2017 MLB Season: First Impressions

mlb.jpegBy Daniel Daly,

The 2017 MLB season is underway and teams are starting to show their true colors. There have been many surprises around the league. Here are some of the most notable stories taking place so far:

New York Yankees: During the offseason, many analysts predicted that the Yankees would end up a .500 or sub .500 team. This seemed to be a reality after starting the season 1-4, but the Bombers weren’t phased. They have now won 8 straight games and are second in the AL East with a 9-4 record behind the Baltimore Orioles. They are an offensive powerhouse with a league leading plus-23 run differential and are second in the league with an .804 OPS behind the bats of Aaron Judge and Chase Headley. Is this the real Yankees? Or will we see the faults that many analysts predicted?

Chicago Cubs: The Cubs are not looking like the same team that won the 2016 World Series. The Cubs just dropped their fourth straight after a 6-3 loss to the Brewers last night. Their Bullpen is struggling and have been a major issue on the way to 6-7 start.

Eric Thames: After leaving the MLB for a short stint in Korea, Eric Thames seems to have found his groove at age 30. Given the nickname ‘God’ in Korea, it was no surprise that an MLB team like the Brewers would sign Thames. The real surprise is that he has hit a league-leading 7 home runs and has a .405 batting average through 14 games.

It is still premature to make any predictions about the rest of the season. Will the Yankees continue to shine? Will the Cubs turn things around? Will Eric Thames continue to dominate? Each week we will find out more about the true identity of the teams and their players. There will be many more stories coming out of the MLB that we will follow into October.

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