Another week, another Major League Baseball team on the verge of a COVID-19 outbreak. Check out the particulars on that. Also, read about how the Yankees and Phillies lost a couple of top players while the Mets’ top starter returned and threw an awesome game. With all that in mind, let’s get right to it so you can keep betting against their MLB odds.
MLB COVID-19 Update – May 26th Edition
2021 MLB Season
- When: Thursday, April 1 – Friday, October 1
- Where: Various
2021 World Series Odds
MLB shows a .035 percent positivity rate
Stats from May 21, show Major League Baseball doing a decent job with the coronavirus. MLB has tested 166,584 players and staff.
Of those tested, 59 positives, 32 players and 27 staff members, tested positive. The positivity rate in MLB is .035.
MLB has conducted 10,308 monitoring tests. The positivity rate for those tested is .05. Overall, things aren’t bad, but as you’ll read in the next section, some teams have low vaccination rates, which could affect their season.
Mariners could be on the verge of a COVID breakout
On May 22, the Seattle Mariners placed four players on the COVID-19 injured list. The four players are Robert Dugger, Will Vest, Anthony Misiewicz, and Drew Steckenrider.
None of the four are name players, but more Seattle positives could happen. One of the reasons for concern is that less than 50% of Mariners have gotten the coronavirus vaccine.
With so many players not being vaccinated, Seattle’s season could turn at a moment’s notice. Keep your ears open and eyes peeled. The Mariners’ coronavirus outbreak may not be over.
Bryce Harper on 10-day IL, Kluber leaves game with shoulder tightness and deGrom returns
On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Phillies sent slugger Bryce Harper to the 10-day injured list. Harper has a bruise on his left forearm, which could explain why the former NL MVP went 0-16 before landing on IL.
Yankees’ starter Corey Kluber had a disappointing follow-up to last week’s no-hitter. NYY skipper Aaron Boone pulled Kluber after three innings due to tightness in his right shoulder. On May 19, Kluber threw a no-hitter in a win over Texas. When he left the game against Toronto on May 25, Kluber had allowed 2 earned runs off 2 hits.
While the Yankees have listed Kluber as day-to-day, the New York Mets are excited to have Jacob deGrom back in the fold.
In a brilliant performance on Tuesday, deGrom struck out 9 Colorado Rockies’ batters. deGrom’s next start is versus the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. The Mets are ravaged by injuries so having deGrom return and throw as well as he did is huge.
Rays grab AL East lead, Padres versus Dodgers top battle in the NL West
The New York Yankees are a game behind Tampa while the Toronto Blue Jays have fallen to 4.5 games off. Expect the Yankees, versus Red Sox, versus Rays, versus Blue Jays battle to win the AL East to last all season.
Over in the NL West, San Diego has a half a game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers and a 1.5 games lead over the San Francisco Giants. The Giants could have legs in the fight for the division title. More than likely, though, SF falls off while the Padres and Dodgers battle it out for supremacy.
Both San Diego and Los Angeles have great rotations and strong batting lineups. Padres versus Dodgers should be tight all the way to the final regular season game.