MLB Great Starts: For Real, Or a Bust?

Shanan H.Analyst IApril 20, 2009

SEATTLE - APRIL 14:  Franklin Gutierrez #21 (R) of the Seattle Mariners celebrates with Endy Chavez #10 after scoring the winning run in a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the Opening Day game on April 14, 2009 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Multiple teams have started off this year very, very well.  However, if you live in Washington, D.C, your story is a little different (1-10, .091 winning percentage?  Right as predicted!).

The Mariners (8-5), Royals (7-5), Blue Jays (10-4), and Florida (11-1) have all had outstanding starts.  Who's start will be the season, and who's a bust?

Let's start out with my home team, the Seattle Mariners:

How did this start happen?

I think it's all Jack Zurnenzic's fault.

He moved out all the old players for young talent.

The roster is very good, full of underrated stars getting their first tries as a starter (Endy Chavez, Russell Branyan, Rob Johnson) and some limited old stars (Griffey, Ichiro).

But, then there's the established young talent.  Kids like Erik Bedard, Felix Hernandez, Jose Lopez, and Adrian Beltre are taking over the team, and the chemistry is perfect.

Not only that, the team is very deep.  If any one falls, someone can fill their roster spot  (And would take it gladly...The Mariners actually have too many good players).

Finally, they filled the closer gap by smartly moving Morrow back to the 'pen.

The Mariners will get to have this all year, unless the old guys really fall hard.

The Royals.

This team really surprised me...looking at the stats they really aren't that great, yet look at them, 7-5.

This team I will say from the start is a bust...They have a lot of holes, and aren't deep.  Some of the pitchers are old.

I will say, however, this team could get good sometime soon.

The Blue Jays.

The Jays are showcasing their potential, with the players that the team is built around really performing, and some older players doing well, too.  (Scott Rolen's .326 BA)

Not only that, but the young kids that needed to perform in the starting rotation are performing. 

Yet, the bullpen is having some issues, hence B.J. Ryan and Brandon Leagues' high ERA's.

This team can perform at this level, but I think they will end up a bust.

Last but certainly not least, the Florida Marlins.


This team is for real.

Hanley Ramirez is just great.

Dan Uggla is underrated.

Jorge Cantu is a maybe better than Chase Utley.

Baker at catcher has been good.

Emilio Bonifacio has surprised.

The OF is average.

Starting pitching has been supreme (with the exception of Malasko, but he'll bounce back).

The bullpen has been much better than expected.

There is no reason this team will not win many, many, games, and maybe a World Series?


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