One of Major League Baseball’s fastest rising stars and third-base and first-base coaches for a World Series favorite tested positive. An ace pitcher is working his way back and MLB is encouraging a franchise to find new digs. Check out the latest Major League Baseball news in this week’s update so you can keep betting against their MLB odds.
MLB COVID-19 Update – May 12th Edition
2021 MLB Season
- When: Thursday, April 1 – Friday, October 1
- Where: Various
2021 World Series Odds
- Los Angeles Dodgers +300
- New York Yankees +600
- San Diego Padres +750
- Tampa Bay Rays +1700
- Atlanta Braves +1300
- Minnesota Twins +2800
- Chicago White Sox +800
- Oakland Athletics +1400
- Houston Astros +1500
- Cleveland Indians +3000
- Cincinnati Reds +3000
- Chicago Cubs +5000
- New York Mets +800
- Washington Nationals +5500
- St. Louis Cardinals +1600
- Toronto Blue Jays +1600
- Philadelphia Phillies +3300
- L.A. Angels +4000
- Milwaukee Brewers +2000
- Boston Red Sox +1500
- Miami Marlins +6000
- San Francisco Giants +3500
- Arizona Diamondbacks +22500
- Colorado Rockies +50000
- Seattle Mariners +9000
- Baltimore Orioles +17500
- Detroit Tigers +55000
- Kansas City Royals +7500
- Texas Rangers +15000
- Pittsburgh Pirates +40000
Tatis Jr. and Yankees’ third-base and first-base coaches test positive
The San Diego Padres placed Fernando Tatis Jr., arguably the biggest star in baseball, on the injured list after the shortstop tested positive for COVID-19. Tatis is a career .292 hitter.
The shortstop has 48 home runs in 169 games. Losing Tatis, even if it’s for just 10 days, is a huge blow. But Tatis Jr. isn’t the only reason some Padre fans are fretting.
Due to contract tracing, first baseman Eric Hosmer, who is batting .305 this season, must also take a seat. No word on when Hosmer and Tatis Jr. may return.
The New York Yankees lost third-base coach Phil Nevin and first-base coach Reggie Willits after the pair tested positive for the coronavirus. Both must take a seat until cleared to return. Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone said the team is waiting on more results.
Met’s ace Jacob deGrom working his way back
Preseason favorite Atlanta is 2.5 games back of the Mets. So it goes without saying that NYM is desperate to get back their ace, Jacob deGrom.
deGrom is on the injured list due to tightness in his right side. He resumed playing catch and hopes he won’t spend too long on IL.
But deGrom knows he can’t rush things. Per the Mets’ ace, “We have to be smart there. Don’t do something where it turns into, now I’m missing a couple of months.”
MLB wants the A’s to explore leaving Oakland
So this is new. It doesn’t often happen that a sports league insists a franchise look for new digs.
Major League Baseball gave Oakland their blessing to look for a new home. The A’s have pressured the city to build a new stadium for years. But Oakland won’t budge.
MLB decided it was time for the Athletics to increase that pressure.
The A’s are Oakland’s final remaining professional sports franchise. The Raiders moved to Las Vegas and the Golden State Warriors moved to San Francisco.
Las Vegas is the frontrunner to accept the Athletics. Other cities which could make a play for the A’s are Portland, Vancouver, Nashville, Charlotte, and Montreal.
San Francisco surprising NL West leader
Yes, it’s early, but San Francisco looks like a team with legs. Heading into May 12, the Giants have a 2-game lead over the San Diego Padres and a 3-game lead over the World Series favorite Los Angeles Dodgers in the surprisingly competitive NL West.
How are the Giants winning? San Francisco ranks fourteenth in runs per and sixth in team ERA. The bullpen has a 4.16 ERA, which is one of the reasons SF’s odds to win the championship remain high.
The Giants offer +3500 on MyBookie to win the Fall Classic. So if you believe, jump on those odds.