MLBits: Dodgers' Woes, Will Kershaw Opt-Out? Reyes Working His Way Back, Pollock, Jimenez, More

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MLBits: Dodgers’ Woes, Will Kershaw Opt-Out? Reyes Working His Way Back, Pollock, Jimenez, More

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There’s a lot to get to in these MLBits today – not to mention a game coming up shortly – so let’s skip the fancy intro and go straight to the main course.

Here’s some news from around the league …

  • Mercifully, the Dodgers got the day off yesterday, after being swept in four straight by the Cincinnati Reds … in Los Angeles. Baseball is strange enough that any team can beat any other team on any given day, but I don’t think anyone in their right mind would’ve bet that the 1) Reds, of all teams, were going to 2) sweep the 3) Dodgers, of all teams, in 4) four straight games, at 5) Dodger Stadium this season. That is an utter low-point for Los Angeles, who now sit 7.5 games out of first place in the NL West.
  • Indeed, things have gotten so bad that we’re officially at Q&As with Andrew Friedman levels. Feel free to click through and read along to make yourself feel better about the Cubs start (which hasn’t really been that bad, especially by comparison).

  • He’ll be back at some point, but I do wonder how teams will value him come November.
  • No matter how much I try to stop it, Eloy Jimenez continues his march to the Major Leagues and remains as likable off the field as he is talented on it. At The Athletic, James Fegan writes that Jimenez is the type of player everyone feels inspired to nickname. From “Lamantha,” to “The Big Baby,” to “The Big Equalizer,” to “E,” to “Da Bess,” I’m growing more jealous every day. So if you’re interested and able, check out this piece at the Athletic for some Q&As with Jimenez and a final line that’ll leave your stomach in knots: “See you soon in Chicago.”
  • Alex Reyes is working his way back to the Cardinals, where he could be a very significant upgrade in the rotation (or in the bullpen) when he returns. Indeed, in his second rehab start, Reyes struck out 12 batters (in A-ball, but still) over five innings. He also touched 100 MPH and through 80 pitches (51 for strikes). He’s not expected back until late May or early June, but still … he looks strong and like he’s ticketed for the Cardinals rotation (which is currently without ace Carlos Martinez and has dealt with a struggling Adam Wainwright, who has, himself, been on the DL twice).
  • Baseball is broken:

  • Need more evidence?

  • None of that is even the slightest bit good for the longevity of the sport. And as much as it might pain us to say, changes to the rules/field/mound/ball/bats/whatever might soon be downright necessary. Unfortunately, the fact that offense is up right now is an issue:

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami