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Early Surprises of the 2015 MLB Season

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We weren’t expecting a hot start from the

Early Surprises of the 2015 MLB Season

The 2015 MLB season is just over two weeks old, but it has already. Teams who we thought would be championship contenders have started out slowly and teams who we thought were going to have rough seasons have started strong. With so many games left in the season, it's foolish to make any definitive conclusions about team or player performances. But that doesn't mean a few things haven't stood out. 

Here at CHARGED.fm, we are going to look at the early surprises of the season so far, both good and bad.

Amazin' Start for the Mets

Who would've thought that the Mets would be the best team i the National League two weeks into the season. They have combined great pitching with timely hitting. New addition Michael Cuddyer has been great so far hitting.333 driving in 7 runs as well. The big key offensively, however, has been the play of Travis d'Arnaud. He is also hitting over .300 and has driven in 10 runs. With news that d'Arnaud will be out at least three weeks with a fractured right hand, the Amazin's will need to keep up the offense without him in the lineup.

Moving onto pitching, the Mets have a three headed monster at the top of the rotation, and it isn't who you would think. Ace Matt Harvey, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, has been great. He has 24 strikeouts in three games started, and is 3-0 on the year. Reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jacob de Grom is 2-1 with a 0.93 ERA through three starts and picked up right where he left off.

The third key to the rotation? Bartolo Colon. The 41-year-old righty is also 3-0, with a .80 whip. Colon doesn't have the arm strength like Harvey, but he is getting hitters out with his movement. The Mets look like a team that has terrific balance, and most importantly, a strong chance to maintain this torrid pace. 

The Struggles of the Miami Marlins

The Marlins were supposed to be a team that would be competing for a postseason berth, yet they are sitting at 3-10, seven games out of first place. Everything that could have gone wrong for the Marlins has gone wrong. Coming into the season, many had hoped that the Marlins would be a great offensive team, but that has not been the case so far. They are league average in almost every hitting category, and 27th in home runs. Giancarlo Stanton has gotten out of the gate slowly, hitting .239 with two home runs and 11 RBI through the first 13 games. No one else is really picking up the slack. Dee Gordon is the lone bright spot offensively. He's batting .389 but obviously can't do it alone.  

To make matters worse, the pitching is even worse. The Marlins have the highest ERA of 5.10, more than any other team. A team has no chance of winning if they are giving up that many runs on a night to night basis. Mat Latos, their big offseason pickup, is 0-3 with a 10.24 ERA. He's only pitched 9.2 innings in his three starts. Also, they are 23rd in the league in Opponents Batting Average. Teams are hitting .254 against them. The Marlins have tons of problems, but most importantly they have to fix their pitching. Jose Fernandez can't come back soon enough.

Clayton Kershaw"s Rocky Starts

Don't worry, he is still the best pitcher in the league. I know I am overreacting a little but Kershaw's has been anything but typical Clayton Kershaw early. Through his first three starts, he has a 4.42 ERA, and is 1-1. His last start was more Kershaw-like, throwing 6.1 innings, and tossing 12 strikeouts in the win. The first two starts, however, are alarming. He gave up a combined 16 hits and 8 earned runs in those those. That isn't Cy Young stuff. I don't think this will continue for him, and it hasn't slowed down the Dodgers at all, but it is definitely something to keep your eye on. 

The Return of A-Rod?

I think we can all agree nobody really saw this coming. Alex Rodriguez is actually hitting the ball really well. He hasn't had a decent hitting season since 2010, but A-Rod might be up to something. He has four home runs and 11 RBI's, but most impressive is his .412 OBP. A-Rod has been the most consistent hitter for the Yankees this season. He has moved around in the batting order, starting in the 7th spot, but Rodriguez has earned his way into the 3 or 4 spot. For example, in 2010, when Rodriguez hit 30 home run and had 125 RBI's, he only hit two homers all of April. With nine games left this month, A-Rod already has four. I doubt A-Rod hits 30 home runs, but it is nice to see A-Rod off to a nice start.


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