a pivotal start against Baltimore. AL East-leading Boston likely ended the Yankees hopes of winning the division over the weekend, and it has a chance to do the same in a four-game series with the Os this week. Porcello pitched eight dominant innings last time out against Baltimore, but the Red Sox lost to Kevin Gausman and the Os 1-0. Dylan Bundy (9-5, 3.88) opposes Porcello in this series opener.THOR TO THE RESCUENoah Syndergaard (13-8, 2.43) tries to cover some innings for the well-worn Mets bullpen in a game against Atlanta. Including the 4 2/3 innings Gabriel Ynoa pitched Sunday in a spot start for scratched Jacob deGrom, New Yorks bullpen has worked 18 innings over New Yorks past two games. Syndergaard already has a career-high 174 innings pitched this season for the Mets, who lead the NL wild-card race by one game over the Giants.DRIVE FOR 100The Cubs open a series against Cincinnati hoping not just to edge closer to home-field advantage, but also their 100th victory. Chicago has 94 wins. Its a pretty neat number. Ive never done that before, said manager Joe Maddon, who won 97 in 2008 with Tampa and last year with Chicago.TESTY AND TESTEDThe Tigers hope for good news after Ian Kinsler was sent for concussion tests Sunday. Kinsler got his helmet knocked off by a pitch from Trevor Bauer in a 9-5 victory over Cleveland. He grabbed the side of his head after being struck, was examined and went to first. Kinsler later yelled at Bauer when the pitcher plunked Victor Martinez, and then was ejected a couple innings later. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Kinsler, who committed a fielding error at second base in the fifth, showed symptoms later in the game. Dante Bichette Jersey . The return match will take place next Wednesday. Udinese leads Fiorentina 2-1 in the other semifinal. Napoli staged a second-half comeback from two goals down after Gervinhos opener and a stunning strike from Kevin Strootman. Colorado Rockies Store . The All-Pro lineman got the leg bent under him while trying to make a tackle during the first half of a 22-20 overtime loss at Miami on Thursday night. The medical staff initially thought hed torn the ligament, and the test a day later in Cincinnati confirmed it. https:///...-jersey-rockies.html . By having more great seasons. Manning was the only unanimous choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team Friday. Seattles win over New England on Sunday night was billed as both a Super Bowl rematch and a possible Super Bowl preview, and for once, the latter phrase was not hyperbole. Both teams certainly looked like they were ready to play deep into January, and in the end they were separated by only a goal-line stand.How likely is it that well see these two teams again in Houston for Super Bowl LI? As part of our playoff odds report each week, Football Outsiders also tracks the odds of every Super Bowl rematch. Seattle-New England pops up in 13.7 percent of this weeks simulations. Heres a look at the other rematches that have better than 100-to-1 odds at this point.Philadelphia-New England (XXXIX): 4.6% Dallas-Denver (XII): 2.6% Seattle-Denver (XLVIII): 2.2% Dallas-Miami (VI): 1.8% Philadelphia-Oakland (XV): 1.5% New York Giants-New England (XLII/XLVI): 1.5% Atlanta-Denver (XXXIII): 1.2%However, the most likely Super Bowl matchup right now would not be a rematch, even though it would be the record-breaking ninth Super Bowl for each franchise. Dallas and New England meet in Super Bowl LI in 14.9 percent of this weeks simulations.In other news, this is the first week that we have two teams with a big fat zero for playoff odds. Although Cleveland and San Francisco are nnot technically out of the race, neither team makes the postseason in any of our 50,000 simulations this week. Rockies Jerseys 2020. Each week from now until the end of the regular season, well be taking a look at the playoff odds for all 32 teams in the NFL. For a full explanation on how we calculate each teams playoff odds, see the bottom of the article.AFC PLAYOFF PREDICTIONSFAVORITES1. New England Patriots (7-2)Odds of making playoffs: 97.3 percentThe loss to Seattle cut the Patriots odds of getting the AFCs No. 1 seed, but they still earn it in 54.2 percent of our simulations. Thats better than even odds despite the presence of three other seven-win teams in the AFC. Why are the Patriots such a heavy favorite? Not only are they the best AFC team by our DVOA ratings, but they also have one of the five easiest remaining schedules in the league. Meanwhile, the three seven-win AFC West teams will have to all play a round-robin with one another, not to mention the still-frisky Chargers. The Raiders, Chiefs and Broncos will likely have to run the table on the rest of their divisional games if they want to challenge the Patriots for seeding. ' ' '