The First Two Interesting Weeks in the MLB Season
These two first opening weeks have been rather interesting, arguably the most of all time. There have been some surprises thus far in the season, and there are undoubtedly more to come. These are just some of the reasons that we love the game of baseball (and the twists and turns, no matter how early in the season).
1. Hitting For The Cycle
Three have players have hit for the cycle in a span of two weeks. The first was Orlando Hudson, who had to be told he hit for the cycle, as he didn't even know what he had achieved. The second was Ian Kinsler (above), who did so in a 6-6 performance against the Baltimore Orioles. The third was Jason Kubel of the Twins, who hit his homer-clinching cycle in the bottom of the eighth on a grand slam.
2. AL Division Leaders: Blue Jays, Royals, Mariners
Who would have thought either of these three teams would be in first place after two weeks? Yes, you read that correctly...the Blue Jays, Royals and Mariners are leading their AL divisions. The Mariners might be the most understandable out of the group because of the emotional high they have been riding with the homecoming of Ken Griffey Jr., but all teams have to be feeling good right now (as of Tuesday morning, the Jays are 10-4, the Royals are in a three-way tie with Detroit and Chicago, and Seattle is 8-5).
3. Florida Marlins
The picture above is greatly reminiscent of the first few weeks of the Marlins season, as they are pretty much allergic to losing. The biggest surprise is easily the emergence of Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio is described as "the fastest player I've ever seen" by Hanley Ramirez. Bonifacio is hitting .321 with a .345 on base percentage. Jeremy Hermida has chipped in recently as well, hitting two home runs against the Nationals.
4. Chien-Ming Wang
Wang has been abysmal for the Yankees this season, pitching in only three games at a total of six innings on the year. Wang's ERA is 34.50, as he has given up 23 runs in the aforementioned six innings, as well as a BB:K ratio of 3:1.
5. Gary Sheffield
Yes, Gary Sheffield deserves a spot in this article, as he has joined a remarkable club in baseball history: The 500 club. Sheffield at Citi Field earlier this week bashed his 500th homer, his first as a Met. Sheffield is the first player in history to hit his 500th and his first with a new team on the same long ball.
6. San Diego Padres
Yes, they play in the awful NL West, but they have been the early surprise story of the year. They are 9-4, only one game back of the Dodgers. They do have a major flaw, however: No left-handed pitchers on the whole staff.
7. Los Angeles Angels
They may be 4-8 and the cellar dwellers in the AL West, but that's not the issue. On opening day, a fan was beat to death at Angels Stadium of Anaheim. Just days later, after pitching six shutout innings, Nick Adenhart was struck and killed by a car running a red light, The driver of the car has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and was drunk.
8. Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals have made some headlines this year, but mostly for losing and threatening Elijah Dukes. The Nats outfielder showed up five minutes late for what was supposed to be the team's normal arrival time to the stadium. Yes, FIVE minutes. The kicker here? Dukes was doing charity work on the team's behalf at a local Little League. He was fined $500, benched for the day's game, and threatened with a demotion to the minors. Evidently, nice guys do finish last.