It has been just a little over a month since the 2013 MLB season started and there have been several storylines thus far. Here are the ones that stood out to me:
Justin Upton’s numbers are not as good as they seem.
After the first month of the season, lots of baseball fans think that Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton would win the NL MVP if the season were to end today. Yes, Upton had a great first month of the season with his major league leading 12 home runs, but he doesn’t have the numbers to win the MVP right now. Of his 12 home runs, only one has been with a runner on base. Yes that it is not is fault but Upton only has 21 RBIs right now. Upton is batting .178 with runners on base this season and .190 with runners in scoring position. Upton has almost twice as many strikeouts, 41, than RBIs. His .269 batting average this season is close to his career .278 average and if Upton wants to become an MVP recipient, he will have to lower his strikeouts and improve his average with runners on. By the way, Upton returns to face his old team the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight in Phoenix.
Miguel Cabrera can accomplish the AL Triple Crown for a second straight year.
During his 2012 AL MVP season, Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera became the first AL player to hit for the Triple Crown since Boston Red Sox LF Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. After watching him accomplish it last year, I already knew that he could do it this year. Cabrera is apart of one of the major’s most dangerous lineups and with newly acquired OF Tori Hunter in front of him and the powerful 1B Prince Fielder behind him allowing him to easily lead the AL in RBIs. He is currently first in the AL with 40. Miguel Cabrera also does not strikeout. Cabrera is the opposite of Upton as he currently has twice as many RBIs as he has strikeouts. He also leads the AL in batting average with .376. There is no doubt that Cabrera is the game’s best hitter buts it’s how he does it that makes him so dangerous. He can hit the ball to anywhere in the field and is batting .521 with runners in scoring position. It will not surprise me if at the end of the 2013 MLB season, Cabrera leads the AL in batting average, home runs, and RBIs.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are in deep trouble.
Currently sitting in fourth place in the AL West and 10 games behind the Texas Rangers are the Angels. Entering this season, I knew that Angels were going to have trouble with their rotation because they didn’t really have one. Although the signing of CF Josh Hamilton highlighted the 2012 offseason, I still believe that their offseason was a disappointment because they didn’t address any of their pitching needs. They lost three of their starting pitchers from last year as Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, and Zach Greinke all found new homes this season. After Jered Weaver went on the 15-day DL with a broken left elbow in April, the Angels were left with one of the worst starting pitching staffs in baseball. The Angels are currently 27th in the MLB with a team era of 4.59. Tommy Hanson has the team’s lowest era and it is just under four runs per game. Bottom line is that the Angels are headed for a long, disappointing season if they don’t make any trades and pick up some quality pitchers. Oh, and their big offseason acquisition Hamilton is batting a horrendous .203 so far this season.
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