We are only a few weeks into the 2021 MLB season, but some teams are already seeing their weaknesses exposed in a big way. The good news is that there is still plenty of time to do something about it, which is why part of this week’s news is about teams potentially going after some help. While it is not time to hit the panic button just yet, there are some serious grumblings about how things are going with some of the bigger teams, particularly the New York Yankees. We will get into that, as well as some other news and rumors from this past week in MLB so you can continue wagering against their MLB odds.
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Teams are always on the lookout for help in the pitching department, which is why free agent Anibal Sanchez is apparently drawing some real interest. He has been working out with several teams in the league and has at least 3 teams interested in acquiring his services. One prospective suitor is the Atlanta Braves, who are dealing with some injury issues with their starters. They have Mile Soroka, Max Fried, and Drew Smyly all dealing with issues, albeit none serious, and could use the help on the mound. The LA Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks are also rumored to be interested in the righty.
No sooner have we seen fans get back into the stadiums again than we have to deal with one of them getting injured at the game. One of the fans in attendance at the Phillies/Giants game on Monday night wiped out and fell across several rows of seats as he tried to snag a home run ball. It appears that nothing was injured except the pride of the fan, who is apparently a baseball collector. The whole situation was rather comical and highlights how good it is to have fans in the ballpark again.
We go from lighthearted news in Philly to some potentially serious issues in New York, where the Yankees are off to a disastrous start to the season. At the time of writing, the Yankees are sitting at 5-10 and are firmly rooted to the bottom of the AL East. The Yankees have built a team that is predicated on the long ball and power hitting methodology that they believe translates into winning 60% of their games. That may still happen this season, but the natives are getting restless in the Big Apple and demanding that some changes need to be made sooner rather than later.
It is good news out of Minnesota, as the latest round of COVID testing has revealed no positive cases. The Twins can now return to action, which they are scheduled to do today, April 20. They will be in Oakland, where they will play a doubleheader against the A’s. This all comes on the heels of two players and a staff member testing positive on Saturday, which led to the postponement of their weekend series with the LA Angels.