Recap: The First Week of Major League Baseball

By Daniel Canova

As we all expected, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are 0-3 a piece.

There is no way someone could have believed that!  No way!

This is only the 2nd time since 1966 that both teams have started the season with a pathetic 0-3 record.  Yes, they played great opponents but really?  Boston and New York, two of the biggest markets in all of sports, to start a season this way?  Most would say its “how you finish”, especially in a 162 game season, but I do not like the way both teams have started.

I believe the Yankees won’t even make the playoffs this year.  You heard it here first.

With starting pitchers that feature Phil Hughes, Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova, and Freddy Garcia, I don’t see much hope.  Yes, I know their hitting will catch fire eventually, but as we all know in sports, defense wins championships.  Plus Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Andrew Jones and Raul Ibanez aren’t getting any younger.  How much longer can they last in a 162 game season?

Boston on the other hand, I believe have some hope in them.  They faced a Detroit Tiger team who was unstoppable this weekend.  They have young talent with Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, and Jacoby Ellsbury.  David Ortiz still has some pop in his bat, and Kevin Youkilis will definitely get on track soon.  Carl Crawford is another key player in the Sox lineup who is on the DL until the end of April.  Their pitching is also younger than the Yankess.  John Lester, Josh Beckett, and Clay Buchholz anchor the starting staff, with Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard  being works in progress.

Now for some positives.

The Detroit Tigers are for real.

Miguel Cabrera, and Prince Fielder, back to back, are a heart of a lineup that is the best in baseball.  In just 3 games, they combine for 5 homeruns, 11 RBIs, and a .436 batting average.

The New York Mets moved their stadium fence in a few feet, and now they begin the 2012 season 3-0, sweeping division rival, Atlanta Braves.  David Wright looks back to his old self, and young stars in Lucas Duda, Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada, and Daniel Murphy all look superb.  If Johan Santana can get back to CY Young form, the Mets could be a young sleeper team this year in a very weak National League.

The Kansas City Royals took two out of three in Anaheim making Albert Pujols’ debut, a bit disappointing.  And who would have thought the Pittsburgh Pirates would win two of three against the Philadelphia Phillies?

That’s what makes baseball entertaining and exciting.  Any given team, can win on any given day.

But fan’s of those who’s teams’ are struggling.  It’s okay, don’t worry, there’s still 5 months to go.


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