Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pleasant (And Unpleasant) Surprises This MLB Season

            There have been plenty of newsworthy items this season with more to come. There's also been plenty of teams who are playing well along with teams who aren't.

(Pleasant Surprise) Colorado Rockies: Led by the unlikely hero who's carving out his own 'story', the Rockies are 6-5 to start the season. SS Trevor Story (.300, seven home runs, 13 RBI) has been very impressive to start the season. Having Carlos Gonzalez (.375, four home runs, ten RBI) and Nolan Arenado (five home runs, 15 RBI) helps as well.
(Pleasant Surprise) Baltimore Orioles: Mark Trumbo (.386, five home runs, 11 RBI) and Manny Machado (.383, four home runs) are leading an Orioles lineup that is hitting the most home runs in baseball (23 home runs so far). Chris Davis (five home runs, ten RBI) has also helped in the longball barrage, earning every cent of his new contract (at least so far).
(Pleasant Surprise) Chicago White Sox: All the hype this preseason has surrounded the team from the North Side. However, the South Siders have been making some noise of their own. The Sox have started 8-4 thanks to stellar starting pitching. It's not just Chris Sale (2.35 ERA, 0.78 WHIP in three starts) that has been outstanding. Mat Latos (0.75 ERA, 0.50 WHIP in two starts) has provided immediate rotation help along with Jose Quintana and Carlos Rodon.
(Unpleasant Surprise) Houston Astros: Yes, Tyler White (.375, four home runs, 11 RBI) has been outstanding for the Astros so far. Dallas Keuchel (2-1, 2.18 ERA in three starts) hasn't lost a step from his Cy Young season last year. However, the Astros are dead last in the AL West with a record of 4-8 due to a team ERA that is 27th in baseball (4.93). The pitching's also 24th in WHIP (1.41) and 25th in opposing batting average (.273).
(Unpleasant Surprise) Minnesota Twins: What was a season filled with promise and hope has turned into a deflating reality for the Twins. Minnesota's started the season by losing their first nine games. The Twins are dead last in runs scored (25) and 26th in team batting average (.215). Joe Mauer's (.366) doing well, though!!
(Unpleasant Surprise) New York Mets: The defending NL champions haven't stormed out of the gate. They've missed Jacob DeGrom for a couple starts because DeGrom had to tend to his sick child. The Mets haven't been able to take advantage of a weak NL East, having lost four straight to the Marlins and the Phillies at one point. However, the Mets have won three of their last four.

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