Well the first week of baseball has come and went. Like every year, there has been upsets. There has been blowouts. There has been nail-biters. There has been brawls. Just like always, it has been a lot of the same, but this year, there is alot more change.
There was the tragic deaths of "the voice of the Phillies," Harry Kalas and Angels's pitcher Nick Adenhart. There was the Grand opening of two new standiums in NYC. But the biggest change of all has been the teams on top of the divisions.
You won't believe this!
Oh Canada! Oh Canada! Wait, who's on top of the AL East? Not the Red Sox? Not the Yankees? Not the Rays? That's right, the Toronto Bluejays are on top of the best division in baseball with their 6-2 record.
They were taken there by there high powered offense, scoring more runs than any other team with 54. Leading the way is Adam Lind. He leads this potent offense with a .400 batting average. He also leads the team in HR's with three and RBI's with 12.
As for the other three power house teams, Boston, New York, and Tampa Bay, are three worst teams in the division in this order.
You have got to be kidding me. The Royals are leading their division? Either this is the worst division in baseball or the Royals are the Rays of '09.
After a great opening series against the White Sox, winning two of three, they only pulled out one against the Yankees before beating the Indians last night.
The men in blue finished 14 games back of the division title last year and were second to worst, only behind the Tigers. Last year's division champ, the White Sox, are also 4-3 but are in second only because of the tiebreaker.
Hello Washington! Yep, the Seattle Mariners are on top of the AL West with a 5-2 record. Even more astonishing than the 5-2 record is that they are yet to play a home game.
Last year, they went a terrible 26-55 on the road and finished dead last in the entire American Leauge and sencond to last in the Major League's behind Washington.
The team is fueled off it's deffense. They have only allowed 22 runs, which is second in the AL behind Kansas City. The 2008 division winning Angels are second in the division with a 3-3 record.
The Marlins and the Braves are tied for the NL East division lead, and look almost identical. Both have a 5-1 record. Each of them have allowed 26 runs, and Atlanta has just scored one more run than Florida with 38.
The Marlins technicly are in they lead because the Braves have a loss in their division. The two teams start a three game series tonight in Atlanta. We will see if Florida is legitimate when we see there road play.
They sill haven't left the safety of Miami. Third in the division is last year world champion Philedelphia Phillies, who are 1.5 games back from the lead.
It wasn't to long ago that the St. Louis Cardinals were the best team in baseball. After beating the heavily favored Detroit Tigers in the World Series, they haven't made the playoffs.
This year, they are starting to look like the 2006 team. After loosing two of their first 3, St. Louis has won five straight. The Cards have the second biggest run differential in Baseball and have a half-game lead on rival Chicago in the Standings.
All-Star Albert Pujols leads the team in HRs with 4, RBI with 10, and R's with 8.
Citi Field, the Mets's brand new Stadium was finally opened on Monday. There was a feeling in the air that something special would happen. Lefty Jody Gerut was first up to bat.
The first two pitches went without a swing, and then... WHACK! Gerut hits one deep into right! Its gone! Home run Pares! San Diego went on to the win this game by a score of 5-6 and improved their record to a division leading 6-2.
The team opened up with seven straight home games, winning 5, before getting the first win at Citi Field Against the Mets. They are a low scoring team, but their pitching and defense is what got them to where they are.
This was a crazy first week of baseball. I will always remember it as the underdog week. After this, I wouldn't be surprised to see anything happen, but if I had to guess, I would say it is going to return to normal.
Yes, there will still be upsets and the underdog, but order will most likely be restored. The power houses like the Red Royals will probably end up sliding. But some things will stay the same. Harry Kalas and Nick Adenhart will never return to the game.
Citi Feild and the New Yankee Stadium will be there for a while. We will just have to live with these new changes until something new comes and gets our minds of it. Until then, thanks for reading.
RIP Harry Kalas & Nick Adenhart