So believe it or not, but we have already passed the first quarter mark of the 2019 baseball season...and really what have we learned so far? We've learned that a few of our early season predictions are playing out exactly as Chris and Tom had anticipated...while others have been going way off-script. On this show, we circle the divisions and take note of a few interesting highlights from each. We take a look at the early season fortunes of the Cubs and the Braves, examine the ultra-resurgence of Hyun-Jin Ryu, and admire the breakout campaigns for Pirates 1st Baseman Josh Bell and Angels utility-man Tommy La Stella.
With all that's going on around MLB, we would be remiss if we didn’t spend some time talking at length about one of the most interesting teams in all of baseball…though not for the reasons that usually make a team interesting. The California Angels, excuse me, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, have staggered out of the gates once again, needing a 4-game winning streak to bring their record to an underwhelming 15 wins vs 17 losses. When you look at their roster, it’s a head scratching combination of utter greatness, sheer mediocrity, and tired retreads. Real talk, but how long can the Halos remain mediocre before it officially becomes both a crime against Mike Trout and, more importantly, a crime against baseball?
That’s not to say that they have nothing going for them, as we look for signs of life within the club and break down the one really fascinating skill of 2nd Basemen David Fletcher.
Away from the city of Angels, we touch upon Joey Gallo’s prospective breakout, Zack Greinke’s hitting prowess, and how CC Sabathia’s recent career milestones may impact his Hall of Fame chances. That, and so much more.
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