This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Some of the biggest challenges we face is finding new and useful topics to discuss pertaining to the 2020 baseball season. Easily the No. 1 question I get asked is, when do you think the season will begin? Most of my fellow columnists get the same question, and all of us, unfortunately, have to give the same answer – we really have no idea, but our best guess might be right, but please keep in mind, that is pure speculation. We wish we knew. The MLB brain trust really wishes they knew. But, there are still far too many variables. We'll keep trying, and we'll continue to do all we can to help readers prepare for a season (I do feel strongly that there will be one) that promises many twists and turns. There are so many things to look at, so let's go.
On the mend; stock on the rise: It's unlikely many players would consider this delay to the start of the regular season beneficial by any definition, but there are several pitchers who are heading for an Opening Day on the active roster despite injuries. We don't yet know when the season will commence, but June may be a best-case scenario, and July could be even more realistic, and that is giving some of the pitchers listed below time to get healthy. Not surprisingly, their stock is (and should be) on the rise. Consider these status changes just like you normally would in February and March, moving