We are seven days out and counting until the 2021 baseball season will begin with a full slate of games. Teams are finalizing their opening day starters and some injuries are starting to crop up. Here is a look at some of the stories you may have missed from the past week in baseball, beginning with Carlos Carrasco.
-The New York Mets will be minus pitcher Carlos Carrasco to start the season. Carrasco was being counted on to bolster a Mets pitching staff that underachieved in 2020. He pulled his hamstring running sprints in the outfield and consequently will miss the first six to eight weeks of the season.
Carrasco came to the Mets from the Indians in the Francisco Lindor trade this off-season.
The Mets will go with Jacob DeGrom, Marcus Stroman, Taijuan Walker, and David Peterson as their starters to open the season. Joey Lucchesi and Jordan Yamamoto will compete for the last spot in the rotation.
-In other Mets news, newly acquired shortstop Francisco Lindor says that he will test the free-agent market this off-season unless he has a new contract by opening day.
Lindor and the Mets are clearly not close on a new contract. Lindor says he will not negotiate with the Mets past opening day.
A contract in the 300 million dollar range for Lindor is well within reason, and the Mets are willing to pay that kind of money. Lindor has proven to be one of the top five shortstops in baseball, and the Mets are indeed willing to pay that kind of money to Lindor.
Lindor also had this to say about the negotiations. “I have never negotiated a contract during a season. Never. I’ve always said before spring training, but once it gets to a point in spring training, it’s time to enjoy the ride and focus on winning, and that’s the only thing I should be focusing on, not how much money I’m going to get.”
-Toronto Blue Jays top prospect Nate Pearson will open the season on the DL with a strained groin. Pearson was expected to open the season as part of the Blue Jays rotation but will now be rehabbing his strained groin.
Hyun Jin Ryu, Robbie Ray, Steven Matz, and Tanner Roark will make up the Toronto rotation to open the season.
-Domingo German has all but secured the fifth spot in the Yankees rotation. German has worked nine innings and has yet to give up a run.
-Basketball star Lebron James is also expanding his business portfolio by becoming a part-owner of the Boston Red Sox. Additionally, The Fenway Sports Group’s deal makes James and his business partner Maverick Carter the first black owners of the Red Sox.
James and Carter are investors with the RedBird Group, who purchased 11 percent of the Red Sox from principle owner John Henry Johnson.
Vlad Guerrero Jr.
-Vlad Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays wants to help his team out by being more versatile defensively and that evidently includes possibly playing third base.
Guerrero Jr. lost 42 pounds in the off-season and was primarily the Blue Jays DH while also playing some first base last season
With the weight loss, the 21-year-old Guerrero Jr. is open to playing third base in addition to first base. Guerrero Jr. hit .262 with nine homers and 31 runs batted in last season.
Over/Under Win Totals
-The over/under on the 2021 win totals for every MLB team is out, and to no one’s surprise, the Los Angeles Dodgers lead the field with a win total of 103.5
Here are the over /under win totals for the top teams in baseball.
White Sox 90.5
Blue Jays 86
The bottom three teams