MLB: Even After Only Two Weeks, This Season Full of Surprises

Chris WilkesContributor IIApril 17, 2011

LOS ANGELES - APRIL 14:  Albert Pujols #5 of the St Louis Cardinals looks at his jersey in the game with the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 14, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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It's only been two weeks since opening day, but the MLB is already 1/10 complete.

So what have we learned thus far?

The answer can be summed up in one phrase: Expect the unexpected. The biggest headlines of the season have come in the form of shocks and surprises.

Here are just a few of the biggest so far.  


The Red Sox have won how many games?

Obviously, the biggest shocker of the early season is the miserable start of the BoSox.

The highly touted lineup, which was a favorite amongst most analysts to win the World Series, started the season with six straight losses. To add insult to injury, the new and expensive Carl Crawford is only batting .127 over 13 games so far.

The rotation of Boston is equally unimpressive with an AL worst 5.93 ERA. Boston faithful can only hope for drastic improvement to compete in the tough AL East.


Pujols struggles at the plate. 

Albert Pujols suffered through arguably the worst game of his career, going hit-less in five at-bats grounding into three double-plays. It was only the tip of the iceberg for Pujols who only had six hits in 40 at-bats through the first 11 games.

It should be noted that the dismal stats came in the stretch of games without his usual protection in the line-up in Matt Holliday.

As of today, it appears Pujols' bat may be warming up, which is crucial for the Cardinals who are already devastated by the loss of ace Adam Wainright.


Manny no longer being Manny.

Arguably the biggest individual shocker came on April 10 with the abrupt retirement of Manny Ramirez.

The reasons behind the retirement proved even more surprising, when it was revealed Manny retired after recieving yet another failed drug test. Ramirez, instead of serving a 100 game suspension, decided to hang up the cleats after a dominant career at the plate.

Sadly, the multiple failed tests have all but completely banned Ramirez from ever making it to Cooperstown.


Damon's Clutch Charisma.

Although his signing in tampa was overshadowed by the addition of Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon has quickly proven his worth to the Rays.

Damon has proved a master of late-game heroics, having five straight game winning RBI. With his walkoff home-run Thursday, Damon became the only player to hit walk-off homers for five separate teams.

The former Red Sock has proved vital for Tampa leading them back into the discussion with six wins in their last nine games.


Rock-Solid Start in Colorado.

In contrast to the early misery felt by the Red Sox, the Rockies are off to an incredible start.

Led by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who is already stirring MVP buzz, the Rockies are off to an impressive 11-3 start including winning seven out of eight on the road. With a stacked lineup anchored by Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and veteran Todd Helton, the Rockies look to be an intimidating lineup up and down the order.

Only time will tell if the surging start for Colorado will continue deep enough into the season to hold off the World Champion Giants, but for now, the Rockies are a team nobody wants to face.


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