First To Third: Kershaw’s Return, He’s Coming, and Altuve’s Power Surge

First To Third: Kershaw's Return, He's Coming, & Altuve's Power Surge

First: The Return Of The Ace

Clayton Kershaw returns Monday night in a start against the Reds at home. He’ll be making his 2019 debut after signing a three-year $93 million dollar contract this offseason and then starting the year on the disabled list with left shoulder problems.

You know the accolades of Kershaw, he’s a three time Cy Young winner, 2014 MVP and has a lifetime 2.39 ERA. He has been struggling as of late though, both with injuries and results. His velocity is down, and he’s going to have to continue his progression into the re-invented version of himself to find the level of success he once had.

To: He’s Coming

Vladimir Guerrero Jr is far more than just the best prospect in baseball, he may be the best prospect ever, and he’s coming. Vlad Jr missed some time early this season with an injury, but is now 5-10 in AAA. Vlad watch is of course heating up by now and people are wondering when he’s going to be coming. The answer: any day now.

 

Third: Altuve May Be On Repeat Path

Jose Altuve, the 2017 AL MVP, is picking back up where that season left off after an injury plagued 2018. Altuve tied the major league record for second basemen when he hit his 5th home run in 5 days Saturday.

This season, Altuve is hitting .328 with seven home runs, 13 RBI and 12 runs. Altuve has always possessed more power than people would have expected, averaging 19 home runs per year with 24 in 2016 and 2017 each. Trout remains the laughable -175 favorite, but there’s plenty of value on Altuve at +1500.

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