The Sportz Nutt Wants To Talk Some Early Season Baseball

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So, the basketball and hockey playoffs are on their way, and I am very excited for my teams. Admittedly, I like the Clippers’ chances more than my Ducks, despite the fact that Anaheim is an elite team in the NHL. I foresee something bad happening to them in the first round again, but that could just be the pessimist in me. What I do know is that I am excited. I will do my best to get a somewhat thorough preview up for both. That being said, we’ve had two weeks of baseball, and already, there have been some interesting developments:

As it stands here on the eve of April 13, 2014, the league’s worst teams all have 4 wins. Now, I don’t normally look at standings until at LEAST May, but it interesting to note that no team is really running away with anything and dominating. In fact, one could make the argument that those teams with 4 wins all have a legitimate shot of winning 90 by season’s end (minus the Cubs).

Last season’s juggernaut offensive team, the Miami Marlins, have come out blazing this season, and are near the top in the National League in runs scored. In 2013, if you remember, they opened up a series at Washington, and scored 1 run in three games. This season it took them less than 5 innings to more than double last year’s output. There’s a nice little mixture of youth and veteran presence on this team. I don’t think they’re winning anything substantial, but there’s definitely an improvement from a year ago.

Milwaukee has given up 29 runs in 12 games this season. How impressive is that? The Indians gave up 26 in a four game series this weekend against the White Sox.

It’s amazing how many blown saves we’ve had thus far in baseball. 43 players have blown at least one save this season, and we’ve seen closers get removed from their roles. I honestly don’t know if this is normal or not, but it seems rather high. Readers, what do you think?

MLB Leaders and Loathers:

Team Batting – Colorado (.306), Houston (.189)

Team HR – Chicago White Sox (16), Kansas City (1)….wow!

Team ERA – Milwaukee (1.87), Arizona (5.88)

Team Strikeouts – Cleveland (121), Detroit (67)

Mark Buehrle has looked unbelievably sharp to start the season. Sporting a 0.86 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP, he has held the Orioles and Rays in check, while looking good vs the Astros. Usually a second half player, it will be interesting to see how he continues to pitch.

Not to be outdone is King Felix Hernandez, who has already struck out 30 batters in just 21.1 innings, and has a paltry 0.75 WHIP. The best part about him is that he is just NOW entering his prime, with 1733 career strikeouts under his belt. If the Mariners were a better team, he might be closer to 200 wins by now.

Mark Trumbo has 6 home runs…what are the odds he hits 50 this season?

Here are your top 10 leaders in hits:

Angel Pagan, Alexi Ramirez, Chase Utley, Melky Cabrera, Emilio Bonifacio, Charlie Blackmon, Aramis Ramirez, Juan Uribe, Carlos Gomez and Freddie Freeman.

Readers, how many of these names will we see on this list in their spots by season’s end?

And there you have it.