Contenders and Pretenders from the First Week of MLB Action

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Contenders and Pretenders from the First Week of MLB Action
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With the 2013 MLB season under way, a number of teams are already off to hot starts.

As last year’s tight playoff race showed, especially since there is an extra Wild Card spot now, every game counts. Only 10 teams can earn coveted playoff spots each season, but many of the 30 teams have reason for optimism this year. 

The season is long, though. Injuries and slumps will happen, and making the playoffs is not easy for anyone.

Therefore, some hot starts may not be indicative of long-term success this season.

Here are some of the contenders and pretenders from the first week of the season, including standout hitters and pitchers who are contributing positively or negatively to their teams’ starts:


Note: Stats are current as of the morning of Tuesday, April 9

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