“Things I Think”
PADRES…The Wil Myers trade talks to Boston are over. The Red Sox don’t want to take on more than 30M of the remaining 61M-owed to Myeres. Boston also wanted top prospects to take on the contract, thought Myers could become a big factor hitting balls over the Green Monster. The Padres though did not want to give up talents like Cal Quantrill or Joey Lucchesi. Interesting to see if Myers finds himself and becomes a season long contributor.
DODGERS…What a lineup from Mookie Betts at the top, to Cody Bellinger in the middle, to Corey Seager later in th border. Big question to me, the loss of veterans Kenta Maeda, Hyun Jin-Ryu and Rich Hill’s veteran experience leaves a big void in that rotation. Can Julio Urias, Dustin May, Tony Gonxolin be reliable?
ANGELS..Pretty good batting order, pretty thin starting rotation. Think about a batting order led by Mike Trout, relying on Anthony Rendon, paced by Albert Pujols, the re-emerging Shohei Ohtani, along with Andrelton Simmons. That’s a pretty good set of sticks. The huge question will be what kind of mileage they get out of Dylan Bundy and Julio Teheran, and how quickly Ohtani can return to be an every fifth day starter in the rotation. Health has always been a problem with the Halos pithing staff.
YANKEES….What a bad first week. P-James Paxton, back surgery….P-Luis Severino-elbow surgery….OF-Giancarlo Stanton-calf. Just one week into camp. Last year they had 18-major injuries.
RED SOX…The criticism is relentless over the Mookie Betts-David Price trade. The farm system is barren. The starting rotation has a history of injury. Long season, bad season coming to Boston?
ASTROS…A first week of non stop criticism for Houston as the Grapefruit Circuit got underway, and it won’t get any better once the season begins for baseball’s Public Enemy-1 team. This will not go away, all year long.
ATHLETICS…Some believe P-Mike Fiers was a snitch. Many think what he did as a whistleblower was correct to save the integrity of the game. Now ex-A’s C-Jon Lucroy went public saying the A’s notified the Commissioner’s office of Astros wrongdoing in 2017, and nothing happened till the post season of 2019 when Fiers went public. Why the delay?