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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MATT WIETERS IS THE ORIOLES' OFFENSIVE JUGGERNAUT( Patrick Smith, Getty Images / August 19, 2013 )
It's not a shock that Matt Wieters can put together an offensive stretch over a dozen games that looks like this. But to glance at the stat sheet and see him leading the Orioles in batting (.341; Delmon Young's .400 wouldn't qualify), homers (3) and RBIs (9) is a bit surprising.
With free agency looming for Wieters and Chris Davis after next season, it's been popular sports-talk radio fodder to debate which is more valuable to the Orioles. If nothing else, Wieters' start this year is reason to remember that the book isn't closed on these guys' development as players. Wieters, at 27, may just be touching on the offensive promise that he showed when he was drafted.
Or, this stretch is just an outlier and people will soon return to whining about his production at the plate.