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The MLB season is finally here, and already, teams are making statements. Injuries are holding the Yankees back somewhat, while the Red Sox have made the most of their offseason acquisitions. The Angels and Tigers are having a bit of trouble out of the gate, while the Mets, Diamondbacks and Rockies are all doing well. All teams have both won at least one game and lost at least one, and many teams are fine-tuning themselves to give themselves an edge, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, April 8 at 8:30pm:
The Rockies are 5-1, including wins in their last five, but that has so far been against Milwaukee and Pittsburgh, a combined 3-10 so far. That’s still a good showing, but they’ll still need to beat a few quality opponents and maintain a great record to make everyone believers.
The Upton brothers are paying dividends quickly for Atlanta, while Cincinnati has racked up wins against the Angels, Nationals and Cardinals. The Braves have face the Phillies and Cubs so far, though the Phillies aren’t what they were a few years ago. Atlanta has been playing very well to start the season, but with the hit list Cincinnati has been racking up, don’t be surprised to see them move on.
The Diamondbacks are 5-1, including taking two of three for St Louis. The Nationals, meanwhile, did well against the Marlins before hitting some trouble against Cincinnati. Both teams have skill, but in sudden death games, pitching can mean everything. In that respect, it’s hard not to like Stephen Strasburg.
After losing two straight to start the season, the Athletics rattled off five straight victories. Still, the Mariners and Astros aren’t exactly teams you can usually brag about beating. Even so, the Athletics had an excellent season last year and are continuing that to start this year. We’ll see if they can keep things going.
Boston‘s pitching has gotten a lot better so far, and their new acquisitions are starting to help out nicely. Other pieces are enjoying new life and adapting well to the new team. Chicago is leading a division where just one games separates first from last. To stand a chance, Chicago will need to shake Detroit first and foremost. And Cleveland has a very nice outfield and manager now too.
The Royals are in the running for now, but the Rangers have been contenders for the past few years now. They have plenty of pitching talent, capped off by closer Joe Nathan. Texas may have missed out in the Wildcard playoff last season, but Kansas City doesn’t have quite the balance Baltimore had last season, and Texas won’t lose in the same situation twice that easily.
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