The MLB season is 20 games in the books, and there have already been some big surprises and some disappointments in this early season. The two New York teams are certainly a surprise. The Yankees are 11-8. While not a super great record, it’s good enough for 1st place in the AL East, currently tied with the Rays. A-Rod leads the team with a .405 OBP and is just one HR shy of tying Willie Mays for 4th place on the all-time list. Mark Teixeira is a surprise with 8 HR’s and 18 RBI, both 2nd in the AL.
The Mets are also playing well. Their 14-5 record is best in the Majors, and they already have a 4.5 game lead over the 2nd place Braves, who are currently 9-9. Over in the NL Central, the Cardinals have a 2 game lead over the Cubs and Pirates, but that may disappear quickly as their ace Adam Wainwright is lost for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury. The biggest disappointment so far has to be the preseason favorite Nationals. They are just 7-12 and already 7 games back of first place as they share the cellar with the Philadelphia Phillies.
They just can’t seem to hit, field, run or pitch. They just got swept by the Miami Marlins, the laughing stock of the MLB the first two weeks. They have went from 1 to 9 to 13 to now 16th in the power rankings. I think they will get it going, but they will have a hard time winning the division if the Mets stay consistent. They may have to start thinking wild-card already. Well, the season is still young, still plenty of baseball to be played; check in next week to see if the Royals (12-6) still hold the #1 power ranking spot.