It seems incredible, but the first month of the 2023 MLB season is almost at the door. With this, some teams are already dealing with unexpected losses. They’ll try to muster through and stay on track, although it won’t be easy for some.
Ray Out for the Rest of the Season
Seattle Mariners ace Robbie Ray will be out for the rest of the season after suffering a left elbow injury. The tendon injury requires surgery, so he will miss the rest of the 2023 campaign. The loss will be difficult for the Mariners considering that Ray signed a 5-season, $115-million deal.
The 2020 Cy Young winner has had a shaky career between starts and relievers. Ray declined to remain with the Toronto Blue Jays after the 2020 season. Now 31, Ray could be facing the end of his career.
Seattle is facing the Philadelphia Phillies again today in the last of a 3-game series. They took the first before dropping the second, and are now in a tight spot. At 11-13, they’re getting off to a slow start, although the Phillies, at 12-13, aren’t much better.
Philadelphia has a chance to take another win today. Despite the Mariners’ overall success in the NL East (7-3 in their last 10), they’re struggling to find stability this season. The Phillies are 4-1 in their last five and, at 35-16, are overwhelmingly solid playing at home.
Springer Leaves Game vs. White Sox
Toronto Blue Jays star outfielder George Springer exited the game against the Chicago White Sox after receiving a pitch to his right hand. Michael Kopech’s pitch hit Springer, who stayed in the game to run the bases. Springer then scored courtesy of a double by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
The good news for Springer and the Blue Jays is that X-rays revealed no fractures. At the moment, this is a strong blow to the hand. Springer is expected to be day-to-day. Cavan Biggio took its place so it could take its place in the gardens. With Toronto’s depth in the outfield, Springer’s absence for a few days will be manageable.
The Blue Jays are off today, but the White Sox are facing the Tampa Bay Rays later this evening. Shane McClanahan seems to be the number one pick for AL CY Young and is turning up the heat for the Rays. Tampa is now 20-5 on the season and offers great value.
Given the current struggles of the Chicago White Sox (7-18), they’re not in a good place right now. That’s not going to change today, and the Rays will pick up another win.
Angels Find Solid Ground
The LA Angels are having a solid run, going 4-2 in their last six. However, they haven’t been stable this season, collecting 12 losses in 25 games. They face the Oakland A’s today, which is a bonus. The A’s are in worse shape and a win here could give the Angels more confidence.
The A’s have gone 5-20 since the start of the season, dropping 11 of their last 13 games. While they took Game 1 against the Angels in a high-scoring contest, the run ended there. The Angels took Game 2 by a score of 5-3 and then hammered them 11-3 in Game 3.
Oakland has proven that it isn’t capable of holding up on the road. They’ve lost 40 of their last 57 away games and are also 1-8 on Thursday nights. As a result, and with the Angels gaining ground, they’re poised to lose another game today.