By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on March 31, 2014
When MLB Opening Day is over there will already be a few players who are getting off to a great start. Even fewer than that will continue their domination past the season opener and into the early part of the season. There are a few players who seem to burst out of the gate every season but there are always surprises early in each season as well. This is a prediction for 10 MLB players who will dominate early on during the regular season.
It should not take long for the Yankees to see a huge payback from McCann. His father has always liked the Yankees and tons of other bits of excitement will lead to a great start to his Yankees career. Truly the next great Yankees catcher has arrived.
With all of the injuries to the pitching staff and the questions on how good the Mariners can be in 2014, the play of ace starter Hernandez will be a rock to this team. Look for him to be a huge bright spot for this team no matter how good they play or how badly they play early on.
Fowler has game-changing ability and has proven to be good enough to hit the best pitchers in the game when he is really clicking. Look for his game to click very well early on for the Astros. Whether this will lead to wins or not is uncertain but they should enjoy the play of Fowler at the start of the year.
Reyes and the Blue Jays have a bit of a chip on their shoulder this season and for good reason. They have the same core that they had in place last year when they were favorites but everyone expects them to lose once again. Reyes has said he plans to show what he can do and I think he is bound to get off to a hot start because of it.
It is certain that Mauer is one of the better offensive players in the game over the last several seasons. This season he can continue that and build upon it with his newly minted position of first base only helping him remain healthy and consistent with the bat.
If anyone in MLB has something to prove during the 2014 season, especially early on, it is the elder Upton. Everyone that knows his career path can clearly see that 2013's numbers were an anomaly. Never before had he even come close to that bad of a season. Look for him to rebound in a very strong way to start 2014.
Because he has claimed to be healthy for the entire offseason, Pujols has set himself up to have something to prove. Look for him to do a very good job of proving how back he really is early during this season. Whether he can remain as healthy as he is will be the next big question that needs to be answered.
There have been questions, worries and injuries in the last few weeks for the Rangers that have thrown everything into question. Some have predicted they were good enough to win it all but now it all looks questionable. Look for the new first baseman to go out and prove something big on Opening Day and beyond. He might struggle during the postseason but look for Fielder to carry this team early on.
The only fans cheering for Morneau to play well this season and rebound in a big way more than the Rockies' fans are the Twins' fans in all likelihood. Look for the move to the National League to finally settle in as a good move when he laces up his cleats next to his former Twins teammate Michael Cuddyer in Colorado.
Having predicted that he would repeat as a winner of the MLB triple crown a year ago, I was as disappointed in the late season injuries to Miggy as anyone. Look for that to all be a distant memory as Miggy goes out and crushes the early part of the season in 2014. Could he resume his triple crown dominance this year? Well, of course he can.
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