Monday, April 30, 2012
One month of the season in the books, and some things are unfolding as expected. And of course, most are not. The Rangers are winning at a rate that far exceeds their capabilities. The Angels are losing as a similar pace. The AL East is backwards. The pot stirrers on ESPN are already attempting to blow hot air against the sails that currently buoy the Orioles atop the standings. My memory ain't so good, but I do have recollections of very bad teams starting out the season strong, only to have their lack of depth and consistency expose them for the cellar dwellers that they are by the end of May. The Tigers are mediocre at the moment. The Cardinals are playing great baseball sans Pujols and La Russa and Duncan. The Dodgers are just plain silly. The Cubs are providing the stability that enables us all to stay rooted at this early juncture of the season. But what surprises me, despite how unsurprising it is, would have to be the success of the Atlanta Braves. I thought they would be good, but they may just be better than we all thought.