2013 MLB Season: Top 5 Hitters of Week 1
Who were the top five hitters in week 1 of the 2013 MLB season?
Week one of the 2013 baseball season has come and gone and several hitters have had an outstanding start to their seasons. Home runs are flying out of the yard at a rate of over two per game and as a team, the Colorado Rockies are batting .333. Every team has won at least one game, even the Houston Astros, and every team has lost at least one.
This list will look at the positives that came out of the first week. The following slides won't mention that the Pittsburgh Pirates are hitting just .119 with one home run. It won't focus on Astros' first baseman Brett Wallace who has struck out 13 times in 17 at bats. No, we are here to look at the good stuff.
So many players started off the season hot that several worthy candidates didn't even make the cut. John Buck, catcher for the New York Mets, hit two home runs and drove in nine runs but didn't make the list. Mark Reynolds, first baseman for the Cleveland Indians, had four bombs but is outside the top five. Jacoby Ellsbury, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, hit .310 with seven RBIs and four stolen bases and that is good enough for honorable mention.
So here are the top five hitters for week one of the baseball season. It will be fun to see if any of them can come close to keeping up this pace. Will some of these guys help lead their teams to the playoffs, or is this just one fluke week that will fade away as the season rolls by? The only way to find out is to stay tuned.
5. National League Home Run Leader Justin Upton
Justin Upton appears to be adjusting well to his new home with the Atlanta Braves. He blasted five home runs and hit for a .318 batting average.
4. American League Home Run Leader Mike Morse
Mike Morse's return to the Seattle Mariners probably couldn't have started off better. He smacked five home runs and drove in eight runs. With Morse, the Mariners offense is looking better than it has in years.
3. New Oakland Athletics Shortstop Jed Lowrie
The Houston Astros traded Jed Lowrie to the Oakland A's early in spring training and the A's are glad to have him aboard. He hit .500 for the week with an unexpected three home runs.
2. Cincinnati Reds' Sophomore Sensation Todd Frazier
Todd Frazier apparently doesn't believe in the concept of a sophomore slump. The Cincinnati Reds third baseman hit .480 with three home runs and nine RBI.
1. MLB RBI Leader Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles
This past week was simply the best week of Chris Davis' career. He batted .455 with four home runs and an amazing 17 RBIs. If he can keep this pace up, he will have 459 RBIs when the season is over. I will make a bold prediction and say that won't happen.