NL East: Braves are not going to compete for the division.
Atlanta got swept over the weekend by the new look Philadelphia Phillies. The reigning NL East Champs have dealt with some injuries to their rotation to start the season including 2018 All-Star Mike Foltynewciz and Kevin Gausman. Atlanta was forced to start Bryce Wilson and #2 ranked prospect of 2018 Kyle Wright in 2 of 3 games in Philadelphia. Wright was able to show off some of the skills that made him a top prospect the Braves bats were held in check by Jake Arrietta Sunday night to cap off the series sweep.
The Braves had a tough matchup to start the season versus the revamped Phillies in a city that was already hyped because well its philly. Atlanta’s offense will carry the load early as they wait for the injury bug to work out.
NL West: Padres will compete for the division.
San Diego was able to take 2 of 3 from the rebuilding San Francisco Giants in San Francisco making us all wonder maybe they are more than just a young team with some promise in the future. Will Myers and Eric Hosmer went a combined 10 for 26 in the series, both will be heavily looked upon to provide protection for the newly acquired franchise player Manny Machado.
Pitching was the story for San Diego as Eric Lauer, Joey Luchessi and rookie Chris Paddack combined for a 1.80 ERA in 16.1 combined innings. If the Padres starting pitching can continue to perform they may have a shot to compete in a top heavy NL West.
They did face the Giants though so I wouldn’t count on it.
NL Central: Cardinals need to sign Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel
Rabid wolverines..oops I mean Cardinals fans are not happy after a tough 1-3 start to the season. The Cardinals were supposed to have the best rotation in the NL Central but that is not how if worked out against the powerful Brewers lineup. Miles Mikolas, Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson combined of a 7.84 ERA over their first three starts. No what most thought but remember it is week one.
Now the bullpen. The dream lineup of Alex Reyes, Andrew Miller and Jordan Hicks were supposed to be the “big three” in the backend of the bullpen. They combined to blow a 3-run lead on Sunday causing panic in within Cardinals nation.
Overreacting by signing Keuchel and Kimbrel will backfire for a team that just needs to be patient and allow their young arms to develop in season.
AL East: The Orioles may not lose 100 games.
The Orioles took 2 of 3 from the New York Yankees in New York! Obviously the Orioles are going to come out of nowhere and compete in the AL East. Baltimore winning the opening series versus the Yankees is almost quarter of the wins most people expected them to have in 2019.
The Orioles started their season better than most thought. Sadly they will come down to earth very quickly.
AL West: Mariners are the best in the west.
Anyone notice the Mariners are 5-1 after taking 3 of 4 from the world champion Boston Red Sox? The Mariners made more moves in the offseason then a 12 year old playing MLB the show for the first time. Literally moving on from their best starter, reliever and hitter from the 2018 season. Seattle quietly picked up a potential impact bat with Domingo Santana but their hot start isn’t going to last. Seattle will do what they always do and stay in it enough to let their fans believe that they have a chance and then completely bomb in the end.
Seattle can hit and they will hit but they pitching will not be able to keep up for long.
AL Central: Indians are not going to hit
The returning Carlos Santana went 5 for 10 in the opening series versus the Minnesota Twins. Outside of Santana thought he Indians did not look great at the plate during their first series. The rest of the Indians had a total of 7 hits the entire series. The injury to Fransisco Lindor will hurt the offense but the struggles of Jose Ramirez has fans very worried about the potential of this offense.
Cleveland fans can worry for now but eventually Ramirez will find his way and the supporting cast is there for a reason. This team will hit, just have to be patient.