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MLB News; Tatis Goes Off Against Dodgers, Blue Jays Lose One Star but Could Get Another Back, and Yelich Continues To Miss Games

Early in the season, there have been some amazing plays by some of the youngest and brightest stars throughout the game. Adding to the intrigue, there are some division favorites who have been struggling and some long shots prospering.

While we are just over a tenth of the way through the season, it has shown us early on that this season should be a good one.

With so much focus on the field, let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from around the league this week.

Tatis Goes Off Against Dodgers

We are quickly finding out that anytime the Padres and Dodgers match up, it will be must-see television. This was very clear on Sunday as the two went extra innings, with San Diego ultimately winning in the 11th inning.

In fact, the Padres had to fight back to win as they were trailing 7-1 going into the seventh inning.

Even beyond the two teams as a whole, Fernando Tatis Jr. is a must-watch. In the last three games of the series, Tatis has hit a whopping five home runs against the Dodgers.

This season, Tatis is now hitting .246/.338/.632 with seven home runs.

The Padres were able to win the series with the Dodgers despite playing in Los Angeles. Through seven games between the two teams, San Diego has won four of the seven.

Currently, the Padres are +400 to win the division while the Dodgers are -600 to win the N.L. West.

Blue Jays Lose One Star, Could Get Another Back

The Toronto Blue Jays currently sit at 10-11, three games behind the Boston Red Sox for the top spot in the American League East. They also have the third-best odds to win the division at +550.

Unfortunately, their outlook took a hit on Sunday as ace Hyun Jin Ryu had to leave the game due to a right glute strain.

While he has not been placed on the injured list and hopes to make his next start, an extended absence from Ryu is not something the Blue Jays can afford. This season, he is currently 1-2 in four starts with a 3.00 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and has struck out 21 in 24 innings.

The Blue Jays’ pitching has been hit hard with injuries as, in addition to Ryu, Kirby Yates, Julian Merryweather, Nate Pearson, Jordan Romano, and others are all on the injured list.

Despite the injuries, the Blue Jays currently rank fourth in the majors in runs allowed per game at 3.60.

While things are bleak on the pitching front, there is hope that their big offseason acquisition, George Springer, will be able to make his debut this week. According to manager Charlie Montoyo, he could return on Tuesday.

Last season, with the Astros, Springer hit .265/.359/.540 with 14 home runs, 32 runs batted in, and 37 runs scored in 189 at bats.

Currently, the Blue Jays rank 19th, averaging 4.10 runs per game.

Yelich Continues To Miss Games

The Milwaukee Brewers currently sit first in the N.L. Central, two games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals. Much of that success, though, has come without star outfielder Christian Yelich.

Yelich has been out since April 11 as a result of a back injury and was put on the injured list on April 17. According to manager Craig Counsell, an MRI did not show any significant issues. Still, Yelich was not able to return after his 10-day stint.

Last season, Yelich hit a disappointing .205/.356/.430 despite putting up 12 home runs and 39 runs scored. He got off to a better start this season, going 10 for 30, but he has been out since.

At +120, the Brewers are currently the favorite to win the N.L. Central.

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