With the start of the season just days away, teams are signing and dealing players, while daily we see baseball injuries, updates and news.
This week’s top headlines: In case you missed it, the top news stories this week are:
Giants LH Madison Bumgarner is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a left hand fracture.
Twins 3B Miguel Sano not suspended for an off-the-field incident.
Mets OF Michael Conforto is ahead of schedule to return from shoulder injury. The team expects him back by May 1.
Red Sox RH Steven Wright is serving a 15-game suspension for an off-the-field incident. Red Sox C Christian Vasquez received a contract extension through 2021.
Yankees OF Aaron Judge may start the season in the leadoff spot.
Marlins RH Dan Straily joins a depleted roster on the DL, with forearm tightness and inflammation.
Mets RH Seth Lugo figures to be a starter as RH Zack Wheeler was sent down to the 51’s.
Cardinals RP Luke Gregerson will start the season on the DL with a hamstring issue. RH Adam Wainwright will start the season on the DL with a hamstring strain.
Phillies signed highly-touted IF Scott Kingery to a six-year deal.
Joe D’s Rules on Betting Baseball: First, don’t ever lay above -$1.40. A few losses of -$1.40 or more puts you in the negative and in a spot where you must win. Next, shop around. A few pennies don’t sound like much but in a long, seven month season, with games every day, pennies add up.
Opening Day’s Best Bets
WIN Giants at Dodgers: The last four overall meetings in this series went UNDER the Total. UNDER is also 10-2 in Clayton Kershaw’s last 12 starts vs. the Giants. UNDER
LOSS Red Sox at Rays: Sox are 5-1 in Chris Sale’s L6 starts vs. the Rays, while Tampa Bay is 3-11 in Archer’s L14 starts vs. Boston. The Rays lineup is mediocre at best. SOX (RL)
2018 MLB (1-1-0): 1-1-0