After a long offseason, Major League Baseball is back. The first week of play quickly reminded us about what we missed and what we might expect after an exciting first week. Here are some of the things we learned from the first week of play.
The Diamondbacks Offense is Very Good – Last season the Arizona Diamondbacks disappointed their fans losing 93 games when most expected them to challenge for a playoff spot after adding Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller. Through the first week of play this season, the Diamondbacks have shown the rest of the league that they intend to just outscore everyone.
Through their first 7 games, the Diamondbacks are hitting .313, have a team OPS of .873 and are averaging just under 7 runs a game. After taking 3 of 4 from the Giants to start the season, they swept the defending AL Champion Cleveland Indians, who were coming off a sweep of Texas to start the season. Keep an eye out for Jeremy Hazelbaker who has 6 hits in his first 7 AB this season (an .857 BA).
Daniel Murphy has remained hot – After showcasing his talents to the rest of the baseball world in the 2015 postseason when hit homered in 6 straight games, Daniel Murphy continued his success in the 2016 season. Thanks to the exploits of Murphy (.347 BA, 25 HR, 104 RBI, .985 OPS), the Nationals won the NL East.
The results through the first week of 2017 show that 2016 was not a fluke. Through his first 6 games, Murphy was hitting .480 with a 1.220 OPS.
The Yankees Young Studs Start Slow – Much was made of the Yankees exciting group of young players through the spring. The first week of the season has shown us that we need to have patience with them.
Through the first 6 games Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Aaron Judge were hitting a combined .145 (8-55) with 16 K. Things also got a little worse for the group now that Sanchez is out for 4 weeks with a muscle strain.
Walk offs Were Many – the first week of the MLB season brought us our share of walk off wins. From Chris Owings single on Opening Night and Cesar Hernandez single on Sunday, to HR by Mark Trumbo, Sandy Leon, George Springer and Sterling Marte to Ryan Braun scoring on a wild pitch to the Angels rallying from 6 runs down and finally literal walkoffs by Brad Miller and Evan Gattis, this week has provided many exciting endings.
The Twins are better than they were in 2016 – Ok, it may be a bit too early to make postseason plans for them, but the Minnesota Twins have been a very pleasant surprise through the first week.
After sweeping the Kansas City Royals at home, the Twins took 2 of 3 from the White Sox in Chicago. The bigger surprise in their success so far is that they have done this with very little help from their 3-4 hitters, Joe Mauer and Byron Buxton, who have combined for just 5 hits in 41 AB.
How have they done so well? Their pitching. The Twins 2.04 ERA leads the majors entering Monday.