When does the moment strike where you can legitimately decipher if a team is for real or not? I believe that moment is sometime in June, but the month of May is a step toward that. We’ll know more about the makeup of these teams once  we move closer to mid-season. Let’s jump into the weekly recap…

Don’t look now, but the Orioles are on a three-game winning streak! Despite starting their weekend series with the Red Sox with a 4-18 record, the O’s remembered how to win and beat Boston around Camden Yards for a three-game sweep. It was actually the first Orioles sweep of Boston at home in 36 years, whoa. It’s nice to see Baltimore and players like Adam Jones and Miguel Tejada get going, but the real story is where does Boston go from here? Yahoo! ran a story Sunday on how the Red Sox need to have a momentum-building May to keep up with the Yankees and Rays, but a sweep to the hands of the Orioles is not the way to start in the right direction. The Sox have some problems and while I don’t think they will be in the two-team race in the East all year, they definitely are too talented to sputter under .500 for the majority of the season.

Who thought the day would come where the Rangers could pitch better than they hit. Well that’s currently the trend for the 13-12 first-place Texas Rangers. CJ Wilson and Colby Lewis were solid so far this season, and the bullpen is looking legit as well after the Rangers rallied from one down in the ninth inning to defeat the Mariners 3-1 in extras. Texas is enjoying a 3.48 ERA, third best in the AL, and the scary part is the bats will have to wake up from a .243 average through the first month. The return of Ian Kinsler this weekend from the DL should help out a lot.

This Austin Jackson kid might not be too bad. Jackson, one of the key young prospects dealt to Detroit in the offseason for Curtis Granderson, is off to tremendous start to his MLB career with a line of .367/.420/.495, 21 runs scored, one home run, five stolen bases and two triples in 25 games. Baseball Reference’s Stat of the Day blog did a great post on how many players since 1952 put together 11 or more 2-hit games within the first 25 games of their career. It’s an interesting list considering a couple of the players who have also done it did not go on to very good careers.

I’ve talked a lot about the Rays fast start and the Twins fast start and some surprises like the Padres, but one team not really getting much attention from their 17-8 start are the Cardinals. This is mostly because most experts predicted the Cards to be a top the NL Central for most of the season. They currently hold a 4.5 game lead over the Cubs and with every other team in the Central looking like they have plenty of problems, I would be shocked if anyone really gave St. Louis a run for the title. They are once again doing it with pitching, leading the National League with a sterling 2.56 ERA. Of course, their bats aren’t too bad either with Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday locked into the middle of their lineup. Not to mention another rookie has come up and produce immediately for the Cards (see Colby Rasmus last year), but third baseman David Freese has been a nice surprise for this team. Freese has  three home runs, 16 RBI with one of the top averages in the NL at .355 behind only Andre Ethier of the Dodgers. Barring anything drastic with injuries, I don’t see the Cardinals relinquishing the lead in the Central at any point this season.

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