Crazy numbers from opening of MLB season

Photo courtesy of Arturo Pardavila III The Astros are, shockingly, among one of the worst teams in the AL West, and MLB.

Photo courtesy of Arturo Pardavila III
The Astros are, shockingly, among one of the worst teams in the AL West, and MLB.

David Ridderhoff, Sports Editor

The first few weeks of the MLB season is behind us, and for those with a rooting interest in a Chicago team, you are undoubtedly very happy. The Sox are definitely above the standards most fans set, and even the Cubs are passing the already lofty expectations. But not every team is that lucky. In fact, there are more unbelievably bad teams than good this year. Here are the teams, players and moments that are already surprising baseball fans.

Houston Astros
A sneaky pick to not only win the AL West, but even the World Series this year, the Astros are just awful right now. The funny part is, it seems that every game it’s something different. One day they can’t hit and lose 2-1, the next they can’t pitch and fall 7-5. Jose Altuve is on fire and rookie Tyler White is a good replacement for Chris Carter, but this team just cannot win ball games so far.

San Diego Padres
Nobody expected the 2016 Padres to contend in the NL West, but their offense was historically bad to start the season. They were shutout five times in their first 10 games, and scored one run in another. In fact, during their opening series, at home mind you, they were shutout 25-0 over three games by the Dodgers. Wow.

Mat Latos
Alright Mr. Latos, come back down to Earth. Latos started his year by winning his first four games (at time of publication) and sitting pretty with an ERA under 0.80. You can’t expect this for an entire season, but man that’s impressive.

Alfredo Simon
Some pitchers are better against certain teams than others. Simon started his year with a decent start against the Pirates, giving up one earned run in five innings of work. Then he faced the Cubs, giving up five runs in less than an inning pitched. After getting shelled in relief against the Cardinals, a game the Reds lost 14-3, he skipped a start before going against, the Cubs. In that start, he gave up eight earned runs in less than three innings of work. His stat line as of now is 0-2, an ERA of 16.39 in nine and a third innings pitched.

NL East
This division is crazy. On Sunday, April 24, the Nationals won to go to 14-4, giving them the best record in baseball and a 3.5 game lead over the Mets, in second. The division is notable because it also has the MLB’s worst team. After 18 games, the Nationals already had a 10 game cushion over the last place Braves. Again, after 18 games.

Atlanta Braves
Despite being mentioned just now, the Braves deserve their own notice. At 4-14 after April 24, they were the worst team in baseball. They also have a four game win streak. All four of their victories came in a sweep of the Marlins and a series opening win against the Dodgers. They lost nine before that and five after to get to that mark. Impressive, albeit somewhat strange.

David Ridderhoff is a junior Radio/TV broadcast major. He is the sports editor for The Flyer. He is also the general manager of Lewis’ radio station, WLRA. As an avid sports fan, he also collects hats and jerseys from a variety of sports teams.

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