5 Biggest Surprises from MLB's Opening Week

Steven MarinoContributor IIIApril 13, 2012

5 Biggest Surprises from MLB's Opening Week

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    Major League Baseball is in full swing for the 2012 season.

    After multiple acquisitions during the offseason and players signing with their new ball clubs, this has been one of the most anticipated baseball seasons in recent years.

    It seems that it will be hard to choose a World Series Champion so early on due to the new roster changes, causing small-market teams to be competing with historic powerhouses.

    With Albert Pujols signing a $254 million contract and Magic Johnson being part-owner of the Dodgers, this baseball season is sure to have its unique moments.

    After an entertaining first week of the MLB season, here is a list of the five biggest surprises during the opening week.

Boston Red Sox

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    The Boston Red Sox started the season by being swept by the Detroit Tigers.

    After losing their first three games of the season, the Red Sox recently lost their second series against the Toronto Blue Jays, losing two out of three, giving them a record of 1-5.

    The Red Sox head into a series against the Tampa Bay Rays, a team who is 4-2 and in first place in the AL East division after the first week of the season.

    With the Red Sox having a new manager in Bobby Valentine, it should be interesting to see how the Sox can turn it around.

New York Mets

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    The city of New York must have been in shock when they realized the Mets started 3-0 and the Yankees started 0-3.

    The New York Mets are currently 4-2 and began the season with a sweep over their NL East rival, Atlanta Braves.

    They recently lost their series against the Washington Nationals and face off against the Philadelphia Phillies in their next series.

    Although it is only six games into the season, the Mets must feel good about themselves finishing the opening week with a winning record.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers hold the best record in the MLB at 6-1.  

    After winning three out of four in San Diego, the Dodger's swept the Pittsburgh Pirates at home.

    Last season, the Dodgers had a dismal year and missed the playoffs.  This year, with new owner Magic Johnson, the Dodgers seem to playing with a chip on their shoulder and have provided the city of Los Angeles with a winning team.

    The Dodgers enter another series against the San Diego Padres, hoping to continue their winning ways.

Detroit Tigers

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    The Detroit Tigers added first baseman Prince Fielder to their roster during the offseason.

    Thus far this season, Fielder has proved the Tigers with two home runs, while former AL batting champ Miguel Cabrera leads the team with three during the first six games of the season.

    The Tigers began the season with a sweep of the Boston Red Sox and recently won their series against the Tampa Bay Rays, giving them a record of 5-1.

    The way the Tigers are playing early on should provide implications that Detroit should run away with the AL Central crown.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    The World Champion St. Louis Cardinals lost their biggest asset this offseason when their All-Star first baseman, Albert Pujols, left the team to sign a $254 million contract with the Angels.

    After losing Pujols and their Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa, not many people expected much from the Cardinals this season.

    The Cardinals currently sit in first place in the NL Central with a 5-2 record.  The Cardinals are second overall in runs and batting average, and first overall in on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

    The Cardinals have a lot to prove after losing their offensive juggernaut and they seem to be doing just fine without him.