Five surprises from the start of the 2014 baseball season
We know, we know, baseball is a long season. But every year there are a number of developments from the first few weeks that make your raise an eyebrow.
In today's Five for Friday, deputy sports editor David Selig looks at five early-season happenings that few would have predicted even three weeks ago.
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DREADFUL START IN THE DESERT( Mark J. Rebilas, USA Today Sports / April 14, 2014 )
The Diamondbacks finished right at .500 in each of the past two seasons, so it's not like everyone expected them to be the class of the National League. But a 4-14 start is pretty disappointing for a team that seems to have a fair amount of young talent.
Paul Goldschmidt was a trendy bet for NL MVP and is off to a strong start (.338, 3 HR, 10 RBIs), and Mark Trumbo ranks third in the majors with 18 RBIs. But Arizona's pitching is beyond woeful. The D'Backs rank last in the majors with an ERA of 6.02. That's more than a run per game worse than the second-worst team, Minnesota (5.00)
Remember the consternation about the Orioles not landing Bronson Arroyo? He's got a team-worst ERA of 9.95 after giving up nine earned runs in 3.1 innings Tuesday -- against the Mets.