Quick Hits: MLB

Arizona: Leaders of the NL West despite an average start from Goldschmidt. AJ Pollock, leading them in nearly every offensive category, has been a monster along with Patrick Corbin. Best team in the NL to this point.

Atlanta: The funnest, most shocking story so far! The Baby Braves are killing it and could be here to stay. Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson and Ronald Acuna bring this team to life and Markakis and Freeman have been stable veterans leading them to the fourth best offense. 4 starters sub 3.70 ERA. Don’t Sleep on the NL East early season leaders!

Baltimore: It’s a bad time to be an Orioles fan and it’s going to get worse. Machado has been great and no one else has. Know what they means? Bye Bye Manny and Hello Rebuild. It’s ugly; 2nd worst in runs, 3rd worst ERA.

Boston: Great start, but the Yankees have gotten white hot which has stolen their thunder a bit but Mookie is the early season AL MVP and JD Martinez has looked like a great pickup hitting .345. Chris Sale, Porcello and Kimbrel have all been great on the mound

Chicago White Sox: They’re young and playing free but unfortunately, they don’t have enough talent to compete yet. Moncada, though his strikeout rate would break records, is having an All Star first half for them along with young SP, Reynaldo Lopez.

Chicago Cubs: Not the start we thought they’d have but they did this last year. Rizzo, Darvish and Russell have been awful out of the gates but everyone else has been on par. Don’t worry Cubbies fans, they’ll be ok. Patience. You know a lot about patience, amiright?

Cincinnati: Can you imagine playing a 162 game schedule and starting 7-24? That’s what the Reds have done to start 2017. Can’t even imagine how checked out they’ll be in July/August when they’re done in May. Positive? Jesse Winker is hitting decently?

Cleveland: All is good in Believeland. Not the record they may have wanted to start but this division stinks, lucky for them. They can fiddle with stuff and work out the kinks. Slow hitting so far but great staff.

Colorado: Pitching has never been a Rockies strength but Chad Bettis has been great so far. Hitting depth with Arenado, Blackmon, Story and LeMahieu is unreal and they could be a threat to win the West with Seager out in LA.

Detroit: Probably playing a little above expectations to start but Cabrera has been fine, Castellanos is trending up and Michael Fulmer is a number 1. Don’t expect much in terms of success this season.

Houston: Long term, they’re better than the Angels despite being in second. Great pitching, huge bats all over the lineup. Three pitchers with a sub 1.80 ERA, the league’s best ERA and Altuve is hitting .330. Repeat candidates.

Kansas City: The Royals stink. Moustakas with 8 HR early but KC is that scrappy, bad team that will be an annoyance all year and be a spoiler down the stretch. Worst ERA, 26th offense.

LA Angels: What a situation in LA. Pujols barely getting attention for 3,000 hits, Ohtani lovers and haters everywhere, best player in baseball. Good lineup but pitching is the big question mark.

LA Dodgers: Uh ohhh. 3 games under .500, struggling early, 2-5 in Kershaw starts and MVP candidate, Corey Seager is done. Who knows where the Dodgers go from here.

Miami: They have a top 5 pitcher in the NL to this point in Jarlin Garcia but another team that just flat out stinks. They don’t even have fans to get them through being bad. And it’s hot. And they’re awful.

Milwaukee: Love Milwaukee. Lead the Central while hitting injury issues and they haven’t hit full stride yet. Yelich and Cain will be huge all year. Also boast the 3rd best ERA in the Majors.

Minnesota: One of the biggest disappointments to start the year. Average pitching and nobody besides Eduardo Escobar has been hitting well. I’m 104% sure most of you don’t even know who that is. Wake up Buxton, Dozier and Sano.

NY Mets: Great first 12 but have cooled off. All in all, they’re a pretty average lineup with great pitching that can make them dangerous. Could be a dog fight in the NL East with the Nats struggling.

NY Yankees: White hot. Stanton and Sanchez haven’t hit stride yet but other guys are picking up the slack early. Especially Didi, Austin and Judge. Luis Severino has been great and Chapman is unhittable. One underrated theme: bad fielding.

Oakland: Lowrie would be Top 5 in MVP voting to this point, Matt Chapman is showing signs of being a stud and they love the long ball. Sean Manaea has been great on the bump but Oakland will have a tough time through a full 162.

Philadelphia: Nice start in Philly. Odubel and Hoskins are killing the ball along with timely hits from depth guys in the order. Nola and Arrieta could be the best 1-2 punch in the NL at the end and Pivetta is a nice 3 early on.

Pittsburgh: Raise that Jolly Roger! Much like the Mets, hot then cold. Polanco and Bell have struggled but Moran looks like a nice get in the Cole deal and Corey Dickerson has been good to start. Pitching is a big if everyday it feels like.

San Diego: Shocker that Eric Hosmer didn’t come in and make them a playoff contender! He has been pretty good along with ROTY candidate Carlos Villanueva (.300 9HR) and Lucchesi and Ross have been more than serviceable.

Seattle: Four guys hitting near .300 but the pitching is atrocious. Mitch Haniger has been a top 10 player in the AL and Dee Gordon gets on base at a crazy rate right now. All on pitching: 4.64 ERA.

San Francisco: 3 ER in 32 IP for Johnny Cueto. Playing decent and again, the NL West is wide open with Seager out. Need Longoria and Cutch to get back to their standard numbers/get hot.

St. Louis: No franchise is better at producing homegrown talent and now DeJong and Pham are examples of that. Their staff found a gem in Miles Mikolas and Carlos Martinez is an ace. Should fight with the Cubbies and BrewCrew all year.

Tampa Bay: Sold the farm but a few guys have stepped up to make them respectable. Cron, Mallex Smith and Daniel Robertson have been pleasant surprises at the plate while Blake Snell has been what they expected him to be. What is wrong with Chris Archer, though?

Texas: Nomar Mazara has gotten off to a nice start but that’s about it. Joey Gallo IS 2018. .220, billion Ks and a billion HR. Average pitching and they’re just going to mosey along. Worst fielding team in MLB with 28 errors.

Toronto: Estrada and Stroman struggling but other than that they’ve been playing well. A very different feel from the Bomber Jays of old but Solarte and Pillar are hitting well and now they get Donaldson back and they’re third in the MLB in runs.

Washington: Another early season surprise. The Nats are in 4th in the NL East. Odds are they’ll be fine but sluggish out of the gate and a tougher division than they thought. Harper gets on base half the time but they need a healthy Eaton and Rendon and a better Zimmerman. Great pitching so far led by Scherzer.

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