Reyes, Greinke Injuries Shifts Futures Odds For Jays, Dodgers
Last week was a very painful one – literally – for two World Series contenders as the Blue Jays and Dodgers each lost a $100 million man for at least a few months.
Toronto saw four-time All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes severely sprain his ankle in Friday's game against Kansas City. Reyes, attempting to steal second in the sixth inning, rolled his left ankle on his trailing leg as he slid awkwardly into second; Reyes usually slides headfirst. He will miss three months.
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Of course the Jays got Reyes in that mega-trade with the Marlins this offseason. Toronto has been disappointing thus far, but Reyes, the 2011 NL batting champion, was terrific. He had a nine-game hitting streak with a .395 average, a homer, five RBIs and five steals before going down. As of now, the Jays will have outfielder Emilio Bonifacio hit leadoff in Reyes' spot, with some platoon of Munenori Kawasaki and Maicer Izturis at short unless GM Alex Anthopoulos can make another trade. Clearly those two would represent a huge downgrade from Reyes.
What Anthopolous also could do to help fill the offensive void is to return Jose Bautista to third base from the outfield and have Brett Lawrie move to second when he comes off the DL this week. Bautista's original position was third, although Lawrie played there last year and Bautista moved to the outfield. Lawrie would be an offensive upgrade over any second basemen the team has, and by opening a spot in the outfield, it allows Bonifacio to play out there every day.
The injury dropped the Blue Jays from +125 favorites to win the AL East to +250 at Bovada. They are still favored, but now slightly over the Red Sox (+300). Toronto has dropped to 13/2 to win the AL pennant and 12/1 to win the World Series.
Many believed the Dodgers vastly overpaid free agent Zack Greinke by giving him a $147 million contract this offseason, but the Dodgers had money to burn with their new TV deal. Whether it was a wise investment or not won't be known for a while as Greinke is expected to miss eight weeks after breaking his left collarbone Thursday against the Padres.
Greinke hit San Diego batter Carlos Quentin, who's well-known for crowding the plate and leaning into pitches, and Quentin charged the mound, with Greinke injuring the collarbone in the bench-clearing brawl. Quentin was suspended eight games, which he began serving Monday. That's probably a good thing because the Padres and Dodgers opened another series Monday night in L.A. The Dodgers would have been looking for retribution had Quentin played.
Greinke, who underwent surgery Saturday, had allowed two runs on seven hits in 11.1 innings this season. The Dodgers do have an excess of pitching, so Greinke's loss might not be devastating. Chris Capuano will make Greinke's scheduled start Tuesday against the Padres, which will have Live Play-by-Play Betting at the book. The Dodgers (+150) are no longer NL West favorites; the Giants are at +120. Los Angeles is 9/2 to win the pennant behind the Braves (15/4) and Nationals (4/1), and 10/1 to win the World Series.
Beating Marlins Doesn't Cure Halladay
The Phillies aren't going to contend for the pennant without a strong season from two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay. Thus it was rather concerning for the Phils when Halladay was rocked in his first two starts after not pitching well in spring training.
Philadelphia backers might feel a bit better after Halladay held the Marlins to one run on five hits in a win Sunday, his 200th career. However, that might be fool's gold. Halladay's velocity was still down, the Marlins look like one of the worst offensive teams in recent history and they didn't have Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup. Miami is last in MLB with 20 runs entering Monday and is the sixth team since 1900 to lose at least 10 of its first 12 games and score 20 or fewer runs. The last was the 2004 Nationals, who would lose 95 games.
Halladay is scheduled to make his next start Friday against the Cardinals, and that should be a better indicator on whether his struggles are over.
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