The First Month of the MLB Condensed

The MLB season thus far has been far from uneventful and there are no signs that this is going to change.

There aren’t many surprises at the top of the standings this year, but there are quite a few at the bottom.  Perhaps the biggest surprise has been that the defending world champions, the Boston Red Sox, are at the bottom of the American League East division with a record of 10-12.  The Arizona Diamondbacks, who by no means were expected to be great, have begun the season with a record of 6-18, coming out to a winning percentage of .250.  Of course, our beloved Pittsburgh Pirates cannot be forgotten.  Unfortunately, they also can’t win.  The Buccos are off to a 8-12 start, but it’s nowhere near the time to panic.  “We know we’re going to be better,” said center fielder Andrew McCutchen.  ”  We’re going to learn as a team and keep pushing forward.”

A bright side for the Pirates is that hometown hero Neil Walker is tied for second in the National League home run race with six dingers.  Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim leads the MLB in home runs with eight.  These are just two of the very impressive offensive performances to begin the season this year.  The Colorado Rockies have the country’s two leading hitters in Charlie Blackmon and Troy Tulowitzki, sporting .410 and .388 averages respectively.  Giancarlo Stanton of the lowly Miami Marlins leads the league in runs batted in with 27, and Dee Gordon of the Los Angeles Dodgers leads in stolen bases with 12.

On the pitching side of things, Mark Buehrle of the Toronto Blue Jays has gotten off to a soaring start.  He has four wins and a 0.64 earned run average, both good enough for at least a tie for the Major League lead.  Young gun Jose Ferndandez of the Marlins has 47 strikeouts, which is good for an early league lead.  Veteran Francisco Rodriguez leads the leagues in saves with nine.

In terms of controversy, Michael Pineda has been the center of attention.  This genius of an individual put pine tar on his arm early in the month to improve the movement of his pitches, and people weren’t happy.  Despite heavy criticism, in his most recent start, he put it on his neck and received a ten game suspension.  “It’s appropriate and expected,” said Yankees general manager, addressing the suspension.  “He made a mistake.  When you make a mistake, you own up to it and you turn the page.  I have full confidence he’ll do that.”  Another day, another Yankee scandal.

After only about twenty games, the season has been highly entertaining and shows no signs of changing.