The MLB season is long. Very long. So long it only makes sense to break down the season by months. We’ll be examining the season this way and picking the three winners and losers of each month. We’ll take into account expectations, otherwise this list would just be the three best records and the three worst records up to that point and that’s just boring. With that let’s check in on who won and lost April.
Colorado Rockies: Although Colorado is 4 games behind the division leading Dodgers, the fact that they’re this close to Los Angeles is a victory in itself. They were projected to finish last in the division and instead are right in the middle of the competition in spite of underwhelming performance from new acquisition Kris Bryant. Pitcher Chad Kuhl and veteran shortstop Jose Iglesias have stepped up to lead this team to a 16-12 record. This team probably won’t make the playoffs, but for now they’ve exceeded expectations.
Minnesota Twins: The Twins have taken advantage of a weak AL Central and separated themselves as the clear-cut favorites to win the division. They’re currently 18-11 as of this writing with their only real competition, Chicago, falling to .500. They have suffered a setback in losing all star shortstop Carlos Correa but Royce Lewis is a good prospect and should keep the lineup steady. He doesn’t have to play hero ball with the likes of Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano leading the offense.
NY Mets: Like the Twins, New York has separated themselves as the cream of the crop in the NL East. In fact, they’re arguably the best team in baseball right now. They have a run differential of +36 with only the Yankees and Dodgers surpassing them. They’ve done this without ace pitcher Jacob DeGrom who was recently placed on the 60-day IL (progress!). Nevertheless, they still have the likes of Max Scherzer, Francisco Lindor, and Pete Alonso leading this ballclub so it’s fair to assume the Mets will keep their hold on the East. Yes, can’t imagine the Mets of all teams blowing this division lead. Right?
Cincinnati Reds: The undisputed worst team in baseball has problems that extend beyond the baseball diamond. Current COO Phil Castellini has made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t care about the fans and is essentially gatekeeping the team. Root for this terrible team or we’ll sell the team to someone who will uproot it from Cincinnati. Wow. The smugness and audacity is infuriating, and I hope the fans of this storied franchise stay strong. Reds fans deserve better than this.
Texas Rangers: Deja vu is a helluva thing. While Texas had some hype going into the season with the signing of all star shortstop Corey Seager they didn’t do much beyond that. Yes, Corey Seager is a generational talent, but you can’t win ball games with one player. They’re second to last in a division with the Angels, Astros, and the playoff hopeful Mariners. Even Seager can’t drag this roster to a wildcard spot. I wonder if Seager has given Alex Rodriguez a call yet?
Boston Red Sox: For a team with big names such as Xander Bogaerts, Trevor Story, and J.D. Martinez the Red Sox have an 11-19 record to show for it. Not good. Although most experts didn’t predict this team to win the division, they weren’t supposed to be this bad. It’s a long season, and baseball logic dictates that Boston won’t finish dead last in the division but this is a bad start for this ballclub and sets them up for a difficult summer.
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