For many baseball fans, the Memorial Day weekend is the point at which they believe that we have now seen enough of each team to know who is going to be a legitimate contender. Teams that may have considered to be slow starters are now at a point where their problems are real, while fast start teams who have maintained their solid starts are now moved tentatively into the contender category. That said, there is still a lot of baseball to be played, and we know how quickly fortunes can change. Let’s take a look at the past week in baseball and talk about what made the headlines so you can continue making your bets against their MLB odds.
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The New York Yankees are not having the season that we expected and currently find themselves sitting in 3rd in the AL East. While a lot of talk surrounding the Yankees has been about potential moves they might make, they may soon be getting help in their pitching with the return of a starter. Luis Severino underwent Tommy John surgery in February of last year and is progressing nicely. He tossed a 3-inning simulated game yesterday and is now looking at a rehab assignment this coming Sunday. The Yankees will take their time with Severino, but having him back at some point is indeed good news.
During the pandemic and the return to action, MLB instituted some rules that were designed to help teams and keep players safe. Prior to the pandemic, teams were limited to having 13 pitchers on their active rosters, but that rule was essentially waived during the pandemic. Word now is that the limit will be put back in place at the start of the 2022 season. It may not end there, though, as reports suggest that the league is considering moving that number back to 11 or 12 in the coming seasons, although nothing official to report on that front just yet.
Things are going from bad to worse for Marcell Ozuna of the Atlanta Braves. Late last week, Ozuna sustained an injury that is expected to keep him sidelined for at least 6 weeks, but it now looks as though he might be out a whole lot longer. The latest issue has nothing to do with baseball, though, as Ozuna has just been released from jail on a $20,000 bail after being arrested for an assault and battery charges. It is alleged that an arresting officer witnessed Ozuna strangling his wife. The couple were in the process of divorcing and Ozuna has now been ordered by the court to avoid any contact with his wife.
In other news involving the Atlanta Braves, there appear to be conflicting reports about the status of pitcher Mike Soroka. Over the weekend, Braves manager Brian Snitker announced that Soroka was done for the season after undergoing exploratory surgery on his Achilles, but that announcement was soon replaced by another, with the Braves suggesting that the pitcher will be reevaluated in a couple of weeks. They also said that a timeline for his recover will be put in place at that time. More news coming on this situation as we receive it.