We are still very early in the MLB season, but it has to be said that there are already a couple of big surprises brewing. The LA Dodgers and Washington Nationals, two of the favorites to win the World Series at the start of the year, are struggling. They can probably take heart is looking at some of the other bigger teams who came out slow now starting to put things together, but they really won’t want to wait too much longer to start rolling, as the holes they are digging now are already quite deep. The division races will continue to take shape, and we have some exciting top series this week that will make that happen. Let’s take a look at what’s on tap for the week, with the big weekend series coming inn article later this week.
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Colorado Rockies Vs Chicago Cubs
One of the other big teams that came out a little slow this season were the Chicago Cubs, but they are starting to put things right. They come into this week on a 4-game winning streak and 8 wins in their last 10, a run that has them just a half game back of the Pittsburgh Pirates at the top of the NL Central. The Rockies ended their week with back to back losses, but may actually be looking forward to getting on the road to start this week, as they have a much better record away from home, sitting 3 games above .500 on the road in the early going.
New York Yankees Vs Houston Astros
The boo birds were out early in the season for the Yankees, but no-one is booing now. The Yankees have reeled off 9 straight wins and are now back in contention with the Boston Red Sox at the top of the AL East, which is exactly what we all expected. They will start this week with a road trip that will take them into the building of the defending World Series champion Houston Astros. There is no real sign of a World Series hangover with this group, as they are 19-10 on the season, which has been enough to give them a 2-game lead in the West. The Astros have been better on the road than at home this season, but are still 3 games above .500 in their own building.
Atlanta Braves Vs New York Mets
While the Washington Nationals continue to struggle, the remaining teams in the NL East look to make hay at the top of the division. The Braves have been a very pleasant surprise this year, and are a team that is incredibly fun to watch. That excitement got taken to a whole new level last week when they finally called up Ronald Acuna, the most exciting young prospect in all of baseball. He has certainly not disappointed and will come into this week batting over .400. The Mets have a game and a half lead over the Braves at the top but have been sputtering a little, going 5-5 in their last 10 games.
LA Dodgers Vs Arizona Diamondbacks
It’s easy to forget that the Diamondbacks were a playoff team last year, especially with the Dodgers going all the way to the World Series, but they look to be for real again this season. The D-backs have opened the season at 19-8 and have already built up a 7-game lead over the Dodgers. LA is 3 games under .500 to start the year and is just 5-7 on the road. Not the kind of road record that you want to take into the desert when facing a team that has only lost 3 games in their own ballpark this season.