Tag:MLB Week in Review
Posted on: April 7, 2008 8:05 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2008 8:29 pm

MLB Week in Review (3/25/08-4/6/08)

Well... typically, it was 13 days, but there were only three games played during the first 6 days.

I have just as many wins as the Tigers after one week of the season.

That's right, the Detroit Tigers were 0-6 last week, and they were considered by many to represent the AL in the World Series. The offense has been almost non-existent. I have heard some experts say that the Tigers lineup is the best in MLB history. Too bad that lineup only has 15 runs after 6 games, which is good enough for 28th in the MLB. The pitching has been pretty bad as well. The 5.30 ERA leaves them only ahead of the Pirates, Giants, and Marlins.

The Marlins-Tigers trade is not working as well as the Tigers had hoped. Actually, it's not even close.

Dontrelle Willis was horrible in his first start with the Tigers. Many people considered that trade the trade that will make the Tigers one of, if not the favorite to win the World Series. Willis had a no-hitter after 5 innings, but that was with 7 walks. He also did not strike out a batter. What happened to the Cy Young caliber pitcher that we saw just a few years back? Miguel Cabrera, the other part of the trade, has already missed a game with a quadriceps injury. Cabrera is 2-18 on the season.

The St. Louis Cardinals have the second-best team ERA in the majors.

The Cardinals... They do not have Chris Carpenter and Mark Mulder in the rotation due to injury. Their current rotation consists of Adam Wainwright, Brad Thompson, Todd Wellemeyer, Braden Looper, and Kyle Lohse. Not exactly the names that you expect, but they are getting the job done. The Cardinals were one of the pleasant surprises during the first week of the season, especially their pitching.

The Arizona Diamondbacks lead the majors in home runs.

The Diamondbacks, who struggled badly to score runs all of last season, lead the MLB in home runs after the first week. Granted, it is only one week, and they played in Cincinnati and Colorado, but they still lead the majors in home runs. Chris Young and Justin Upton both have three to lead the majors.

The Colorado Rockies have the worst team batting average in the league.

The great offense of the Rockies were hitting under .200 entering Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks. Matt Holliday, Todd Helton, Garrett Atkins, and Brad Hawpe in the middle of the lineup, and the team is hitting .209. I know it is the first week of the season, but it is very surprising how poorly this offense has been performing so far. Matt Holliday picked up his first RBI yesterday.

The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals lead the AL Central after the first week.

I mentioned the Tigers' early struggles before, but what about the Royals and White Sox? The Royals have been using their young talent to win. Billy Butler and Alex Gordon are two of the best young hitters in the game, and they will only get better. Brian Bannister had a great start to the season, and Joakim Soria has been one of the best closers early on. Meanwhile, the White Sox are using the longball. They have 10 as a team, which is second in the league to the Diamondbacks. A.J. Pierzynski is off to a very hot start, and so is Jermain Dye. By the way, both teams swept the Royals.

Players of the week:

Xavier Nady (Pirates outfielder)

10-26 (.385), 6 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB, 1.217 OPS

Nady has always been a fast starter. He never has hit over .300 or hit more than 20 homers in a season.

Chase Utley (Phillies second baseman)

9-21 (.429), 8 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 1.471 OPS, 5-0 BB/K

Chase Utley is one of the favorites to win the NL MVP. He probably would have won it last year if he did not get hurt. He has shown nice plate discipline so far this season, as well as hitting for a high average.

Jake Peavy (Padres starting pitcher)

16 IP, 2-0, 0.56 ERA, 0.56 WHIP, 12/4 K/BB, CG

Peavy is off to a good start in his Cy Young defense. He has only allowed 1 run in 16 innings so far this season, which came in a complete game 2-hitter against the Dodgers.

Ben Sheets (Brewers starting pitcher)

15 1/3 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.59 WHIP, 15/2 K/BB, CG, SHO

Sheets has pitched the only complete game shutout of the season so far, and that was a 5-hit shutout against the lowly Giants. He also pitched 6 1/3 scoreless against the Cubs.

Joakim Soria (Royals relief pitcher)

4 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 7/0 K/BB, 3 SV

Soria has been the best closer so far this season. He struggled with inconsistency last year, but in his first full season as closer, he has done an outstanding job so far. The Royals are winning now, and Soria has become a major contributor to their wins.
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