The weekend of baseball has come and gone, and we’re onto the week ahead. We have Yasiel Puig back to his old antics, an ace injured longer, and some wild statistics that point out just how much baseball is built around variance. Let’s dig in!
First: Puig’s Antics Gave Us Art
We wouldn’t be able to recap the weekend without going over one of the most iconic photos I’ve ever seen on a baseball diamond thanks to Yasuil Puig, Derek Dietrich, and Chris Archer.
You can watch the full fight here.
Chris Archer is not doing himself any favors by shimmying off the mound after striking guys out and then throwing at batters for doing the same thing, which is just a very bad look for him. Archer is likely to get a game, Puig a few more, and there could be some other suspensions looming for both The Reds and Pirates.
— Tucker Barnhart (@Tucker_Barnhart) April 7, 2019
What we were left with was pure art.
To: Another Star Could Miss Even More Time
Yankees right-hander Luis Severino will undergo another MRI exam on his ailing right shoulder, a discouraging sign as he tries to work his way back from the injured list.
Severino “feels OK but not where he needs to be,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said before Monday’s game at Houston, adding that the 25-year-old will return to New York to be examined by Dr. Chris Ahmad.
Severino experienced discomfort behind his pitching shoulder and was scratched before he could make his Grapefruit League debut in early March. He originally underwent an MRI exam at that point, revealing rotator cuff inflammation. Severino had since resumed playing catch, but that progress now has hit a snag.
An All-Star in both of the past two seasons, Severino was slated to lead the Yankees’ rotation after going 33-14 with a 3.18 ERA and 450 strikeouts from 2017-18.