We are a month into the new MLB season and already we have seen some exciting moments. The beautiful thing about sports is that you never know what is going to happen during a game, especially within a sport like baseball. There is a lot of games to be played and everything is going to change but here are some of the biggest takeaways thus far through the first month of the season:
The Twins rotation is good?
-Many people believed that the Minnesota Twins would compete for a wild card spot this season with the way their offseason went. They added in Carlos Correa to their team, a move that signaled they weren’t okay with being bottom dwellers again. However, the perceived weakness of the Twins was supposed to be their pitching staff, yet through a month of the season, it has been anything but that. The Twins pitching staff comes in at number eight in the league in earned run average at 3.27. Their additions of Dylan Bundy, Chris Archer, and Chris Paddack have paved the way for this team to carve out a pretty decent rotation. They also traded for Sonny Gray, but he has been sidelined with an injury for much of the season so far. It remains to be seen if the Twins pitchers can keep this up but it is impressive nonetheless.
Are the Reds really this bad?
-Personally, I thought the Reds would be better than this and to be fair, injuries have played a part in their awful start to the season. Even at the worst projections, nobody thought they would be this bad. They are on pace to potentially have the worst record in baseball history, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier for this team. They started out well, taking two of four from the defending champion Atlanta Braves on the road in the season opening series but it has been downhill ever since. Cincinnati deserves better and honestly; it wouldn’t shock me if the Reds continued this horrid pace for the rest of the season.
Are the Rockies for real?
-Entering today, the Colorado Rockies hold a record of 14-10 and have played much better baseball than most expected. Colorado is never the worst of the worst, in part due to the hitters park they play in, but for them to be playing contending ball a month in is impressive. They are leading the MLB in total batting average and even took two of three from the heavyweight Dodgers to open the season. C.J. Cron and Randal Grichuk are hitting the ball all over the field and Kris Bryant had made his presence felt in the middle of their lineup. This team is no longer a pushover and even if this success doesn’t continue, they likely will be helping decide their division race.
Max Scherzer is still Max Scherzer
-The Mets envisioned Scherzer and Jacob DeGrom dominating hitters all year, but DeGrom has yet to even take the field for the team due to injury. Scherzer has picked up the slack and then some to remind everyone that he is still that guy. He is 4-0 with a 2.61 earned run average and has stuck out 42 batters through 31 innings pitched. This Mets team seems to be for real and Scherzer is one of the main reasons for their success. If he continues to pitch this way and DeGrom comes back healthy, watch out for New York.
Who leads the MVP race to this point?
-There have been a few players in each league that deserve it but in the National League, I have to go with Manny Machado. It’s about time that he wins a MVP award and why not this season. Without Fernando Tatis Jr., Machado has the Padres right in the middle of the division race and is off to a great start. If he can keep this up, he should be the frontrunner in the National League.
Out in the American League, it has to be Jose Ramirez, right? The dude is flat out killing the baseball this season through the first month and absolutely should be the leading candidate. He is hitting .318 with seven home runes and 29 runs batted in. The Guardians may not have much success this season but Ramirez most definitely should win the award if he keeps this level of production up.