Just when we thought sports had passed the pandemic, COVID rears its ugly head. Major League Baseball doesn’t have a coronavirus problem per se, but the pandemic did affect a couple of teams this past week. Check out information on how the coronavirus has upset a couple of teams’ plans so you can keep betting against their MLB odds.
Also read about how one of the preseason favorites to win the World Series is in a terrible slump.
MLB COVID-19 Update – April 21st Edition
2021 MLB Season
- When: Thursday, April 1 – Friday, October 1
- Where: Various
2021 World Series Odds
- Los Angeles Dodgers +325
- New York Yankees +650
- San Diego Padres +900
- Tampa Bay Rays +1700
- Atlanta Braves +1300
- Minnesota Twins +1800
- Chicago White Sox +1100
- Oakland Athletics +1400
- Houston Astros +2200
- Cleveland Indians +3500
- Cincinnati Reds +2200
- Chicago Cubs +5000
- New York Mets +750
- Washington Nationals +4500
- St. Louis Cardinals +2800
- Toronto Blue Jays +2200
- Philadelphia Phillies +3300
- L.A. Angels +3300
- Milwaukee Brewers +2000
- Boston Red Sox +2200
- Miami Marlins +4500
- San Francisco Giants +6600
- Arizona Diamondbacks +22500
- Colorado Rockies +25000
- Seattle Mariners +7000
- Baltimore Orioles +12500
- Detroit Tigers +15000
- Kansas City Royals +6600
- Texas Rangers +15000
- Pittsburgh Pirates +25000
COVID-19 protocols forces Philadelphia to send 3 to IL
Per manager Joe Girardi, “Every day we walk into the clubhouse, we worry about that, because there’s players that are asymptomatic, or coaches that are asymptomatic, or people that are asymptomatic. And you just don’t know. So, we have to be on our guard every day.”
The three players were pitchers Matt Moore and Jose Alvarado and infielder Ronald Torreyes. The coaches are Paco Figueroa and Bobby Meachem.
Figueroa and Meachem joined fellow Phillies’ coaches Joe Dillon, Dusty Wathan, and Dave Lundquist on the COVID-19 protocols list. San Francisco beat Philadelphia 2-0 on Monday and 10-7 on Tuesday.
After coronavirus concerns, Minnesota Twins cleared to travel to Oakland
Minnesota suffered 4 positive COVID tests last week. Because of that, the Twins decided to take a few days off to do some contact tracing and testing to determine if they could battle the Oakland A’s this week.
Minnesota hadn’t played since Friday. On Tuesday, they took on the Oakland A’s in a double-header. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons didn’t make the trip due to a positive coronavirus test.
Maybe because Simmons didn’t play, the Twins dropped both games. The A’s followed up a 7-0 victory with a 1-0 win.
The Twins’ form had gone south before the COVID concerns. Minnesota had lost 6-of-7. After the two losses to Oakland, the Twins have a single win in their last 9 games.
Dodgers remain solid favorite and Yankees still the second choice
One of the preseason World Series favorites is looking super while another has already decided to make changes to their lineup. The Los Angeles Dodgers are the super team.
Heading into their April 22 game versus the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers are 14-4. They’ve got the best record in baseball and a +38 run differential, 8 runs better than the surprise Boston Red Sox at +30.
While the Dodgers are playing as well as advertised, the New York Yankees aren’t. NYY is in last place in the AL East with a 6-10 record.
Manager Aaron Boone switched things up after the Yankees lost their fifth straight. He sent Rougned Odor, Aaron Hicks, and Clint Frazier to the bench.
DJ LeMahieu went from first to second. Brett Gardner got the start in center field, Mike Ford got the start at first, and Mike Tauchman got the start in left field.
The Yankees beat the Braves 3-1 in the first game after the changes. Maybe, Boone has set the lineup that will spark NYY to where they start playing to their odds.