It's time to take the Milwaukee Brewers out of the top spot, ESPN. We've had enough. Also, I suppose I'll never pick on the Arizona Diamondbacks again. Okay I'm lying. I most definitely will, just not this week. What were we talking about? I blacked out for a second.
Moving on, Miguel Cabrera's early season struggles appear to be a thing of the past, and the Colorado Rockies, Miami Marlins, and Chicago White Sox are all surging. Yes, I am aware that I didn't mention the Detroit Tigers' 8-game winning streak. This is because it shouldn't surprise anyone.
Then there is the most impressive streak of all, one in which several outlets will be accused of jinxing over the next several hours. That streak is Nolan Arenado's current 27-game hit streak. Don't know Nolan? Short back story: He's younger than I am and plays third base for the Rockies. I'm 24, for what it's worth. Let's move on before I black out again.
Slumping Miguel Cabrera, we hardly knew ye
Exactly one week ago I mentioned Cabrera's not-so-great early slash line. At the time it stood at .270/.316/.416 with just 2 home runs. Currently his Tigers are on an 8-game winning streak, and we find Cabrera might be returning to MVP form.
After sneaking by the Houston Astros Wednesday night by a score of 3-2, his numbers already look a bit better. Keep in mind it's only been a week: .292/.336/.483 with 4 home runs. Yes he's got a long way to go until he's back to being the Miggy we know and love (or envy), but he's getting there.
As for Mike Trout, he was at .289/.372/.539 entering Wednesday night. All three of those are lower than his career averages. The Los Angeles Angels might as well just cut him, right?
Well played, Kirk Gibson
Earlier in the week I wrote about how it seemingly couldn't get much worse for the Arizona Diamondbacks and highlighted their series beginning on Monday with the Milwaukee Brewers. Of course, the Brewers had the best record in baseball when that series began.
Led by manager Kirk Gibson, Arizona managed to win 2 out of 3 in that series, making me legitimately sad. Well played, Kirk. This time it is you who has earned the last laugh.
Rocky Mountain High batting average
I couldn't resist, but I'm not sorry. The Rockies are off to a fantastic start as we near the end of the first full week of May. They are currently 22-14 and .007% behind the San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West.
Four of their players currently rank in the top 7 in the National League in batting average. They are Troy Tulowitzki (.414), Charlie Blackmon (.359), Justin Morneau (.331), and Nolan Arenado (.324). One of those names should be well-known at this point. Well, two of them should be. It's just that one of those two (Morneau) hasn't been relevant for awhile now.
Keep doing what you're doing, Colorado. While those numbers aren't collectively sustainable, it's wonderful to see the early success.
Oh, what a year out of the country can do
Brewers fans, remember Casey McGehee? He's was in the Chicago Cubs system for a bit, then Milwaukee picked him up after he was given his outright release. He had two really good seasons here as the third baseman: .293/.349/.482 with 39 home runs.
Then he had an abysmal 2011 season, batting .223/.280/.346 with 13 home runs. Milwaukee traded him in the Winter of 2011 to the Pirates where he went on to struggle even more. He was even worse with the New York Yankees that season, then spent 2013 playing in Japan.
As his Miami Marlins find themselves atop the NL East with a 19-15 record (17-5 at home), McGehee is right in the middle of it. He currently holds a line of .318/.386/.403. If he had to be helping any other team like this, I'm glad it's the Marlins. I think.
I wonder if Yuniesky Betancourt will have similar success if and when he returns to the states next season. You're damn right I couldn't resist a Yuni mention.
A quick Fantasy Baseball note
Remember last season when I traded Chris Davis during the first week of the season? He repaid me by having a sensational year. This time around I repaid him by drafting him as my first round choice. Two names I passed up on? Troy Tulowitzki and Andrew McCutchen.
Davis is currently on the disabled list while Tulo and Cutch (dibs on the rights to that sitcom, by the way) are tearing the cover off of baseballs all over the place. Not literally, though. Only Martin Maldonado can do that.
Oh yeah, I'm the smartest of them all. I don't really have a reason for this note being here other than I like to torment myself and invite laughter into my life – particularly when it's at my expense.
No Tommy John Surgery required! …sort of
Gang, someone did it! Someone finally eluded TJS! His name is Matt Wieters and he plays for the Baltimore Orioles. The catch is – get it, because he's a catcher. Dammit, wait, that came before whatever punch line I had saved up.
Okay so anyway, the catch is he's not a pitcher. In fact, he's a catcher and is in the middle of the best start of his career. In 91 at-bats thus far he holds a line of .341/.374/.560 with 5 home runs. To put that in perspective his career averages are .258/.321/.425.
Between the ages of 22 and 23 while playing in the minor leagues, Wieters hit .343/.438/.576 with 32 home runs over the course of 693 plate appearances. At just 27 years old, maybe his time is now as he has provided several glimpses early this season that he could very well be the player that he was 4 years ago.
In order to decrease the potential of further injury his elbow, Wieters will be used as Baltimore's designated hitter indefinitely.
And here's the “sort of”...
MLB draft prospect Jeff Hoffman is set to have Tommy John surgery, so there's that. But hey it doesn't count if it's not a player within a major league organization, right? Okay so I suppose we have to count it in some way; I'm just trying to find any positive I can.
This year has been terribly rough on pitchers.
The home run leaders are exactly who we thought they probably wouldn't be
There's got to be an easier way to say that.
Regardless – Jose Abreu, Albert Pujols, and Giancarlo Stanton are the only three players with 10 or more home runs so far this season. Pujols and Stanton have 10 apiece while Abreu leads all of baseball with 12.
Another thing to keep in mind: Abreu is already 27 years old but this is just his first season in the big leagues. As it stands the Chicago White Sox are off to a surprising 18-17 start, landing them 5 games behind the Tigers for first place in the AL Central. For what it's worth, they won just 63 games last season.
Everything is all over the place this season. I like it.
In a few weeks, I'll start to look at legitimate end of the season award candidates. In the meantime, don't sleep on the Houston Astros – by which I mean don't play a franchise with the Astros in MLB The Show '14, get sleepy, and save over your Brewers franchise not once but twice.
I'm sure it happens to everybody.
All statistics courtesy of ESPN and Baseball Reference
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