This may be the most surprising start to the baseball season that I can remember, well at least based on the expectations of experts and the members of this site. There are three things that I find totally bizarre at this point and it has no particular order:
1 – The Boston Red Sox are 2-7.
2 – The Cleveland Indians have won seven in a row and stand atop the AL Central with a 7-2 record.
3 – Carlos Silva is on the Yankees.
Let’s start with the Red Sox, well they’ve seemed to remember how to hit once they returned to Fenway this weekend, as they took two out of three from the Yankees. To go along with their solid hitting was some pretty solid pitching. Last night’s game saw Josh Beckett return to form by tossing eight innings of shut out ball, while striking out ten. Even though, game one was not the best outing for John Lackey, the bullpen looked superb by tossing four shutout innings that lead to win for the Red Sox.
After dropping the first two games of their opening series to the White Sox the Cleveland Indians have rattled off seven straight. When will they figure out they are not a good team, probably in a few weeks. The interesting part of the Indians’ story at the moment is the fact that Grady Sizemore is on the DL, which he figures to add an offensive boost when returning from the DL. The Indians could be a team that makes things interesting in the AL Central, but I figure by May 15 they’ll be in bad shape along with KC.
The Yankees are desperate for a starting pitcher that can last longer than five innings, so they’ve signed Carlos the Hutt to a minor league contract. Funny how that works isn’t it? The Cubs asked Silva to go to Triple A before possibly joining the rotation, and he took that as a slight. The Yankees offer him a minor league contract and he looks at that as an opportunity and signs. Sounds like another Yankee disaster in the making.
Meanwhile, back in Chicago things have been pretty much by the book, the White Sox, besides two really messy games last week, have motored along with barely a hiccup, while the Cubs look like the team we saw last year.
I still think Boston will win 98 games, and Cleveland will lose 90 games.