East Coast Baseball
Baseball season has started and there have been some surprises and disappointments. The Yankees and Red Sox opened the season at Fenway Park with the Red Sox winning a back and forth battle. That game was one of the better ones for the Red Sox, who so far have been a disappointment. With high expectations and a few offseason signings the Red Sox are only at .500. While the Yankees have won all but one series, with the one lost series coming against the Angels in Los Angeles. Robinson Cano has emerged as the biggest threat in the Yankee lineup hitting over .400 and leading the team in homeruns with 8. However, the Yankees trail the best team in the MLB in the Tampa Bay Rays with 17 wins. The Rays have done it with hitting, running, pitching, and defense. The Rays lead the league in ERA and runs scored. The Blue Jays and Orioles are both off to disappointing starts and look to be nonfactors in the AL East race.
The surprise Mets started off slowly but since the call up of first base prospect Ike Davis the Mets have taken over the NL East lead. On the past homestand the Mets went 9-1, including a three game sweep of the Dodgers. The Phillies started off as the hottest team in baseball but since an injury to Jimmy Rollins have been in a bit of a slump, going 4-5 on a nine game road trip. The most surprising team in the NL East has been the Washington Nationals, who will finish April with a winning record for the first time since 2005. The Nationals have been winning games by putting pressure on their opponents using their running game as they lead the majors in stolen bases. Jason Heyward started off strong but as most rookies perform has hit a bit of a slump. The Braves are 6 games under .500 and have been a bit of a disappointment thus far. The Marlins have been their normal selves playing .500 ball, but I expect them to pick up their play as the season goes on.