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Relax, it's early yet
April 14, 2011 - Seth Staskey
I am a baseball junkie, but at the same time, I am a realist when it comes to the sport.
I see no reason to get caught up in the standings for almost the entire month of April. All people want to talk about thus far is the play of the Boston Red Sox. Yes, the Red Sox spent a lot of money in the off-season and the results they had envisioned are far from what they're seeing.
Again, it's only April. There's no way this team is going to struggle the entire season. Its lineup is too good not to hit for an entire season. While, I admit that it's odd that an entire team comes north from spring training in a slump, but it is what it is. It's not going to last. The thing to worry about it is the rest of the division leaving them in the dust, but with the way the MLB schedules are slanted, teams play in their division so frequently that you can make up games thanks to the head-to-head meetings.
As for the rest of baseball, it's been pretty much as expected. The Yankees' pitching is still a concern, but they've hit 19 home runs at the time of writing this; the Rangers are an offensive juggernaut, but have lost Josh Hamilton for an extended period of time; the Brewers have the Pirates' number; the Cubs are playing a lot better; the Mets are still a disaster; Philadelphia's pitching is really, really good; Brian Wilson of the Giants is still one of the biggest characters in the game and lastly, Manny was Manny for the last time.
All of that in less than three weeks worth of action. WOW, it's going to be a great summer.
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