MLB Round-Up: Thieves, Surprises, and More
The first couple months of the baseball season have delivered some very interesting stats. Here are just a couple of the early surprises around the league.
The thief we all know as Carl Crawford stole six bases in a game against the Boston Red Sox on May 5th. Crawford already has 22 stolen bases coming into tonight’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. After that, the Rays’ speedster will take on the Indians in a four-game series. Keep an eye on Crawford, as he could become the first player to steal 100 bases in a season since Vince Coleman cracked triple digits in 1987 for the St. Louis Cardinals.
In other baseball news, the Toronto Blue Jays are the best team in the AL with a 22-12 record. No, I’m not joking when I tell you this. The Jays potent offense helped the team became the first to reach 200 runs this season. Their batting average leader, Aaron Hill, is batting .353 with 29 RBI. The Blue Jays also have an anonymous pitching staff. For instance have you ever heard of Brian Tallet or Scott Richmond? These pitchers, along with star Roy Halladay, have been key factors to the Blue Jays success.
Another big story in baseball has been pitching phenomenon Zack Greinke. Up until his surprising loss to the Angels, Greinke was 6-0 with an incredible 0.40 ERA. However, after giving up one run to the Angels, Greinke is now 6-1 with a 0.51 ERA. Don’t get me wrong, this is still amazing, just don’t expect Greinke to keep racking up wins with such weak run support. After all, you can’t win a game if you can’t score.