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Holy crap this May schedule is all the bad teams.  Something like 3 games all month vs team with winning record (Houston).  All others against the bottom dwellers.  Time to make hay because June starts off with the top teams of the AL East.

A win’s a win, but these games have all been pretty close. That doesn’t bode well for next month.

It’s fun to watch a team get timely hits like they have been doing, but I doubt their ability to beat good teams with better pitching or even make the playoffs. They have some good young players and hopefully a bright future…that makes them entertaining to watch at least.

What are they going to do with Sano? He’s been a frustrating player for me to watch over the years. A guy with a low batting average and high strike out count can make up for all of that with one swing of the bat, but he’s 29 years old now. I don’t see him ever getting to that next level of pushing his season average up to a respectable level and hitting in key situations. Maybe there are stats out there to justify his position on the team, but I’m pulling back from supporting his roster spot.

Well right now he’s on the 60 day IL so they don’t have to do anything with him for quite a while. My guess is he’ll be on the shelf until at least mid-July, maybe late July. Then he’d need a rehab stint in the minors before they have to make a decision.

He was hitting the ball pretty hard (when he was making contact) this season before he got surgery on his torn meniscus. That’s typically a good indicator that as the weather warmed up the ball would start flying into the stands/into the gaps a bit more.

He has a team option for the 2023 season which it seems is unlikely to be picked up at this point barring him returning and hitting .300/.375/.500 type numbers down the stretch (it wouldn’t be the first time he’s put together an insane two month run). Seems more likely that he’ll be a free agent after the 2022 season and sign elsewhere.

The bigger concern for me long-term is if Kirilloff, the heir apparent at 1B, can get his wrist issue figured out. He’s been sapped of his power and ability to drive the ball since the injury and it appears that the surgery he had last season did not help much.