MLB’s most compelling trends on the Memorial Day signpost

It seems like only yesterday that Rob Manfred was canceling games (kind of) and there was uncertainty as to when, or if, the 2022 season would start. Blink twice and a quarter of the show has been played.

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the start of the pennant chase. Enough of the season has been played to start seeing the races for playoff spots and prize money. Still, we have more than a snapshot, but less than a complete image.

During Memorial Day weekend last year, for example, the Braves were a game under .500. They won the World Series. Mike Trout was two weeks into what was supposed to be a 6-8 week recovery from a calf injury. He never played again in 2021. Jacob deGrom had a 0.81 ERA and was mentioned in sentences with “Bob Gibson” and “1968.”

Néstor Cortés Jr. made his first appearance for the 2021 Yankees on Memorial Day weekend. Wander Franco was still three weeks away from making his major league debut. Bryce Harper was on the disabled list due to a forearm contusion, with seven home runs and few (no?) indicators that he was on his way to his second NL MVP award.

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