Originally posted on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 4/17/12

The season is just a few weeks in but there are already some trends and numbers that should make people take notice.

1. Matt Kemp

My pre-season MVP and 2nd place finisher last year is on fire. He is batting .487 with 6 hr and 16 RBI’s through the Dodgers first ten games. In comparison, the entire Pittsburgh Pirate team has 16 RBI’s and only 4 hrs. Kemp’s fast start has LA out to a MLB best 9-1 start. Matt Kemp is really asserting himself as the next star in the game and maybe him and Magic Johnson can bring back DodgerTown!

2. The Red Sox and Yankees should be worried

The East is definitely going to be exciting but should we get so worked up about the early season struggles of these two franchises? The Yankees will certainly need to recognize that their resurrection in the mid-90′s was built on home grown talent but as those players have gotten older (Jeter, Rivera) or have retired (Posada), the team has really failed to continue that path to greatness. The Yankees getting to the playoffs is not enough. The Red Sox on the other hand hired a Wrestling manager to provide stability! Yes, Bobby Valentine is the Jimmy Hart of the baseball world. This was a bad decision by a team that needs direction not drama. Both teams need to re-evaluate their pitching staffs or they will be left behind by the likes the Rangers, Angels, and The Rays.

3. Pitching

Pitching continues to look great post real PED testing. Roy Halladay already has 3 wins with a 1.17 ERA. Aroldis Chapman has made 5 appearances and has maintained an unblemished ERA. Justin Verlander and Jered Weaver have 23 strikeouts through 3 starts. I like pitching and would prefer two starters to go head to head for 8 innings in a 1-0 game ala Clemens and Pedro. I also think when we have better overall pitching, that the great hitters are able to distance themselves from the “Steroid Era”.

  • Digg this!
  • Share this on Reddit
  • Share this on Facebook
  • Tweet This!
  • Buzz up!
  • Stumble upon something good? Share it on StumbleUpon
  • Share this on Mixx
  • Share this on Linkedin
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Danny Ainge: Celtics’ Marcus Smart has shown ‘propensity to get injured’

Ravens claim Jimmy Clausen off waivers, send Joe Flacco to IR

Report: Signs point to Chip Kelly, Eagles parting ways after season

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

ACC schools find themselves in major financial trouble



New York Rangers are the richest team in the NHL

Magic laments potential record setting in Warriors vs. Lakers

Jets waive former first-round pick Quinton Coples

Harbaugh: Jabrill Peppers can be 'the Willie Mays of football'

Warriors interim coach Luke Walton's car stolen in Oakland

Ray Lewis: I would take Rex Ryan over Bill Belichick

Maximizing the Bucks

Holly Holm asked Beyonce who she was

Florida, Florida State kick off college football rivalry week

Which goalies are pulling ahead for the Vezina Trophy?

2015-16 UEFA Champions League roundup: Matchday 5, Pt. 1

Who has the edge: comparing current College Football Playoff outsiders

Rex Ryan on interference penalty: Would Bill Belichick have been flagged?

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Tony Romo, Cam Newton say Greg Hardy is a good teammate

Report: Colin Kaepernick suffered ‘extensive’ labrum tear

Brian Dawkins rips the Philadelphia Eagles defense

Texans troll Darrelle Revis on Twitter

Lane Johnson criticizes Eagles fans, quickly backtracks

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

Mike Trout, four years in

Tom Brady on ‘Rex Ryan!’ line call: It’s ‘in the playbook’

Five NFL teams trending downward

Not so fast, USC: Eagles Chip Kelly buys Philly-area home

The five best hockey fights from Week 7

Bart Starr doesn’t remember Green Bay Packers career

WATCH: Did Mike Ditka really fart again?

WATCH: Tom Brady uses ‘Rex Ryan’ as audible call

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker