After a long and cold (depending where you live) offseason, the marathon that is the MLB season is back. The season is only a week old, but a lot has happened in that week. Some teams who were picked to not do well this season have come out of the gates firing on all cylinders, while teams that were picked to potentially win the World Series have stumbled out of the blocks. No matter how good or bad your team has started, there is plenty of baseball to be played.
Let’s take a look at how each division has started.
A preseason World Series favorite in the Boston Red Sox are off to a 5-2 start after taking two of three from the Philadelphia Phillies and the hater divisional rival New York Yankees. Speaking of the Yankees, they are in a spot they aren’t accustomed to, tied for last. The other team in last is the Baltimore Orioles, who were picked by some to win the division or a wild card spot. The Tampa Bay Rays, who many have picked to finish last are currently sitting in second place. The Toronto Blue Jays are right in the middle at 4-3.
So far, it’s a two-team race between the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers. Kansas City is coming off a World Series appearance on which they were defeated by the San Francisco Giants in seven games. So far, no World Series hangover as the Royals are the MLB’s last remaining unbeaten team at 7-0. The Tigers started off 6-0 before losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on Monday. The Cleveland Indians, who are a playoff hopeful team this season, are off to a 2-4 start, the same as the Chicago White Sox, who hope to prove a lot of people wrong this season. The Minnesota Twin bring up the rear of the division at 1-6.
Most of the divisions are going to be close after the first week of the season, but right now, none are closer than the AL West as all are within a game of each other. The Oakland Athletics lead re division with a 4-4 record with the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros follow with 3-4 records. The Texas Rangers sit in last at 3-5.
Nobody gave the Atlanta Braves much of s chance after they traded most of their core talent away to start the rebuild mode process, but they started off the season with a 5-1 record. The Washington Nationals, who were a preseason World Series favorite are off to a not-so-hot start, coming out with a 2-5 record. The Miami Marlins spent a boatload of money in the offseason and so far, their investments haven’t paid off as they are 1-5. The Philadelphia Phillies (3-4) and New York Mets (4-3) are off to solid starts.
This division got started with a pair of divisional sweeps involving the Cincinnati Reds. In the opening series of the season, the Reds swept the Pittsburgh Pirates, who many believe will continue to take steps forward. Over the weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals swept the Reds. The Chicago Cubs, who are hoping to make huge strides this season currently lead the division at 4-2 with the Milwaukee Brewers in last at 2-5.
Aside from the Braves, the Colorado Rockies might be the story of the young baseball season. Last year Colorado finished 66-96. This year they are off to a 5-2 start. If Carlos González and Troy Tulowitzki can both stay healthy, this team will be alright. Unlike the Royals, the reigning, defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants are off to a slow start at 3-5. The San Diego Padres made a lot of moves this offseason and so far, so good as they are 4-3 and in second place in the division. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers – a team with a ton of talent – are tied in the middle of the pack at 3-3.
Whether your team is off to a hot start or a slow start, just remember one thing; relax, the season is only a week old.