June 11, 2013
Every new season in Major League Baseball has its hills and valleys, and 2013 is no different. However, the first two months of baseball has brought a lot more strange and unexpected surprises than any other season in recent history.
Yasiel Puig is the most exciting baseball prospect since Bo Jackson. His physical gifts are both apparent at first look and astounding. In his Major League debut, Puig batted 2 for 4 and threw out a runner at first base from the warning track for a game ending double play. In his home opener, he smashed two home runs in his next game. He pulled the first to left field and smacked the next one into right. Yasiel Puig has already hit his first grand slam in a handful of games and he is producing these numbers from the lead off position. So far, Puig bats .438 with a slugging percentage of 1.063 ad he is showing no signs of slowing. Yasiel Puig has shown all the signs of being the next great Dodger.
Colorado Rockies Bats
Granted, the Colorado Rockies reside in Coors Field which is one of the parks that are most conducive to extra base hits. However, 9 of the their first 14 games have been on the road and the Rockies are still first in on base percentage and slugging percentage, and second place in runs scored. Maybe the bats are the reason that the Colorado Rockies are so good on offense and not the park.
An ejection in a game where your team is losing by 12 runs is difficult to achieve, but Mike Carp has what it takes. After he was called out on a questionable breaking ball on a 1-2 pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning, Carp turned said something to the umpire, and walked to the dugout. The ump rang him up. No one knows what he said to the umpire, but it was enough to warrant being ejected from a meaningless game at its end. The Boston Red Sox went down 1-2-3 in the ninth inning so Carp’s ejection was truly for naught.
Though he had a good year last, Chris Davis is batting towards a Triple Crown and possibly a MVP award with the Baltimore Orioles this year. He is batting .348 with 9 home runs so far, and he has 28 RBI’s too.
4 Strikeouts in 1 Inning
Alex Cobb a right-handed pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays finished one of the rare feats in baseball in the third inning of his game against the San Diego Padres. He actually struck out 4 batters in one inning while giving up a run. He faced Will Venable, Chase Headley, Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso and struck them out in succession. Venable struck out, but was able to reach base because the Rays catcher dropped the pitch and could not throw him out. He stole second and third base over the next two hitters, and then Cobb balked him home. You can’t make this stuff up.
The Oakland A’s
Barry Zito and Bartolo Colon have been pitching the baseball like they did a decade ago. Both pitchers have ERA’s that are in the 3.30-3.50 range, both are a perfect 3-0 against the teams that they have faced, and both have found the type of control that made them formidable if not dominant ten years ago. Plus, the Oakland A’s lead all of Major League Baseball with 158 runs scored which is amazing because anyone would be hard pressed to name their best hitter.