BASEBALL!!!!!!!!! by Brian Eisner

If you weren’t aware, the MLB’s opening day was on Monday (well, technically it was earlier, but for the vast majority of teams, it was Monday)! Whether your favorite team is the Seattle Mariners, the Los Angeles Angels, the Pittsburgh Pirates, or, god forbid, the St. Louis Cardinals or the Boston Red Sux, the opening day of the season is always an exciting time. Of course, the two biggest positives were than the Mariners won and the Red Sux lost. That’s enough to cheer me up for an entire day.

Speaking of the Mariners…man, they’ve looked good so far! Currently the only team with 3 or more wins and no losses, their offense has shined so far. Robinson Canó has been fantastic, as expected from a man who signs a 10-year contract for lots of money and has been the best second baseman in the MLB for a few years running now. However, it’s not only him who has helped this team get off to its hot start. Brad Miller, the starting shortstop, has been wonderful as well, racking up 2 home runs with a .333 OBP, and Justin Smoak, the perennial disappointment, has been even better, also with two home runs, 7 RBIs, and a massive .500 OBP, while already accumulating 0.4 WAR in just 3 games. Let’s not forget that two of these performances came against two very good pitchers: Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson.

That doesn’t even take into account the Mariners’ pitching this year so far. Their opponent for all their games so far this year, the Angels, has easily the best player in baseball (Mike Trout), along with many other hard hitters such as Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols. Despite this, King Félix, Erasmo Ramírez, and the rookie James Paxton have been able to shut down the lineup to the tune of 4 earned runs overall so far, and with Taijuan Walker and Hisashi Iwakuma predicted back from the DL early in the season, the rotation looks to be that of a legitimate contender to make it to the playoffs.

Let us also remember that the Mariners as a team have by far the highest WAR in the MLB so far with 1.5, beating the second-place Phillies by 0.4. Also, for a little bit of shameless gloating, my fantasy team is currently in 1st place in my league.

 

MLB notebook:

  • Giancarlo Stanton has stolen a base…he stole one all of last year.
  • The Yankees are 0-2 so far. Welp.
  • José Reyes is already on the DL after one game. Nothing ever changes, I guess.
  • Bobby Parnell may have avoided Tommy John surgery, but José Valverde appears locked into the closer role for the Mets for the near future.
  • Aroldis Chapman may beat his timetable for recovery from the frightening injury he sustained in spring training.
  • Bryce Harper is OK after a scary moment on opening day, where he slid into the shin of an opposing player.
  • Neftali Felíz is starting the year in the minors, with Joakim Soria winning the closing job in Arlington.

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