Seattle in the lead, Colorado in the crevasse

Le point MLB, the chronicle that looks back on baseball news in brief. After about fifteen games, a little update on the trends and things to remember at this stage of the season.

Team in form: Seattle Mariners

(Credit: Tacoma News Tribune)

We could have opted for Tampay Bay, which with the second lowest payroll in the league currently holds second place in the league. However, the choice here falls on the Mariners. It’s simple, the Washington men have the best record in the league, and are first in batting average (AVG .284), number of home runs (38), RBIs (122) or even bases. stolen (19). wow! They even hit a Home Run in each of their first 17 games, unheard of in MLB history. So yes, it’s only the start of the season and we mustn’t get carried away. Yes, the Angels were first in the league at the same date last year and did not play in October. But we must recognize that if this team keeps pace in this raised AL West (see below), we will have to watch out for them.

Stalling Team: Colorado Rockies

Trevor Story, Colorado shortstop after a strikeout (Credits: Vail Daily)

Very difficult start for the last finalist of the National League. After a 2018 season that ended with a breathless Game 7 in the Conference Finals against the Dodgers, Nolan Arenado’s teammates are struggling to find the rhythm. They are even at the time these lines are written on an eight-game losing streak, including three in the rematch against the Dodgers. The Rockies are last in the league, with the lowest on-base average (OBP .203). Again, like the Mariners, this is just the start of the season, and last year the Dodgers were also last in the division on the same date before winning it. Be wary, however, not to prolong this bad patch for too long, under penalty of being left behind in the race for division victory.

Man of the moment: Cody Bellinger

Cody Bellinger, 1B of the Dodgers very prominent at the start of the season (Credits: True Blue LA).

The machine is already running, and rather very well! The Dodgers’ 1B is off to a sublime start to the season individually, ranking first in Runs (20), Hits (27) and RBI (22). But that’s not all, he is also second for the Home Runs (9), and ranks top 5 in the four major offensive averages (AVG, OBP, SLG and OPS). If the Dodgers were off to a good start before suffering six consecutive defeats, the player who is entering his third season in MLB is not experiencing a downturn. Watch out for his performances, because he could well walk away with a trophy at the end of the season if he keeps up the pace.

In bulk:

  • The AL West division is already looking up. Seattle leads the league, Houston is on eight straight wins and Oakland is already in ambush. Without forgetting the Angels who have in their ranks Mike Trout, who alone constitutes an argument.

  • Already a Manny Machado effect in San Diego? The Padres are off to a strong start with eleven wins and a first-place finish in the NL West. Francesco Tatis Jr is already starting to show his talent and is positioning himself as a player to watch this year.

  • The RedSox are off to a slow start. The defending champions, who started with a 12-2 start last year, are now tied for last in the AL East, with questions surrounding their ace Chris Sale. Be careful not to fall into a negative spiral.

  • The stat of the day to finish: after 62 appearances without the slightest hit, Chris Davis has finally broken his black streak! From a single against Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, the Baltimore Orioles 1B is back to normal.

And that concludes our first update on MLB news this season. See you in a few weeks for the second edition of this new section!

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