The Angels have 2 of the most dynamic players in baseball: Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. Trout is undisputedly the best player in the game and likely going to be a top 10 player all-time when it’s all said and done. Ohtani is the first player since Babe Ruth, to consistently hit and pitch in the same year. Yet, when people talk about the Angels, Andrelton Simmons is often not in the discussion for the 2nd best player on the team but that’s exactly what he is.
As baseball season is about to begin once again, for me it doesn’t feel the same anymore, I’m not excited as I used to be, I’ll explain more.
When I made my first trip to old Yankee Stadium in 2007, I immediately fell in love with the game of baseball. I watched every Yankees game, including spring training, even while I was in class at school, I didn’t care. I was so passionate that I watched spring training games on MLB.TV instead of a big Champions League knockout match. I was very weird among people in my school.
Just a couple of days before the season began, the New York Mets ended the contract talks with ace pitcher Jacob deGrom by signing him to a contract extension. The deal is for five years and replaces deGrom’s current contract.
The deal is worth $137.5 million and includes an opt-out after 2022 and a full no-trade clause. There is a $32.5 million club-option for 2024 that could bring the value of the deal to $170 million. deGrom’s deal is tied with Johan Santana for the 14th biggest deal given to a pitcher, according to Baseball Reference, per Mark W. Sanchez of the New York Post.
Jacob Degrom was even better than he normally is last night, and that’s a tough order. He entered the night with 30 straight starts allowing 3 runs or less, which is a new MLB record. Ironically, the last team to score 4 runs on Degrom were the Miami Marlins, almost a year ago to last night exactly.
We all know the problems the Mets lineups had last season giving Degrom run support. The Mets changed their tune last night, coming out of the gates with hot bats and keeping with that theme throughout the night.
Not even a week into the season and the New York Yankees are making news for the wrong reasons.
The team announced Monday that Giancarlo Stanton was heading to the injury list with a grade 1 bicep strain. Stanton claimed he suffered the injury during an at-bat on Sunday vs. Dylan Bundy; that’s according to reporting by Jack Curry. The Yankees are saying he will be back before May, but other complications have been causing issues for the Bronx Bombers.