With the first week of the 2016 MLB season in the books, we take a look at some of the notable games, matchups, players, and storylines that are already garnering some attention. Call it serendipity but MLB couldnâ€™t have scheduled a more compelling opening day game than a World Series rematch between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets. The energy at Kaufmann Stadium harkened back to last October with tensions carrying over from the 2015 baseball classic. And like last years World Series, Matt Harvey pitched a tightly contested game only to lose 4-3 to Edinson Volquez. Game 2 yielded a similar result as last year with Noah Syndergaard pitching a 6 inning 9 strikeout gem, helping the Mets avoid a sweep with a 2-0 victory.
Even though itâ€™s way too early to draw any conclusions, many of the the teams picked by the experts to contend this year seem to be rearing their heads already. The Detroit Tigers look like theyâ€™ve returned to form after missing the postseason last year for the first time in 4 years, trailing the Royals by half a game from the top of the American League Central at 3-1. The most contested division in baseball is back at it again with this yearâ€™s World Series favorite Chicago Cubs sitting atop of the National League Central at 5-1. Not to be out done by the Cubs, the Cincinnati Reds, believe it or not, are tied for first place at 5-1. To no oneâ€™s surprise the Pittsburgh Pirates are a half a game behind at 4-2. Raising eyebrows is the St. Louis Cardinals 0-3 start, a team that won 100 games last year finished the weekend strong to close out the week 3-3.
â€” Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 8, 2016
If history is any indication of what the future will bare, itâ€™s an even year which means the San Francisco Giants will win another title, and yes the Giants are in first place in the National League West at 5-2. Not too long ago, ie 2014, fans at Oriole Park were treated to October baseball while making it all the way to the ALCS. With Buck Showalter at the helm, many felt the Orioles were establishing themselves as the new king of the hill in the American League East. Needless to say 2015 was extremely disappointing with the Orioles finishing in 3rd place and missing the playoffs with a 81-81 record. Now the team is raising eyebrows once again as the only undefeated team in all of baseball at 5-0 and in first place in the AL East ahead of the Red Sox, Yankees, and Blue Jays respectively.
— MLB Roundup (@MLB_Roundup) April 10, 2016
As we all know baseball is a team sport centered around individual player performances that dominate the headlines. That being said Seattle Mariner second baseman Robinson Cano is off to the hottest start of his career, hitting 4 home runs and 7 rbi in his first 3 games. New York Yankee fans have to be all smiles with the debut of Starlin Castro at shortstop. The Yankees took a calculated gamble signing Castro as a free agent and it seems to be paying dividends with Starlin batting .450 and knocking in 8 rbi helping the Bronx Bombers to a 3-2 start. Shifting gears to the National League West the Colorado Rockies are looking like a potential nightmare to opposing pitchers with DJ LeMahieu batting .478 (3rd in the majors), Trevor Story belting 7 homers in 6 games (1st in the majors and best start ever), and Carlos Gonzalez hitting 3 home runs (tied for 3rd in the majors).
â€” Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) April 11, 2016
With the season off to an auspicious start, 2016 looks like it will deliver thrills and fanfare from seasonâ€™s past. This weekâ€™s notable game matchups!!!
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