The MLB Swarm AI returns from the All-Star break tonight holding its head high after an impressive 11-4 turn for last Friday’s session. The swarm, which hovered just below .500 in the second week of May, is now 40 games over .500 since then. After teams have taken five full days off, the entire league is playing tonight, and as usual the swarm is all over it.
In some ways, this unofficial start of the season’s second half is a bit like a more compact version of Opening Day. Players who didn’t head to Miami for the All-Star festivities were able to get a full week of rest and rehab on aching joints and muscles. Managers and general managers were able to step back a bit and assess their teams and get everything set for tonight’s contests that take us down the path to late summer pennant races.
As the researchers at Unanimous AI began preparing information for this week’s swarm, they noticed that the only MLB team to not set a starting pitcher for Friday was the New York Yankees. Many who cover the team (as well as Vegas sports books) assumed it would be Michael Pineda, who’d carried an 8-4 record in the season’s first half. To illustrate how cruel a game baseball can be, though, by Friday morning dire rumors were circulating among Yankee fans and reporters, and the bad news was soon confirmed. Pineda, presumed to be the Friday starter, would instead need Tommy John surgery on his elbow and miss the rest of the 2017 season.
That’s a huge blow to the 2nd-place Yankees, who start an important series tonight in Boston against their arch-rivals, the Red Sox. And although Jordan Montgomery (who is taking Pineda’s start tonight) has had a fine season thus far, as you can see above the swarm expects the Pineda injury news to hit the Bombers pretty hard. In this big AL East matchup, the UNU Swarm thinks tonight’s game belongs to the Sawx.
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