10 Things We Learned In April….

The first month of the baseball season is in the books and even though most teams played only 22 or 23 games we have learned a lot in a very short period of time. Here are the top 10 things we learned in April.

10. There will be no 84′ Tigers this year. The 1984 Tigers got off to a 35-5 start and essentially clinched the division the first week of May. The Cardinals and Dodgers are tied with the largest division lead with a 3.5 game lead in their division. This is because….

9. There is parity in baseball. It seems like revenue sharing is working. Out of 30 teams in baseball, 13 teams are either 2 games over, 1 game over, 1 game under or at .500. Speaking of parity… 

8. The AL Central might be a coin flip. The Royals, Tigers, White Sox and Twins are all separated by 1 game. All 4 teams are flawed and this division again should go down to the final week of the season. The Indians, who many predicted to win this division are 4 games out in last place. Which reminds me…

7. The Nationals are really bad. The Nationals are a mess and really the only team in baseball that is out of it in April. I won’t put the Astros in that class because they have a track record of making serious runs in the 2nd half of the season. The Nationals are 5-16 and one of the worst defensive teams I have ever seen. They lead the majors currently with 22 errors. Things are so bad for the Nationals, even when they have a lead they can’t hold it. The Nationals have blown 7 out of 10 save opportunities. Staying in the NL East….

6. Things haven’t changed for the Mets. Even the opening of Citi Field home of the ? hasn’t made Mets fans forget the last 2 years. Forget that the Mets have a 9-12 record, there’s a negativity that surrounds this team and all the players can feel it. Just ask David Wright who right now looks to be trying to hit the ball 600 ft on every pitch just to get the fans off his back. This team reminds me of a lot of those Red Sox teams from 1995-2002. The Mets needed a Kevin Millar or Eric Byrnes. Sticking with the New York market….

Coors East?

Coors East?

5. The Yankees built Coors East. The Yankees spent $1.5 billion on a new stadium and somehow didn’t factor in wind currents. Amazing. The new Yankee Stadium has turned into Coors Field East. 28 HR’s have been hit in only 7 games at the new stadium. 20 of those HR’s have been hit to RF where the wind current resides. Unfortunately because of the Yankees astronomical ticket prices there haven’t been as many fans at the stadium as the Yankee’s brass had hoped to see those HR’s. Speaking of the fans….

4. The economy hasn’t affected baseball as much as people thought….yet. It was feared that because of our dreadful economy that fans wouldn’t fill the ballparks this year. But thanks to a wonderful article by ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, we have seen that attendance is the same this year as it was last year. I think the real test for baseball will be in August and September when teams start falling out of the pennant race. Did someone say pennant race?….

Bedard has led the M's in April

Bedard has led the M's in April

3. The Mariners could win the division. The Mariners lost 101 games last year and many, including myself thought they would repeat that performance this year. But with solid pitching from Bedard, F. Hernandez and Washburn the Mariners find themselves with a 13-9 record anda 2.5 game lead over the Rangers. In a very weak AL West, the Mariners might be able to steal the division. The Mariners are going it with pitching and so is Kansas City. That is because….

2. Zack Greinke is a stud. How good has Greinke been? Here is one scout’s take on Greinke “It’s hard to think of another power guy withthis kind of command andfeel with four different pitches. He’s Greg Maddux — with a much better fastball.” Pretty impressive. Greinke went 5-0 with a 0.50 era, 44 K’s in just 36 IP. Greinke is not a secret anymore as he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. When was the last time a Royal’s pitcher was on the cover of SI? I am serious. Who was it? David Cone? Bret Saberhagen?

I think the #1 thing we all learned this April was….

1. Don’t take life for granted. Even if you don’t follow baseball you know about the tragedy of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart. Adenhart was just 22 years old when he was killed in a car accident on April 9th after pitching 6 solid innings against the Detroit Tigers earlier in the night. I think everyone took a step back and realized how precious life is when they found out the news of Adenhart.

So there you have the top 10 things we learned in April. I can’t wait to see what happens in May and what we will learn about that month.

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One Response to “10 Things We Learned In April….”

  1. bob Says:

    noooooooooooooooooo

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