A Review Of MLB 2019's Start And A Rest-Of-Season Outlook

A Review Of MLB 2019's First Two Weeks And A Rest-Of-Season Outlook

The 2019 MLB season is already about 1/16 of the way done and there's a lot to talk about.

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Note: All statistics and standings referenced in this article were sourced from the official MLB website.


AL

East

The AL East has been quite a surprising division, with the Tampa Bay Rays jumping out to a quick nine and three record, with the third best win percentage in the entire league. Perhaps the biggest concern in this division is not the unexpected rise to the top for the Rays, but the fall of the defending World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox, to the bottom of the division, with just a measly 3 wins. I am sure the Red Sox will recover from their slow start, but considering they are already 6 games behind the division leading Rays, it will hard for them to win their division once again.

Central

The Indians are once again leading the AL Central here in the early goings of the season, with a seven-three record to start the year. However, the Tigers have also made a name for themselves already, just a half a game behind Cleveland with a seven-four record, and the Minnesota Twins are only a game behind as well. This division may well be an interesting one to watch as the season goes on, with lots of teams already in close contention and winning records.

West

My oh my, the league-leading Seattle Mariners are on top of the AL West, with an impressive 10 wins and two losses to make for a lopsided .833 win percentage. It helps that their bats have stayed hot and their pitching has stayed dominant, accounting for their league-best +37 run differential. The next best team, the Astros, are already 3.5 games behind the Mariners, and considering the Mariners show no signs of slowing, they will likely dominate the rest of the season.

NL

East

The NL East has been my personal favorite division so far, not just because it has my personal favorite Atlanta Braves. Behind the AL Central, the NL East is the second-most competitive division so far in the year. After getting swept by the Philadelphia Phillies to start the year, the Braves have won six out of their last 7 games, jumping out to a six-four record, 1.5 games behind the seven-and-two Phillies. In addition, the Mets have also played well and are also only one game behind, with a six-three record.

Central

The NL Central has gone about as expected in the first two weeks. The defending AL Central champs Milwaukee Brewers have taken a two game lead already at eight wins and three losses, and the Cubs have gotten into a slump, falling to three-and-seven within the first 10 games. This division seems to be inconsistent outside of the Brewers, however, so it may be interesting to see what happens to the Pirates and the Cardinals as the season continues.

West

As to no one's surprise, the Dodgers have jumped out in front of the rest of the teams in the NL West, with an eight wins and three losses. This is especially unsurprising considering the Dodgers have Cody Bellinger, who leads the league in home runs with 7, and the fact that the Dodgers have the best team batting average in the league with .296. However, the seven-and-four San Diego Padres are just a game behind LA and one good series could put them ahead, making for a good battle the rest of the season.

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Retired baseballer Jose Canseco's Twitter account is a goldmine, overlooked by many but home to dozens upon dozens of bewildering and hilarious dispatches from his enigmatic psyche. Among his favorite topics are the "sandsquatch," his ex-wife, and the various beings of the supernatural. I compiled a number of my favorite tweets.


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The Excitement Of The NBA Playoffs Without Lebron James

The NBA playoffs are among us and it is my favorite time of the year. The time for the NBA to shine is the playoffs, but this year's rating has seen a bit of decline.

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The NBA playoffs are a very exciting time for the typical NBA fan and I sure love nothing more than to kick back and watch the action. The excitement and the number of games on are unreal and they start one after another so every game can be watched without another one interfering with the other. The games have so much more than typical basketball and people are disappointed this year because Lebron James missed the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The last 14 years he has been dominating the NBA playoffs and this year was different so the ratings are plummeting.

The series are a best of 7 making it a long fun series of games with so much on the line. I have watched many of the games and highlights and have truly appreciated the greatness I am watching. The lower seeded teams have been doing well against the best teams and are giving them a run for the money. We have had a few fun blowout games that are interesting because you are seeing a team dominate the entire game and hit many great shots and make big plays. The good teams are still winning most of the games, but at least we have some close games that come down to the buzzer to make for great competition.

We then have young stars like Damian Lillard and Ben Simmons who have been giving us some amazing stat lines and leading their team to big first-round wins and both making huge highlights so far. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and James Harden have been the big stars having great games and contributing heavily to both their teams and the ratings to make the playoffs fun. Even without Lebron, these guys are still showing us how fun basketball is to watch and play.

The style of team basketball many of these guys are playing with is amazing to watch. I am all about teamwork and there is a new player doing something spectacular and having a standout game every night with the help of their team. The Los Angeles Clippers rallied for the biggest playoff comeback in NBA history by coming back from 31 down against the defending champions the Golden State Warriors. It is nice to see teams like the Clippers, Magic, and Pacers who do not have a standout star play great team basketball. These teams are losing most of their games, but they do not have the talent these other teams have. They are going out and playing well as a team every single night and working to make sure everyone is contributing on offense and defense to have a chance to win.

Damian Lillard even hit a buzzer beater to win the series over the Thunder the other night and it shows us how much of an impact one player can have on the whole game. The excitement of the upcoming free agency period is vastly hyped, but the current teams are so well set up for success that the next 2 rounds of the playoffs will be the ultimate tests for all teams to see who will play each other for the championship.

Everyone thinks the Warriors will once again host the NBA Larry O'Brien Trophy and be the top team in the league for the next year, but there are a few teams that have been quite impressive all season and have the momentum in their favor just as much as the defending champions. There will be plenty of big games to come and I am positive the players will put on a huge showing to make these playoffs memorable for all true NBA fans. Lebron is my favorite player of all time and I love watching him play especially in the finals for the title, but the ratings should still be high due to the great competitive game of basketball and the amazing moments we get to enjoy all throughout the playoffs. I encourage any basketball fan to tune in for these games and I promise you will not be disappointed with any of the games.

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