Five Things We Learned From April:
1.) Eric Thames is a beast
Even though he got injured for a few days, Thames still has 11 HR’s (home runs), tied for the league lead, 19 RBI (runs batted in) , and would be in the running for NL triple crown if it was the end of the season. He already has more home runs in less than half of the at bats then the last time he played in the majors (2012). No wonder they think he is a god in Korea.
2.) Edwin Encarnacion is really important for the Blue Jays
Last offseason, after the Blue Jays lost in the ALDS, free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion left the Blue Jays and their 4.11 runs per game offence to go to the defending AL champ Cleveland Indians. This year the Blue Jays are 8 games back of first place and are the second worst team in baseball. Their offense is now also averaging only 3.58 runs per game. The moral? The Blue Jays need Encarnacion and seem destined to have a bad season without him anchoring their lineup.
3.) Don Mattingly won’t let his pitchers finish no-hitters
On April 16th Mattingly pulled Dan Straily, in the middle of the six inning despite Strailys no hit bid. Two nights later, he pulled Wei - Yin Chen in the seventh inning and he was also in the middle of a no hitter. Mattingly’s strategy, while non-conventional, has proved effective as the Marlins went on to win both of those games.
4.) Bryce Harper’s 2016 season was a fluke
Bryce Harper had an MVP campaign in 2015, but he followed that up with a disappointing 2016 campaign. But if there is anything we learned from April, it’s that Harper is more like his 2015 version than his 2016 one. He is batting .391, has 26 RBI and 9 HR’s.
5.) The Yankees will be very good very soon
The Yankees are tied for best record in the AL through April and finished the month by sweeping the Red Sox and taking two of three from the Orioles. Aaron Judge looks like the next Babe Ruth and all their pitchers look stellar even though up. The most impressive thing about this run, however, is that they have been doing this all with up and coming star Gary Sanchez out of the lineup and on the DL most of the year. The future of the Yankees looks bright with six top 100 prospects still in the minors. Even if they can’t keep up their torrid pace, they still look to be a top team for 2018 and beyond.
10 Weird April Stats:
1.) Khris Davis HR’s
The A’s OF, not really thought of as a HR guy, is tied for the AL lead with ten.
2.) Greg Holland Saves
After years of setting up for Wade Davis in Kansas City, Holland finally got to become a closer and leads the MLB in saves with 11.
3.) Ervin Santana ERA (earned run average)
Santana, not really thought of as a top pitcher, leads the MLB with a 0.77 ERA.
4.) Ivan Nova CG (complete games)
Ivan Nova threw two complete games and a shutout in April.
5.) Jose Quintana, Adam Wainwright, Rick Porcello, Gerrit Cole, Carlos Martinez, Jeff Samardzija and Madison Bumgarner records
All of these big name top pitchers remain winless and have a combined 0- 23 record to start the season.
6.) Top nine in MLB batting average
Ryan Zimmerman, Justin Turner, Bryce Harper, Freddie Freeman, Avisail Garcia, Mike Trout, Brandon Phillips, Zack Cozart and Starlin Castro are the top nine in Batting Average in the MLB. Enough said.
7.) Ryan Zimmerman
Ryan Zimmerman would win the NL triple crown if the season ended today.
8.) Avisail Garcia and Aaron Judge RBI
Avisail Garcia and Aaron Judge are both tied for fifth in AL RBI. Judge also is tied for the AL lead in HR’s and Garcia leads the AL in batting average.
9.) Rockies and D-Backs division leader, Phillies in second
The top two teams in the NL West don’t include the Giants or the Dodgers. Sitting at the top are the Rockies and Diamondbacks, two teams who finished under .500 last year.
10.) The three last place teams in the AL are the Blue Jays, the Rangers and Royals
The Jays and Rangers went to the playoffs last year and the Royals won the World Series two short years ago.
By Roey Herzfeld and Ezra Troy
Roey Herzfeld and Ezra Troy are both sophomores at the Berman Hebrew Academy and avid baseball fans.