This may be hard to believe, but the first two weeks of the 2016 Major League Baseball season have already come and gone. This post covers the first two weeks of the season, but this will be a weekly occurrence for this point forward for remainder of the 2016 season.
Overall, the biggest thing that jumps off the page to me as well as every other pundit out there, and it's not even a contest, is the start of the Minnesota Twins. This was a team that before the season, most said would contend, and some said would even make the playoffs. I myself, if you remember back to my season preview, penciled in this team for 88 wins and the Wild Card game win, advancing as far as the ALDS before losing to the Royals. The Twins began the 2016 season 0-9, and couldn't get a hit with two outs and runners in scoring position to save their life. But, the Twins have begun to turn it around this weekend. They swept the Los Angeles Angels, winning 3-2 today in extra innings. Their offense is finally starting to show signs of life. They begin a huge 4 game series with the Brewers this week. They will play two in Minnesota and two in Milwaukee. The Twins will need to win at least two.
Speaking of those Brewers, two weeks into the season they are playing better than expected. They were 5-5 two days ago before getting dump trucked by the Pirates the last two games. That places them at 5-7 after the first two weeks. Their schedule gets a little easier in the coming weeks other than the Cubs, so expect them to hover around just under .500 longer than expected before dropping off eventually by June.
The most pleasant surprise so far has been the play of the Colorado Rockies, specifically one Trevor Story. The Rockies are currently 7-5 and have an early lead in the NL West. Story is one of the big reasons why, and he has been a story. He hit seven home runs in the first six games of the season, setting a Major League record for a rookie. He cooled off in week two, but still played well. Dusty Baker has been exactly what the doctor ordered so far in Washington. Baker was brought into ease the tensions between the players. He has done exactly that so far, and the Nationals are currently 9-2, owners of the best record here in the early going across all of baseball.
Pablo Sandoval is looking like he is going to end up as one of the biggest free agent busts in sports history. After a nightmare 2015, Sandoval has had a worse 2016. He showed up for Red Sox Spring Training even more overweight than he was. He lost his job in Spring Training to Brock Holt and is now on the DL. I am also worried a little about my World Series champions Houston Astros. They are really struggling to hit the ball out of the ballpark so far this season. Still it's early, and I expect they will turn it around.