With the MLB season getting into the meat of the schedule, fans and organizations are starting to evaluate where their teams stand as the All-Star game, draft, and trade deadline approach.
Even with most of the focus on the field, there have been plenty of news stories off the field this week as well. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories around baseball.
This Is Probably It For Story In Colorado
According to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, we are probably seeing the end of shortstop Trevor Story’s tenure with the Colorado Rockies.
A free agent at the end of the season, Story is a likely candidate to be traded by the deadline this season. Even if he isn’t, though, Saunders reports that Story will likely not entertain returning to Colorado on a new deal.
All things considered, it is not altogether shocking that Story will likely move on after this season. Colorado is 24-66 in the N.L. West, 13.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants.
After trading away one of their cornerstones in Nolan Arenado (to the Cardinals over the offseason), a trade of Story only seems inevitable. The Rockies are longshots this season as they are +30000 to win the division and the World Series.
For his part, the 28-year-old Story is hitting .255/.322/.424 this season with five home runs, 23 runs batted in, 26 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 184 at-bats.
There are a number of teams that could call on his services both at the trade deadline and in the offseason when he hits free agency.
Couple Stars Hit The Injured List
Unfortunately, this week didn’t go by without seeing a handful of injuries to star players.
For the Baltimore Orioles, starting pitcher, John Means hit the injured list after straining his pitching shoulder. Luckily, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, no structural damage was found from an MRI that was taken.
At 21-38, Baltimore already sits 16 games back in the A.L. East and is not likely to contend. In fact, they are +30000 to win the division.
Still, it could be a blow to the team as Means was a potential trade chip for them. He has pitched well this season, going 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA, 0.831 WHIP, and has struck out 69 in 71 innings.
Means will be shut down for the next week or so and then reevaluated by the team.
Another player hitting the injured list this week is San Francisco Giants’ third baseman, Evan Longoria. He is expected to miss several weeks after spraining his left shoulder.
The injury occurred when he and shortstop Brandon Crawford collided during a game on Saturday.
The 35-year-old Longoria is hitting .280/.376/.516 with nine home runs, 30 runs batted in, and 28 runs scored for the red hot San Francisco Giants.
In fact, the Giants have the best record in all of baseball at 37-22 and lead a loaded N.L. West division by two games. Currently, the Giants are +1200 to win the division and +3800 to win the World Series.
Brewers Send Hiura Back Down To The Minors
For the second time this season, the Milwaukee Brewers are optioning Keston Hiura to Triple-A Nashville.
For a team that has propelled themselves to first in the N.L. Central, Hiura has been one of the few disappointments on the team. After hitting .303/.368/.570 with 19 home runs, 49 runs batted in, and 51 runs scored in 314 at-bats in 2019 as a rookie, he has faltered since then.
This season, in 108 at-bats, he is hitting just .130/.217/.222 with one home run, five runs batted in, and nine runs scored.
At just 24-years-old, the Brewers are obviously not giving up on the talented infielder. Still, as they compete for the N.L. Central, they can’t afford for him to continue to struggle at the major league level. The Brewers hope that some more time in the minors can allow him to make the necessary adjustments.
At 33-26, the Brewers are currently the favorites to win the N.L. Central at +120 and are +2200 to win the World Series.