There were some definite surprises after the first week of the 2016 Major League Baseball Season. So much so, that it makes sense to give a run down of those surprises. Don't get me wrong. The big dogs came out to pitch and hit in the first week. But some of the big dogs ended up lying down and taking a nap.
The second week figures to be as interesting. See below for Week 1's top surprises!
Trevor Story is a bad ass – Not counting his stats form 4/12, the Colorado Rockies rookie has 7 home runs in only 27 at-bats. That's just awesome. He's batting .333 with an on base percentage of .357 and a slugging percentage of 1.111. Hopefully, Story won't end the story that's developing about his awesomeness. One thing that could throw a huge wrench into Story's continued ascension into MLB glory is the fact that he's struck out 8 times in 27 at-bats. That's a lot of strikeouts for only 27 at bats.
Daniel Murphy is also a bad ass – Some baseball analysts thought that Murphy was a flash in the pan after he went on the tear in October last season. Not so. Murphy is batting .471 for his new team, the Washington Nationals. He has 8 hits in 17 at-bats. 2 of the hits were home runs. He's driven in 7 runs and has scored 3 himself already this season. With Murphy and 2015 NL MVP Bryce Harper in the line-up, the Washington Nationals have run out to a 4 and 1 record. Because Murphy has done this before, it goes to reason that he could stay hot for a while.
What's up with Zack Greinke? – I have no idea. Do you? Okay, blowing the first outing of the season is understandable. It happens. But what happened to Greinke in his second outing? He pitched somewhat better when lasting for 6 innings. Unfortunately, he ended up allowing 4 earned runs off of 7 hits. The Cubs beat the D'Backs 4 to 2. As it stands now, Greinke has a 9.90 ERA, an 0 and 2 record and a 2.00 WHIP. Something has to be amiss with ZG. He hasn't been this bad in a long, long time.
The Baltimore Orioles are undefeated – That's correct. Not counting their April 12 bow against the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles are 6 and 0. That's pretty incredible considering that many baseball analysts had Baltimore finishing in last place in the A.L. East. As a team, the Orioles are batting .291. The pitching is what's been truly impressive. The Orioles are ranked first in MLB in ERA. Oriole pitchers allow a 2.50 ERA as a team. Manny Machado is batting .458. Chris Davis has 7 RBIs and 3 home runs. Ubaldo Jimenez has a 1.29 ERA. So does Chris Tillman. Tillman has also struck out 10 batters in only 7 innings pitched.
The Chicago Cubs are for real – Okay, this isn't a real surprise. But, it sort of is. It's definitely a surprise to me. The Cubs were nothing but home run hitters last season. That's what they felt like to me. That's why I thought that they'd have trouble in the NL Central. After the first week, the Cubbies have already shut me up. The Cubs are ranked second in MLB in Bullpen ERA at 1.06 after 17 innings. They are ranked second in overall pitching after Baltimore with a 2.59 ERA. As a team, the Cubs are batting .263. They have 15 doubles, which means that they're not just trying to launch it out of the park. They've walked 38 times, which means that they're being patient. The young Cubs are maturing right in front of our eyes.