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MLB 2012 - Biggest Surprises?  
User currently offlineCompensateMe From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1193 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1190 times:

We're now one-fifth of the way into the 2012 MLB season. What do you think the biggest surprises are?

Obviously Albert Pujols flirting with the Mendoza line with only one home run would have to top the list. Meanwhile, his replacement on the Cardinals (Carlos Beltran) has been flirting above .300/.400 with 13 HR.

Here's my picks:
-- Baltimore leading the AL East Division. Heck, they're 3-2 vs. NYY since getting swept by them at the beginning of the season.

-- Derek Lowe's 6-1, 2.05 ERA performance through eight starts. And ATL paid CLE $10M just to get rid of him. (And yes, I think his high WHIP will catch up to him.)

-- Arizona's disappointing start.


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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13598 posts, RR: 61
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1175 times:
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Quoting CompensateMe (Thread starter):
-- Arizona's disappointing start.

  

Of late, Justin Upton is something like 4 for 25 and batting around .200. Gibby has said he's considering giving him "3 to 5 days off" to clear his head and get back on track. And Goldschmidt is likely to be sent down to the minors.

I'm guessing if (when) they lose to the Dodgers tonight and fall 10 1/2 games in back of them we'll see more changes to the players like Gibby did last season.



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User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1174 times:

Biggest surprise for the Giants has to be that going into today Barry Zito's ERA is over three runs lower than Tim Lincecum's. 2.53 vs 5.89 for anyone that's curious.

The defense has been surprisingly terrible too. The Giants were supposed to be solid defensively, but it's been a three ring circus all season long.



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User currently offlineCompensateMe From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1171 times:

The Dodger's hot start also surprises me. Eventually Capuano will have to pitch like Capuano, right?

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 2):
Biggest surprise for the Giants has to be that going into today Barry Zito's ERA is over three runs lower than Tim Lincecum's. 2.53 vs 5.89 for anyone that's curious.

Lincecum's struggles don't surprise me. He's always given up too many walks, but now that he's giving up more hits (poor defense?), they're catching up to him.



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User currently offlineDiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1551 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1169 times:

The fact that KC came out and laid an egg for the first month of the season, with the 12 game skid. Since then, they've been playing some good baseball. Heck, even with a 12 game loosing streak, they are only 4.5 out of the division.

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User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 932 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1088 times:

Biggest surprises for me so far this year are:

-Henderson Alvarez's string of really good starts;
-Jeter and Ortiz finding another hundred points in their OPS (I know, small sample size, but still);
-Pujols; and
-How entertaining Mets baseball is this year.

Quoting CompensateMe (Thread starter):
-- Baltimore leading the AL East Division. Heck, they're 3-2 vs. NYY since getting swept by them at the beginning of the season.

-- Derek Lowe's 6-1, 2.05 ERA performance through eight starts. And ATL paid CLE $10M just to get rid of him. (And yes, I think his high WHIP will catch up to him.)

-- Arizona's disappointing start.

Don't worry, there will be a regression to normal in all of these cases at some point, I would imagine. Good news for D-Backs fans, not so good for Indians or O's fans, I'm afraid.

Quoting CompensateMe (Reply 3):
The Dodger's hot start also surprises me. Eventually Capuano will have to pitch like Capuano, right?

The Dodgers are playing somewhat above where they should be, so I predict a small regression in their case; not enough that they'll be out of a playoff spot when all is said and done, though.



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User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1081 times:

Most people probably expected the Brewers to at least contend for a postseason spot, but after a rash of season-ending injuries to three starters its lookin kinda bleak.The starting pitching is finally starting to come around and live up to expectations, but the offense has been woefully frustrating. Just the other day they were blanked by Miguel Batista in seven innings, a 41 year old battling just to keep his career alive.

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 1):
And Goldschmidt is likely to be sent down to the minors.

You really think so? I'd be somewhat surprised if they'd go that far, especially considering all the hype with him last year after he got brought up. He's currently hittin .218, and while that's not good, I'm not sure if its bad enough to send him down (for now at least).



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User currently offlinetexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4278 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1043 times:

Quoting MrChips (Reply 5):
The Dodgers are playing somewhat above where they should be, so I predict a small regression in their case; not enough that they'll be out of a playoff spot when all is said and done, though.

I dunno if a regression is in order . . . they still get to play the Padres, Giants and Rockies a good number of times!

Surprises:
Hamilton with 18 HR on the year already (career high of 32)
Baltimore's bullpen (2nd best bullpen ERA in baseball, behind Texas)
That Minnesota is really THAT bad
James McDonald of the Pirates
Heck, the Pirates' pitching in general
The Mets are 3 games over .500 despite a run differential of -26
No team in the AL Central has a positive run differential
The Angels
The Rangers pitching (least amount of runs allowed in AL with 138. A's have second least at 146)
The Nationals and how well Gio Gonzalez has pitched for them

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