Unstoppable Oakland, the Yankees in the hard and Corbin Burnes on a historic start to the season, back on what happened during this third week of the regular season in MLB.
Fit team: Oakland Athletics
After a disastrous start to the seasonOakland was able to quickly turn around to be considered the fittest franchise in the Major Leagues today. It’s simple, the A’s have not lost a single match since April 9 and have just strung together eleven consecutive victories! This week, the Bay Area franchise swept through its series against Detroit before doing the same against Minnesota, notably winning the first two games without conceding a single run. The next step for Oakland is a trip to Baltimore and then to Tampa Bay, in order to conclude this first month of competition in the best possible way.
The team that stalls: New York Yankees
A gloomy start to the season in New York. For the first time in a long time, 1992 to be precise, the Yankees left on the basis of a season with a negative record. This week, Aaron Boone’s players were nothing short of worrying. Sweeped by the Rays last weekend, they then chained five consecutive defeats (also defeated twice by the Blue Jays just before). For the first time in history, the Yankees conceded five straight losses while, at the same time, their neighbor the Knicks in the NBA were in the middle of a five-game winning streak. Lunar. The attack on the Bomber Squad displays historically low figures for the franchise, not enough to reassure a team in full doubt that had not started as badly in the regular season since 1997. That year, the Yankees had however secured a qualification in the playoffs and won 96 games .
Man of the moment: Ronald Acuña Jr. (RF, Braves)
If he injured himself (abdomen) in the last game of the Atlanta series against the Cubs, Ronald Acuña Jr. has so far had a thunderous start to the season that could not go unnoticed. A real machine in attack, he still dominates the league today. hits (26), to runs (21), at theaverage (.419) but also to OPS (1.373) and home runs (7). Stratospheric, the Venezuelan became the fifth player in history since 1900 to start the season with a average from .400, 20+ runs and 5+ home runs. The last to have done it? Cody Bellinger in 2019, the year he was crowned MVP in National League. What to hope for a very good season for Acuña Jr. when he returns from injury.
The Strong Arm: Corbin Burnes (P, Brewers)
At the start of the season, Corbin Burnes is simply unplayable. On a cloud, the pitcher des Brewers has a series of big performances and is already breaking records. This week, the Californian achieved ten strikeouts without conceding the slightest walk against the Padres, obtaining in passing his first victory of the season. In four games started, Burnes has achieved at least 9 K and 0 BB in each game, a first in MLB history. The Milwaukee player is also forty consecutive strikeouts without a single walk conceded, new MLB record for a starting pitcher and only eleven strikeouts behind Kenley Jansen in 2017. Posting an ERA of 0.37 since the start of the season, Corbin Burnes is already asserting himself as a serious contender for the trophy Cy young in National League.
Action of the week: Joey Votto, defensive maestro
🚨 BANG BANG BANG TRIPLE PLAY JOEY VOTTO! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/zzrVfyjtaq
– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 17, 2021
- Starting the season 11-2 (currently 14-4), the Dodgers have made the best start for a franchise that won the World Series during the previous season.
- Facing the Rockies, Jacob deGrom (P, Mets) became the first pitcher in Mets history to achieve fourteen strikeouts in six rounds or less. Note that he had also got 14K during his previous start against the Marlins, this time in eight innings.
- Sad record for Kyle Hendricks (P, Cubs) this week against the Braves, who became the first Cub in history to award four home runs in the first inning of a match. He is the ninth player in MLB history to achieve this (poor) performance.
- Monday night, Jack Flaherty (P, Cardinals) became the first Saint-Louis player to exceed 500 strikeouts in less than 100 appearances on the mound.
- Thanks to their 11-game winning streak, the A’s became the first franchise to achieve such a performance after starting the season with six losses.
Image on top credit: AP Photo / Ben Margot