Reporting Mark Zinno
One month of the season is almost in the books and the surprises keep coming!! Remember the “6-4-3″ is the top six teams, four stats to know and bottom three teams in the bigs.
1. Red Sox – best record in the bigs, Buchholz, Lester & Dubront combined have 12 wins and are undefeated. Pitching wins.
2. Braves – coming back down to Earth after an incredible start. Lost four in a row, but Justin Upton is still on fire!
3. Rangers – it bothers me that some people are surprised by their start. No one should be. Josh Hamilton wasn’t the sole reason they won back-to-back AL titles.
4. Yankees – getting solid pitching combined with the rejuvenation of Travis Hafner, Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay have them right in the mix.
5. Orioles – 129 runs are 2nd best in the bigs. A phenomenal bullpen will keep them in contention all season.
6. Pirates – A major-league best 8-2 in their last 10 games shot them to the top of the NL Central.
1. Top 5 batting averages in the AL belong to Carlos Santana, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Adam Jones and Nate McLouth!!! That’s right Nate McLouth (.351) also boasts the majors best OBP at .455.
2. The Oakland A’s have the 10th best batting average (.254) and are 13th in HRs (26), but have scored the most runs in the league. Odd? Not really … they league the bigs in walks (117) and doubles (61).
3. You heard it here first folks. The best pitcher in MLB in three seasons will be Matt Harvey. He will be better than Strasburg, Verlander, Bundy and whoever else you wanna put there. 4-0, 1.54 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP. Sizzling hot.
4. For you saber-metricians, Manny Machado has a 1.6 WAR so far this season. That’s third best in the AL. A great sign for the future and the type of player he is. It’s not always about numbers with him.
1. Marlins – if chicks dig the long ball and more scoring is better for ratings, well, no one cares in Miami anyway.
2. Houston – you have to feel good if your favorite team has a 3-game series coming up against the Astros.
3. Padres – single-handedly keeping the D-backs and Rockies atop the NL West.
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