One Week In
One week in the books, 24 more to go, but with the Red Sox sporting a game and a half lead in the ever treacherous AL East I’m feeling pretty good. I know I didn’t pick the hometown team to win the East this year, or even qualify for the playoffs as a wild card team, so I’m enjoying the hell out of this Boston team right now.
They’re rockin’ a major league second best run differential of +19 and their no. 1 & 2 starters are both 2-0 with microscopic ERA’s. This is a team nobody picked to redeem themselves after a humbling 93 losses last year. So far they’ve exceeded expectations, and that’s a really good feeling.
I know, I know, it’s only been a week, but I don’t care. I like what I’ve seen of these Red Sox and I’m feeling encouraged. Even if it doesn’t pan out for them over the course of the long season, they’re delighting Red Sox nation now, at the beginning of the year, restoring a modicum of hope to the fans that have suffered for the last two years. (sorry Pirates fans, I know you’re suffering is a whole lot more, but Red Sox nation just isn’t used to losing ways.)
While the Red Sox are definitely a surprise so far, the fact that Toronto is occupying the AL East basement comes as a huge surprise. Here’s the team that was slated to go all the way. They loaded up in the off season with top notch pitching and offensive pieces that has had the baseball world wetting themselves over the possibilities. But it just ain’t happenin’ yet up in the Canadian Province of Ontario.
My other favorite team the Detroit Tigers, are riding right where they should be, half a game out in the AL Central. Justin Verlander has been mortal, but Miguel Cabrera has started right where he left off last season, smacking the crap out of ball to the tune of a 393 BA, with 10 RBIs in 7 games. He’s a hell of a hitter.
Over in the NL I’m glad to see the Braves have stepped it up a bit and currently have the best record in the Major Leagues, and they’ve got Justin Upton tearing the cover off the ball. Leaving Arizona sure has freed him up. The chances are good he won’t keep up his torrid hitting for long, but then again maybe he’s finally figuring it out.
How about those Rockies? Tied for first in the NL West and tied with the Red Sox for second best run differential in baseball, here’s another team shocking the baseball world. They haven’t lost at home yet, and their pitching has been pretty good.
So it’s nice to see that some predictions and expectations are doing complete flip-flops this early in the year. It’s always nice to prove the pundits wrong. But again, it’s only been a week. Baseball has the ability to change suddenly and confuse and confound all of us that follow the game. Who would want it any other way.
Posted on April 9, 2013, in 2013, Blue Jays, Braves, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Rockies, Tigers and tagged baseball, boston team, hometown team, Justin Verlander, red sox nation, sports. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.