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MLB: Through Week Two (AL edition)

Posted on: April 21, 2009 4:51 pm

The MLB season has been pretty absurd so far.  Unlikely heroes.  Success.  Failure.  Terrible teams of old playing great.  Broken expectations and broken hearts.  Let's break it down -->

AL East

The Toronto Blue Jays sit comfortably on top of the AL East by 2 1/2 games.  By comfortably, I mean they don't really seem to be slowing down.  Sure, it poses a problem that they haven't even played any division games yet, but they do look impressive.  They open the division on May 1st with a series at home with Baltimore.  They play series with the Yankees and Red Sox near mid-May.  I'll reserve my judgement until then.  

As for the other teams:  The Red Sox look old.  The Yankees are underperforming like usual.  The Orioles, after starting the season 6-2, can't win a game.  And finally, the Rays from Tampa Bay have went back to their old ways and started to lose games.  They have one series win and even that wasn't very convincing.

AL Central

Three teams sit atop the Central with identical records:  Chicago, Kansas City, and Detroit.  Chicago just seems like they're accidentaly winning games.  They haven't really shown anything too convincing.  It's good to see Miguel Cabrera finally earning his money.  Right now, he's earning his money from last year too.  Batting almost .500, he is very confident.  

The White Sox of Chicago can't really seem to get anything going.  They are winning games and playing decent, they just can't gain any momentum with a streak.  Two in a row, let's find out if they can make me wrong.

Kansas City needs to keep up with the strong starting pitching.  They have a mediocre line-up so their rotation will have to carry them.  Greinke has yet to give up an earned run and no one seems to have an answer to him.  Twenty innings worth of batters will agree with me.  Three of the Royals losses have been by 1 or 2 runs.  Soria has four saves with many more to come.  The Royals look impressive so far.

As for the Indians and Twins, they have yet to play to their potentials.  With great line-ups, thye just can't seem to win more games than they lose.  There did seem to be life in the bats of the Indians, but the credit of that could go to wind-flow just as much as good contact.  The Twins just finished a sweep of the less-than-perfect Angels so we'll see how far they can ride this momentum.

AL West

Seattle looks pretty impressive in below average division.  They have been winning games and looking pretty good in the process.  Losing streak of 2 right now doesn't really concern too many people.  They open a series with a slumping Rays team tonight so they, if they still have that winning attitude, will snap out of their slight losing ways.

Oakland and Texas are hanging in there.  They're both only 2 1/2 games back, which, in this division, shouldn't be too hard to make up.  The Angels just got done with an awful series against the Twins which wrapped up a 1-5 road trip.  They play a good Detroit team at home.  We'll see if they can start to meet their preseason prediction.




Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2009 1:30 am

MLB: Through Week Two (AL edition)

Yeah...It's still extremely early.  I hope they turn it around.  The West could be a very good competition later in the year if their rotation can get healthy and seattle keeps it up.


Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2009 5:50 pm

MLB: Through Week Two (AL edition)

At this point I don't think anything can be said of the Angels. Injuries to 3 starting pitchers have not helped them thus far. Make that 4 including Adenhart, who wass the back up plan to Escobar, Santana and Lackey. We'll see how the Angels perform in May, when they should have there starting rotation as they want it.

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