Biggest Surprises at 20 Games
With most Major League Baseball teams playing their 20th games tonight, I thought I would take a look at some of the biggest surprises so far in the big leagues.
C – Josh Thole (NYM): .362/.464/.447
1B – Bryan LaHair (CHC): .364/.463/.727
2B – Omar Infante (MIA): .314/.327/.745
3B – Chase Headley (SDP): .275/.407/.536
SS – Derek Jeter (NYY): .420/.442/.642 (Obviously an all-time great, but how many of you had him doing this after a rough 2010-2011?).
LF – Nolan Reimold (BAL): .353/.365/.725
CF – Yoenis Cespedes (OAK): .269/.367/.537
RF – Ryan Sweeney (BOS): .383/.406/.583 (no home runs, but a league-best 10 doubles)
P – Lance Lynn (STL): 4-0, 1.33 ERA, .524 OPS-against
C – Geovany Soto (CHC) : .140/.204/.260
1B – Albert Pujols (LAA): .224/.280/.316 (240 Million)
2B – Robinson Cano (NYY): .267/.337/.413 (Ok, no so bad. But you expect more from Robby)
3B – Aramis Ramirez (MIL): .191/.253/.338
SS – Jimmy Rollins (PHI): .229/.267/.257
LF – Matt Holliday (STL): .205/.250/.286 (With the rest of his team raking)
CF – Marlon Byrd (CHC/BOS): .133/.188/.133 (gee, thanks Theo)
RF – Jose Bautista (TOR): .194/.349/.343 (did the man in white disappear?)
SP – Tim Lincecum (SFG): 1-2, 8.20 ERA, .921 OPS-against
AL Pleasant Surprise- Baltimore Orioles: 12-7, First Place
This isn’t 1997, and they won’t keep it up. But starting play today, the Orioles were tied for first with the Tampa Bay Rays. Led by all-star catcher Matt Wieters (apparently out of the absolutely putrid town of Goose Creek, SC), the new (old)-look O’s feature the third-best ERA in the AL.
AL Disappointment – LA Angels (6-13, Last Place)
After signing the great Albert Pujols, hopes were high for the Angels, but they just haven’t capitalized. And by “they,” I mean “he.” The former Cardinal great has hit just .220 this year, and has fewer home runs than Prince Fielder has stolen bases. At least the Angels have gotten a good performance out of their other free agent pick-up, CJ Wilson, who has 26 strikeouts in 26 innings and just 7 earned runs.
NL Pleasant Surprise – Washington Nationals (14-5, First Place)
A surprise by virtue of their seller-dwelling status for most of their existence, the Nationals bulked up their rotation for this season, acquiring Gio Gonzalez via trade and signing Edwin Jackson as a free agent. That Nats have the league’s best ERA at 2.20. The Nats will be tested, however, as Ryan Zimmerman is hurt and likely heading to the DL. In a surprise announcement, the Nationals have said they are promoting mega-prospect Bryce Harper, hitting just .250 in AAA.
NL Disappointment - Miami Marlins (7-11, Last Place)
This shouldn’t shock us too much, but you naturally expect more for the cash they invested this off-season. After three straight 40-save seasons, Heath Bell has already blown three saves. The offense as a whole is reaching base at a pathetic .290 rate and star youngster Giancarlo Stanton has yet to homer – though he might just be doing Miami fans a favor by sparing them from this monstrosity.
Who’s regressing? Who’s gonna play like this all year?