The Tampa Bay Rays have the best record in baseball early in 2019 and a wave of people still don’t think they have a chance to win the division. With the Yankees and Red Sox getting off to slow starts, the Rays have capitalized and are trying to create a wide gap between those teams in the division race. Do the Rays have a real chance to win the division and compete for a title in 2019?
The New York Yankees’ injury list has been a major story early this season. It goes back a month ago to spring training when the team announced reliever Dellin Betances would start the season on the injured list with a right shoulder impingement (inflammation). Continue Reading!
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.
Last year, Boston dominated Major League Baseball. At the risk of repeating something you’ve already read 100 times, the Red Sox won 108 regular-season games and won 11 of 14 games in three playoff series. The best season in franchise history was accomplished despite a bullpen that was the source of concern throughout the year.
What’s the status of this year’s bullpen and how will it impact the team’s chances of back-to-back World Series titles? Here are some thoughts to answer that broad question.
The bullpen last year was led by Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Steven Wright, Bobby Poyner, and closer Craig Kimbrel. While it was definitely the weakest part of the team and was worrisome among the fans of Red Sox Nation, the numbers were surprisingly solid.
It’s been a heated spring training so far for the Yankees as Luke Voit and Greg Bird battle for the starting first base spot. While both Bird and Voit have been impressive in the Grapefruit League so far, what’s the deciding factor on who gets the job Opening Day?