Granted it’s early, but Baseball is actually fun (unless you’re a San Francisco Giant fan sweating out a lead in the 8th and 9th innings waiting for inevitable blow up). We’re about a dozen games into the MLB season right now, so I thought I’d kinda take a look to see how things are going. But before I start, I gotta tell ya that the folks in the Washington & Baltimore area have got to be going crazy with happiness at how both their teams have started.
AL East. Baltimore started off in first place and still hold a decent enough lead, but Toronto and Tampa (.207 TEAM BA!) have won three in a row. Baltimore is hitting the tar off the ball and is #1 in the AL with 25 HR AND .285 TEAM BA.
AL Central. Surprise, Kansas City is in the lead at 9-4, but the real surprise here is that Cleveland is sitting above .500. That ain’t bad. Minnesota woke up and broke off four in a row after starting off 0-9, and damn near pulled off a comeback yesterday. They are strong at Target Field.
AL West. Texas has a one game lead on…wait for it…OAKLAND??? What’s up with Houston being 5-9? Come on now Astros, shake yourselves, but if that’s a dream don’t wake rookie Tyler White (.348, 4 HR, 11 RBI) up yet! Anaheim went and got swept by 0-9 Minnesota!!!
NL East. Washington leads sitting at 10-3, but don’t worry folks, I’m skeptical enough of this group, but I gotta be fair, with Dusty Baker leading the charge there, they may break out of their bad habits. But one thing you can’t blast them for is their pitching. Once again, they are leading MLB, this season with a TEAM 2.14 ERA.
If you want something positive to come out of Miami, they’re hitting .269 as a team. Unfortunately and surprisingly this team is 21st in team ERA with a 4.38.
NL Central. Now THIS is a surprise – Chicago is already FOUR games up in this division? Well, part of that is their pitching too, sitting at a TEAM 2.15 ERA. Want another shock? Dexter Fowler is batting .375 on 48 AB.
But the bigger question is this – what the hell is going on in St. Louis, whose sitting at 7-7 right now.
NL West. This is a damn crap shoot.
- Give the devil his due, freaking LA’s pitching is on fire. I watched their rookie Maeda and he’s got the goods. Same with Stripling who in 13 innings has a 2.03 ERA, but no wins to show, and this is the kid that no-hit the Giants and was pulled after a walk in the 8th.
- Colorado is in first right now based on the strength of their hitting, but remember, they got SMOKED at Wrigley. This kid Story out in Denver is the story of the early season, that’s for sure.
- San Francisco is only 1.5 games back, but their relief pitching is nothing more than a gas can waiting to be lit off, and they’ve made some critical errors at some of the worst possible times. That’s a shame considering their starting pitching and their hitting.
- The Zonies have timely hitting, but they should be doing better.
- I heard a dude yesterday say that he’s been a Padres fan forever and that this is the worst he’s ever been embarrassed by them.
- Home Runs. So many people have already hit four or more homers, 11 players have hit five or more, including that kid Story from Colorado.
- In addition to SEVEN dingers, Bryce Harper already has 20 RBI.
- Murphy in Washington is at .422 (45 AB), while Manny Machado in Baltimore is sitting at .392 (51 AB), with Trumbo in Baltimore sitting at .383 (47 AB).
- Stolen Bases. In addition to having a .304 BA and FIVE HR, Jose Altuve leads MLB with six steals.
- Eight pitchers have already notched three wins (3-0), while Noah Syndergard and Velasquez (PHI) have 29 strikeouts. Any other stats right now are irrelevant – it’s too early.
- Martinez in Detroit is two RBI’s away from 1000.
- Albert Pujols (yeah that guy) is one HR away from tying Reggie Jackson for 13th all time (563).
- Ichiro is sitting at 2939 hits and we hope will get 3000 at some point this Summer.
- Ichiro (again) is one stolen base away from 500 for his career.
*** Thanks to MLB.com for all the stats.
Conclusion. Look, I get it, Baseball isn’t for everyone. But the facts are that they are ushering in a new and exciting era. These rookies are very promising, and this isn’t just Boston and New York, despite what the media would have you believe.
Have fun with this season, delve into the stats (if you’re into numbers) and just enjoy the Summer with a little bit of Baseball, because I truly believe that this season is gonna be fun.