MLB Betting Report on Player Injury Comebacks in 2015
Injuries play a devastating role in the fortunes of many teams throughout each MLB betting season. Whether it was the Texas Rangers losing half their starting rotation, half their infield and two outfielders to injury in the beginning of the 2014 season or the St. Louis Cardinals losing star pitcher Adam Wainwright to an Achilles tear after a freak accident in the batter’s box, injuries do take a toll. When players can come back, though, and do so with authority, it’s a huge energy boost for the team. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest injury comeback stories in MLB so far in 2015.
Inside Scoop on the MLB Betting Report on Player Injury Comebacks in 2015
Nick Swisher, OF-1B (Cleveland/Atlanta)
The Tribe are still on the outer edge of contention in the American League wild card race, which is why they used him to get some positive returns out of the Atlanta Braves at the trade deadline. At the age of 34, Swisher is coming off a 2014 season that was easily the worst in his career, and he has shown signs of regaining that primo hitting touch that caused Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane to focus on him in the first place.
The Tribe’s offense has been inconsistent as the season has gone by. Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana, Ryan Rayburn, and Brandon Moss have provided top-notch performances some days – and less than desirable performances on other days. All of the places where Swisher could fill in the lineup are full, but he has made the most of this playing time, filling in where he is needed. Now that he is in Atlanta, Swisher will be part of a rebuilding program that could see the Braves return to National League dominance.
Scooter Gennett, 2B (Milwaukee)
It was just two weeks into the 2015 season that Gennett cut open his hand while taking a postgame shower, and it took him until the beginning of June to return. By that time, the Brewers – who have also missed Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy most of the way – took a tailspin to their spot near the dregs of the National League standings. Gennett was only hitting .207 when he got injured, but his replacements were Hector Gomez (.250) and Elian Herrera (.189), so the offense didn’t improve. This is why the Brewers were one of the earliest sellers in the trade market, letting everyone know that Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza were available on the trade market. In his return, Gennett went 1 for 3 with a single until a pinch hitter came in for him in the ninth. So the signs are positive that Gennett will return and play productively.
Christian Yelich, LF (Miami)
In 2014, Yelich had a terrific first season in the major leagues, winning a Gold Glove and batting .284. However, in 2015 he suffered from a back injury that influenced his play, and the team shut him down. The Marlins have used the ageless Ichiro Suzuki as his replacement, and he has hit .293 while in the replacement role. Once Yelich is back, Suzuki will go back to being the fourth outfielder – the right place for him. For now, though, the team awaits Yelich’s return before they can even think about joining back in the chase for the wild card.