Early Thoughts on the 2011 MLB Season
We’re now two weeks into the 2011 Major League Baseball season. Here are your my top 5 story lines.
1. The Royals don’t suck. At least not yet. Before Thursday’s games Kansas City is 7-4 and just a half game out of first behind the also surprising Cleveland Indians. The rookie relievers have been nothing short of excellent, and the offense has far exceeded expectations. The Royals tied their own record early this season recording 4 straight walk-off victories. I already reserved my playoff tickets for Kauffman Stadium.
2. Albert Pujols has been abducted by aliens. Through Wednesday night he is hitting .229 with just 1 home run, 6 RBIs and an OPS of .609. To put into perspective how un-Pujols-like that is, his career OPS is 1.047. Keep this up Albert and you’re going to wish you’d signed that offer from the Cardinals. Or better yet, his stock will fall so far even the Royals could afford him.
3. Sliding head first is a bad idea. Just ask Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers. Dashing for home after a foul popup, he couldn’t quite beat the catcher to the plate and his head first slide resulted in a broken arm. Now the American League’s reigning MVP is out 6-8 weeks.
4. The American League East standings are upside down. The Yankees find themselves in familiar territory in first place at 6-4, but they’re sharing the position with the Baltimore Orioles. Next in line are the Toronto Blue Jays. Holding down the cellar are the Tampa Bay Rays at 3-8 and the Boston Red Sox at at just 2-9. The Red Sox’ big free agent addition, outfielder Carl Crawford, is taking a page from Pujols’ new book hitting a putrid .152 with no homers and just a single RBI. Where’s Manny Ramirez when you need him?